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CEF Gets New Name, New Vision Statement
People Today: Paul Golan: SLAC's New DOE Site Office Manager
Seminar Speaker to Discuss HEPAP University Panel Report
Energy Tip of the Week

SLAC Today

Wednesday - September 19, 2007

CEF Gets New Name, New Vision Statement

The Facilities Leadership Team.
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There is an old adage that states, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." This cliché holds true for Liam Robinson and the department he leads. Although the department is undergoing some changes—including its name—its purpose, goals and excellent service remain the same.

What was the Conventional and Experimental Facilities (CEF) Department has been renamed simply the Facilities Department. According to Robinson, the new name—commonly used in industry to describe the department's functions—represents the integration of conventional and experimental functions into a department that provides a variety of expert services to support scientific programs.

Although the name has changed, the department will continue to provide the high level of service to which SLAC employees are accustomed. The goals of the department were recently outlined by Robinson in a vision statement that has been very well received among department employees.  Read more...

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Paul Golan: SLAC's New DOE Site Office Manager

A warm welcome to Paul Golan, SLAC's new Department of Energy Site Office Manager. Golan takes over from Aundra Richards, who served as Acting Site Manager since last November and who continues on as the Manager for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Site Office.

"The science at SLAC is fascinating, and in just my first few weeks on the job I've found that this is also the home of some of the brightest, friendliest, and most open people," said Golan. "I'm thrilled to be here and look forward to becoming part of this team."

The Site Office provides field management of SLAC for the Office of Science. The office reports directly to the Office of Science and provides an onsite presence for implementation of programs and projects, as well as institutional management of the DOE-Stanford University-SLAC Management and Operations Contract.

"Our mission is science and our goal is to be the best laboratory in the world; that after all is why we are here," said Golan. "We have an important job here and a big part of that job is to enable our mission, solve problems, and expect excellence so that we can accomplish our mission and reach our goal."

After earning a Bachelors degree in physics from the University of Chicago, Golan spent six years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Golan completed an Executive Management Program at Northeastern University and went on to serve the U.S. Department of Energy in leadership positions at the Rocky Flats Cleanup Project, in the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste, and in the Office of Environmental Management. In these positions, Golan developed in-depth experience in project management, safety, quality, environmental restoration, and production operations.

More than that, Golan has had a life-long love of science. He is a voracious reader, especially in science, and keeps a small library of books to loan to team members. He also looks forward to becoming a visible and positive presence on the SLAC site.

"People will recognize me—I'm not one to stay in my office," he said. "Over the next few months, I hope to stop by the regular meetings that happen onsite, and plan to take a weekly walk-through of SLAC to get out and meet people in every building on campus."

Welcome, Paul!

Seminar Speaker to Discuss HEPAP University Panel Report

(Photo - Homer Neal)This Thursday, the SLAC Users Organization (SLUO) will host the seminar High Energy Physics Research at U.S. Universities: The Challenges Ahead at 1:00 p.m. in the Orange Room. Presented by the University of Michigan's Homer Neal, the Chair of the HEPAP subpanel on the University Grants Program, the seminar will focus on the subpanel's report, which was issued to HEPAP in July.

"High energy physics research in the United States is at a crossroads," said Neal. "On the one hand, the field is facing an unprecedented opportunity to significantly advance its understanding of some of the most exciting scientific questions of our time. On the other hand, the U.S. program is faced with the closure of many of its domestic accelerator facilities and the challenge of sustaining much of its research effort at foreign sites."

The HEPAP subpanel was appointed approximately one year ago to study the impact of this changing landscape on U.S. university research in high energy physics, and to recommend steps that might facilitate the transition to this new environment while ensuring a robust role for the nation in this important field. The subpanel's report was submitted to HEPAP at its recent meeting.

Following the one-hour presentation about the report and its implications, Neal will open the floor up to an hour of discussion.

"The seminar and discussion are open to everyone in the SLAC community," said SLUO Chairman Frank Porter. "We hope researchers around SLAC, especially particle physicists and astro-particle physicists, will come. This report is of great interest to those of us working at national labs because the HEPAP recommendations include an intermingling of support; the report suggests that as some of our accelerators turn off, this money could be used to solve some of our universities' funding problems."

Energy Tip of the Week

During the summer season, thermostats controlling office areas should be set to a minimum of 78 degrees when occupied and 85 degrees for periods of any non-occupancy greater than four hours. If your thermostat is the manual type, please set it up to 78 degrees and turn it "up further" to 85 degrees before leaving the building. If your thermostat is an automatic digital style, then don't worry about it. The Facilities Maintenance Department has already pre-programmed the thermostat for both "occupied periods" and "off-hours" adjustments.

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