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In this issue:
William Madia Appointed Stanford's Vice President for SLAC
People Today: Out and About with Ernest Maune
Volunteer Training for Science Bowl Today
WIS Seminar: Advances in Lung Cancer Therapy
Conservation Tip of the Week

SLAC Today

Wednesday - January 23, 2008

William Madia Appointed Stanford's Vice President for SLAC

William Madia

William Madia, a former director of two national laboratories and senior executive overseeing research laboratories for Battelle, has been appointed to the position of vice president for SLAC, Stanford President John Hennessy announced yesterday.

The vice presidency is a new position created to provide direct linkage between the university and the laboratory, enhance collaboration and ensure coordination between the laboratory, Stanford and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Madia will report to Hennessy and will chair the SLAC Board of Overseers, a group composed of senior Stanford University officials and knowledgeable external laboratory managers.

"Bill Madia's knowledge and experience in this area is without parallel," Hennessy said. "He brings tremendous insight about the importance of research at national laboratories as well as real-world expertise in managing the work. He is a perfect fit for this new position, which will build the working relationship between the university and SLAC and ensure continued collaboration with DOE. Working hand-in-hand with SLAC Director Persis Drell, we expect SLAC to build on its history of scientific innovation and accomplishment that serves the nation's research agenda."  Read more...

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Out and About with Ernest Maune

For a white-collar guy, Ernest Maune spends as little time in his office as possible. Don't get the wrong idea. He doesn't shirk his duties or take extended vacations to the tropics. In an age defined by hustle-bustle business operations and e-mail or phone calls, Ernest prefers to conduct his business face-to-face.

"I get out of the office as much as possible to meet folks and establish an intimate knowledge of their roles and responsibilities," he said. "That's how I find out what I can do to help people be successful."

Ernest is the Lead Business Management Specialist with the Department of Energy's Stanford Site Office. He is part of a team of four people responsible for evaluating the performance of SLAC in an array of business functions: finance, accounting, procurement, property management and fleet management, to name a few.

Ernest came to SLAC in November of 2007 from the United States Mint in San Francisco, where he was the procurement, budget and accounting manager.

Ernest traces his business approach back to his 25-year career in finance, operations and sales. Working with such companies as Hewlett-Packard and Amkor Technology, Ernest discovered the best way to help and understand people was by getting to know them on both a professional and personal level.

"It's all about the Stanford Site Office and SLAC working together as a team to make SLAC the best lab in the Department of Energy complex," Ernest said.

Volunteer Training for Science Bowl Today

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On February 2, 24 teams of Bay Area high school students will descend on the laboratory for a competition that will test their scientific knowledge and their determination to intellectually dominate over their peers. SLAC's Regional DOE Science Bowl is just around the corner—and it isn't too late to get involved! The first of two training sessions for Science Bowl volunteers will be held today in Panofsky Auditorium from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Come learn the rules of the game, test your own knowledge against your colleagues and your friends and find out what all the hype is about! For more information about Science Bowl please see the competition website or contact Melinda Lee at x8547.

WIS Seminar: Advances in Lung Cancer Therapy

In this afternoon's Women's Interchange at SLAC (WIS) Seminar, Dr. Heather Wakelee will discuss lung cancer causes and treatments, touching on how the disease differs in smokers versus nonsmokers, women versus men and older versus younger patients.

Wakelee is a clinical investigator and a Stanford University Assistant Professor of Medicine specializing in Oncology. She is also the program leader for the clinical lung cancer program at Stanford and runs a variety of clinical trials with novel therapies for lung cancer patients.

The seminar will take place today at 12:00 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium. Learn more...

Conservation Tip
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Repair leaks at once. A dripping faucet can waste 6-10 gallons (23-38 liters) of water a day. Replace worn-out washers at home. At work, submit a Facilities Department Service Request for the repair.

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