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Safety Success Story: LAT Integration
People Today: Travel Office Manager Melissa Lim
Good Grief! It's the Great Pumpkin
SLAC Benefits Fair Tomorrow, 10:00-3:00
Energy Tip of the Week

SLAC Today

Wednesday - October 31, 2007

Safety Success Story: LAT Integration

The primary instrument for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) mission, the Large Area Telescope (LAT), will detect gamma rays with unprecedented sensitivity, offering exceptional insight into the nature of dark matter, stellar evolution and black holes. This instrument, currently undergoing environmental testing at General Dynamics in Phoenix, Arizona, was integrated at SLAC in 2005 and 2006 from hardware fabricated at laboratories all around the world. This very successful integration project was completed on time, on budget and—most importantly—safely.

"Our disciplined approach led to a safe working environment," said LAT Project Manager Ken Fouts. "At our daily morning meetings, the first item on the agenda every single day was safety. This set the tone for the rest of the day: safety comes first. Our people deserve the opportunity to arrive at work healthy and go home without injuries at the end of the day. We look out for ourselves, but more importantly, for each other."  Read more...

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Travel Office Manager Melissa Lim

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Melissa Lim.

This fall, SLAC welcomes Melissa Lim, the new travel office manager, who arrived at the beginning of October. "The people are wonderful," Lim says of her new workplace. "I'm excited to be working at SLAC."

The travel office is responsible for reimbursements, relocations and conference management, as well as maintaining various web forms. Lim considers SLAC employees and visitors to be her customers and hopes to give them the best service possible.

To this end, she plans to streamline office procedures and improve communication flow to travelers and administrators through both the travel office website and via e-mail. Many problems occur, Lim says, when travelers don't know the guidelines they need to follow, and she hopes better communication will result in more people getting their money back faster.

A warm welcome to Melissa!

SLAC Benefits Fair Tomorrow, 10:00-3:00

Tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the Benefits Office will hold a Benefits Fair in SLAC's Panofsky Auditorium Lobby/Breezeway. Don't miss this opportunity to talk with representatives from all our health plans, ask questions and learn what each plan offers. Free flu shots will be available to SLAC employees. More information about open enrollment is available on the Stanford Benefits website.

Good Grief!
It's the Great Pumpkin

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The Alignment Engineering Group's Hans Imfeld (left), Michael Rogers (center) and Francis Gaudreault farm with Michael Gaydosh (not pictured) in the SLAC Garden.

The Great Pumpkin came early to SLAC this year.

SLAC's Alignment Engineering Group was responsible for the gargantuan gourd, which tipped SLAC scales at 101 pounds. Hans Imfeld, Michael Rogers, Francis Gaudreault and Michael Gaydosh farm together at the SLAC Garden Club plots.

(Photo - Pumpkin on scales)The group harvested "Big Bertha," which was around two and a half feet in diameter, in mid-October. They did "nothing special at all" to cultivate the colossal orange orb, Imfeld says.

Fellow gardeners watched Bertha's growth with interest. "It was pretty fantastic," says David Fritz.

The bumper crop included both Jack-o'-Lantern and Big Max pumpkins as well as butternut, acorn, and kabocha squashes. Imfeld's daughters, Alena, Ingrid and Elise, had all the jack-o'-lanterns they could want this year.

Come Thanksgiving, it's clear who's bringing the pie.

Energy Tip of the Week

Driving sensibly at work is good practice. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) and excessive idling both waste gasoline.

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