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Office of Science Launches U.S. LHC Website
New ES&H Course: Street Skills for Cyclists
A Chance to Thank Jonathan One More Time
McCallum-Turner Looks at Requirements Management

SLAC Today

Thursday - September 13, 2007

Office of Science Launches U.S. LHC Website

The new U.S. LHC website.
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The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science yesterday launched a new website to tell the story of the U.S. role in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator that will begin operating in Europe, near Geneva, Switzerland, next year. Hundreds of physicists, engineers and students from the United States are joining with colleagues from around the globe in the largest and most complex scientific experiments ever built. The LHC experiments will address some of the most fundamental mysteries of the universe.

The new website, www.uslhc.us, funded by DOE's Office of Science, aims to provide one-stop shopping for anyone seeking information about the U.S. and the LHC. Updated daily, the website features up-to-the-minute news and information about the LHC, along with high-resolution graphic images, scientists’ blogs, resources for students and educators and contact information for news media.

"The LHC will become the world's highest-energy particle accelerator when it is scheduled to turn on in 2008," Dr. Robin Staffin, DOE's Associate Director of Science for High Energy Physics said. "The U.S. has played key roles in the design and construction of both the LHC experiments and the accelerator. The new website will tell the story of U.S. participation in this extraordinary scientific adventure as it unfolds." Read more...

New ES&H Course: Street Skills for Cyclists

(Photo - Bicycles)
Next week, SLAC will offer a new class about cycling safely.

Bicycling—in itself a safe and healthy activity—can be dangerous in certain situations. Although experience helps, more people in their 40's or 50's die in bicycle accidents than teenagers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. With this in mind, resident cycling safety expert Richard Swent will present a new safety course titled "Street Skills for Cyclists." The class, which describes techniques and principles for bicycling safely and confidently in traffic, will take place on September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Building 3 Training Room.

Swent says the class is not about teaching people how to ride a bike; it's about riding and interacting with traffic. There are many experienced cyclists at SLAC, both commuters and lunchtime riders, who don’t necessarily have traffic skills. Those who commute by bike or are considering it will benefit most from the course.

"Many of SLAC's recreational riders have developed their physical skills by riding in the rural areas west of I-280 and may have not developed their traffic skills," said Swent. "Given time they could probably figure out most things covered in the class, but I can save them a lot of time and trouble."

A former Stanford Cycling Team captain, United States Cycling Federation Category 2 Bike Racer, cross country traveler and 20-year bicycle commuter, Swent clearly has cycling expertise. But when he took the class himself, he still learned a few things. Swent thought the class was so good that he became an instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists and began teaching classes.

"I'm used to teaching kids between the ages of 10 and 14, but the principles are the same," said Swent. "If the class gets even half the attendance as I hope, it will be a tremendous success."

If the class sounds interesting, feel free to just drop in on the 17th. No matter your age or experience level, Swent encourages you to attend.

A Chance to Thank Jonathan One More Time


Stanford President John Hennessy applauds Jonathan at yesterday's Thanking Jonathan Dorfan event. (Image courtesy of Diana Rogers;
click on image for larger version.)

Did you miss out on writing a message to Jonathan at yesterday's event? You can still do so by stopping by the Communications Office (Building 267) or by writing your note online.

McCallum-Turner Looks at Requirements Management

McCallum-Turner Inc. is currently analyzing 11 management and operations areas at the lab. This article, the second in a series of 11, describes the Requirements Management focus area.

Almost everything done at SLAC is intended to serve an external requirement. Scientists dream up the science they would like to pursue and then submit a proposal to the Department of Energy (DOE). The resulting contract and budget attaches a few things to assure proper business practices, safety, and so on, which must be implemented. Dealing with those external requirements is what Requirements Management is all about.

For example, some external requirements include DOE issuances (including orders, notices and directives) as well as federal laws, regulations and other such requirements issued by state and local governments that may affect activities in a regulatory sense. Sometimes external standards that are especially relevant to specific work are adopted as well.

"The requirements management system for reviewing new or revised external requirements ensures the appropriate implementation within the context of the things we do at SLAC," said Steve Williams, the McCallum-Turner Requirements Management point of contact. "It also provides for assistance to individuals responsible for dealing with these requirements at the working level."

McCallum-Turner can by contacted with any ideas, comments or suggestions on Requirements Management or any of the other focus areas via email at mccallum.turner@slac.stanford.edu or by phone at 926-6200.


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