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Persis Drell Takes on New Role at SLAC
Profile: You've Seen His Name in SLAC Today, Now Read His Blog
SLAC Welcomes New Employees
Energy Tip of the Week
The Internet from Space

SLAC Today

Wednesday - August 7, 2007

Persis Drell Takes on New Role at SLAC

Persis Drell

Persis Drell stepped down as Director of Particle Physics and Astrophysics (PPA) on August 1, but she has not stepped out of laboratory management. Persis will continue to be a Deputy Director of SLAC with responsibility for managing the transition from B-factory operations to Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) operations.

Persis has been deeply involved in transition planning ever since she became Deputy Director two years ago. Supported by activities of the Business Improvement and Transition Team (BITT), the Technical Working Group (see related SLAC Today article) which defined the Linac operations budget for 2009, and the Space Working Group (see related SLAC Today article) which is optimizing space utilization (both of which she co-chairs with Keith Hodgson), Persis is preparing the way for the laboratory to optimally support LCLS operations.

Helping Persis to manage this transition process will be Steve Williams, Lowell Klaisner, John Seeman and Charlotte Chang, who will also continue as financial planner for PPA.

"The smooth transition from PEP-II operations to LCLS is a major challenge for the lab but it's also a tremendous opportunity," Persis said. "I look forward to working with many of the Operations, Photon Science, and PPA departments, as well as with John Galayda and his team, as we transition the funding, the workforce and workspaces to meet the new laboratory mission."

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You've Seen His Name in SLAC Today,
Now Read His Blog

(Photo - Ken Kingery)
Science Writing Intern Ken Kingery.
(Click on image for larger version.)

A new experiment was recently started at SLAC that anyone and everyone can take part in. The Communication Office's summer science writing intern, Ken Kingery, is publishing a daily blog about his experiences at the lab. This foray into the blogosphere will encompass lessons learned during his internship in journalism and science.

Kingery began blogging on June 11, four weeks into his internship at SLAC.

"I really hope lots of people from SLAC read the blog and post their comments," said Kingery. "The more interest and participation it receives, the more useful it will be to me as a learning tool."

Kingery says he wants scientists to post corrections to any mistakes and inaccuracies he makes in the blog on the website. Additionally, he hopes everyone will leave feedback on his SLAC Today stories.

"I want people who read SLAC Today to say, 'I loved this about that story,' or 'I hated that about this story,'" said Kingery. "And I'm hoping that people will leave suggestions for future stories."

The blog will complete Kingery's graduate studies coursework at Indiana University and is not part of his daily office duties nor officially sanctioned by the lab. Kingery will continue blogging daily until his internship ends in mid-September.

"I'm looking forward to getting some interesting responses," said Kingery. "It should be a fun experiment in new journalism."

SLAC Welcomes
New Employees

(Image - New employees)
Image courtesy of Diana Rogers. (Click on image for larger version.)

SLAC welcomed 16 new employees last week at orientation. From left to right, front to back, they are: Pete Eribia, Samuel Bashiri, John Domingo, Roberta Prohaska, Maneesha Khandekar, Pamela Elliott, Paul Espinoza, John Steward, Alan Sopar, Raymond Wallace, Cheng Weixing, Joel Rodriquez, Michael Thomas, Joel Hernandez, Deon Wilson, and Carol Lynn Silva.

Energy Tip of the Week

Where safe, practical and possible, turn off incandescent lights when leaving an area for any period of time and turn off fluorescent lights when leaving an area for more than 15 minutes. Use task lighting and turn off general lighting, where it is feasible to maintain sufficient lighting levels for safety and productivity.

More information is available from the Department of Energy's website.

The Internet from Space

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