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GLAST Collaborators Rehearse Launch Activities
Safety Today: Preparing for the Rainy Season and Stormwater
DOE Office of Science Publishes Updated Landmark Plan
Change a Light Pledge

SLAC Today

Tuesday - October 16, 2007

GLAST Collaborators Rehearse Launch Activities

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Some of the participants in last week's GLAST Large Area Telescope rehearsal.

The operations center for the Large Area Telescope (LAT) at SLAC will be ready when the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) is launched into orbit next spring. The LAT is the principal instrument on GLAST, which will search for sources of highly energetic gamma rays that emanate from matter near black holes, pulsars and other exotic objects.

Last week, the researchers and engineers who will operate the LAT and analyze its data rehearsed the activities they will undertake to activate and checkout the instrument during its first 60 days of orbit.

"This was a great exercise to train shift coordinators, get used to the constraints of catching and fixing problems from a detector in space, practice our activities on simulated data, and get ready for launch," said Eduardo do Couto e Silva, who coordinated the rehearsal.

The group simulated 15 complete orbits, each with different potential problems and features. "It is the first time we've really had a semi-realistic end-to-end test of the processing and analysis of the LAT data," said Seth Digel, who works on GLAST scientific operations. "It went extremely well, better than we could have hoped."  Read more...

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Preparing for the Rainy Season and Stormwater

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Water pools under an outdoor staircase.

As we enter autumn, the rainy season will soon be upon us. Nearly all the rain that falls at SLAC finds its way into San Francisquito Creek and eventually into the San Francisco Bay. Along the way, this water can pick up pollution from oil, grease, metals, trash and other pollutants commonly found at the laboratory. These pollutants have a negative effect on plants, animals, and the environment.

You can do your part to protect the environment this winter by keeping your outdoor work areas clean and orderly, placing trash in appropriate closed containers, storing materials and equipment inside or under tarps whenever possible, and immediately reporting spills to Waste Management (x2399) or Security (x2551).

For more storm water information, please refer to Environment, Safety and Health chapter 26, which describes all permits and requirements pertaining to storm water pollution prevention.

DOE Office of Science Publishes Updated Landmark Plan

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science has released a comprehensive update of its landmark 2003 publication, Facilities for the Future of Science: A Twenty-Year Outlook, that offers a long-term view of the Office's priorities—including SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source.

Copies of this plan are available in SLAC's Communications Office (Building 267).  Learn more...

Change a Light Pledge

(Photo - Lightbulb)Earlier this month, the Department of Energy (DOE) kicked off the 2007 Change a Light campaign in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Each DOE employee is asked to save energy by replacing one or more incandescent bulbs at home with ENERGY STAR qualified, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).

Saving energy prevents pollution. If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, the reduction in pollution would be equal to removing one million cars from the roads.

To make a pledge, visit the Change a Light website and click on the "Join Us" or "Renew" link. This will direct you to the pledge webpage. Fill out the requested information, making sure to leave "DOE-Office of Science" in the referring organization box.

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