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Safety Success Story: "We Got Safety in the Bag"
2007 SSRL/LCLS Users Meeting
Public Lecture Tonight: Dark Side of the Universe
Word of the Week: "Free Electron Laser"
Safety Seconds

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Tuesday - August 28, 2007

Safety Success Story: "We Got Safety in the Bag"

Where there's thoughtful communication and collaboration about safety, there's often a safety success story. For last month's SAFE07 feature story—the Final Focus Test Beam (FFTB) preservation project—the formula was no different. This month, we focus specifically on how collaboration between LCLS and the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Division supported the project's safety goals.

"Many groups all worked together on this project to do it, do it safely, and do it following regulations," said Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) Senior Field Construction Manager Bob Law. "Every individual helped with the project's success, but in particular the support of ES&H helped us meet our zero safety incidents goal."

ES&H worked closely with LCLS workers and contractors to integrate itself into the project. They worked with the other groups to plan, schedule and choreograph activities, and ensure that safety controls were enforced at all times. Daily safety meetings also helped keep everyone apprised of all the different activities planned for a given day.  Read more...

Spare the Air

(Image - spare the air)Tomorrow is a Spare the Air Day in the San Francisco Bay Area. Concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution are forecast to be unhealthy.  More information...

2007 SSRL/LCLS
Users Meeting


Mark your calendars—the 2007 SSRL Users' Meeting will feature a special expanded agenda that encompasses the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). This year's joint SSRL/LCLS meeting will kick off with a special symposium on the future of x-ray science on September 28–29; the regular Users' Meeting will take place October 1–2 and will feature presentations on recent developments and new opportunities in structural biology and spectroscopy, material and environmental science, ultrafast science and LCLS instrumentation, and a special keynote presentation by Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg.

Early registration is available online until September 20th for the special symposium, annual meeting and workshops.

Public Lecture Tonight: Dark Side of the Universe


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Don't forget! Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology researcher Maruša Bradač will speak tonight on the ongoing search for dark matter.  The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium. More information...

Word of the Week:
"Free Electron Laser"

A free-electron laser (FEL) is like a conventional laser in that it emits a beam of coherent electromagnetic radiation (e.g. light, x-rays), however an FEL uses unbound, or "free," electrons traveling near the speed of light as the lasing medium. The Linac Coherent Light Source will use beams of free electrons from SLAC's linear accelerator to create powerful, coherent pulses of hard x-ray light.

Safety Seconds

If every time you approach a set of stairs or steps, you consciously stop, clear everything out of your head, and for the entire time it takes to climb up or down, be able to say "By climbing like this I am positive I won't fall," number one, you will never get hurt, and number two, you will always remember what you were doing at the time.

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