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In this issue:
SLAC Welcomes New Director of ES&H
Colloquium Today: How to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Maintain a Viable Economy
Coping with Organization Change
Symmetry Explains it in 60 Seconds: Terascale

SLAC Today

Monday - February 11, 2008

SLAC Welcomes New Director of ES&H

(Image - Craig Ferguson)
Craig Ferguson

A warm welcome to Craig Ferguson, SLAC's new Director of Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H). Formerly the Environment, Safety, Health and Quality Associate Director at Jefferson Laboratory, Ferguson has nearly 20 years experience in safety management and safety related positions. Beginning today, Ferguson takes over from Acting ES&H Director Sayed Rokni, who will continue as the Head of the Radiation Protection Department.

"Craig has a strong track record of success in improving ES&H performance," said Persis Drell. "I am extremely pleased to have recruited him to SLAC and consider it one of the highest accomplishments of my first 3 months as Lab Director."

Ferguson is a certified health physicist and certified safety professional; he also holds a bachelor's degree in nuclear technology. After spending 8 years working for the Navy's nuclear propulsion program, he began a long career at Department of Energy facilities with EG&G and BWX Technologies including work at Rocky Flats, Mound Lab and the Oak Ridge Y-12 facility, in addition to Jefferson Laboratory.

"I find the work going on at SLAC really exciting," he said. "As SLAC moves through this period of transition and beyond, I look forward to helping insure the science mission is accomplished safely for everyone."

Welcome, Craig!

Colloquium Monday

How to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Maintain a Viable Economy

In this afternoon's colloquium, California Energy Commissioner Jeffrey Byron will discuss the state's greenhouse gas and carbon emission standards, touching on the need to understand the science of climate change, the economic impact of regulatory actions and how market forces will respond to these and other regulations.

In late 2006, the California Legislature passed and the Governor signed landmark legislation (Assembly Bill 32) to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions within California by 2020. At the same time, Senate Bill 1368 was also enacted, calling for a carbon emission performance standard for all new financial transactions for power plants in California and effectively throughout the West, which has virtually halted construction of coal-fired power plants.

In the absence of federal leadership on this issue, California, the world's sixth largest economy, has become the nation's prototype and proving-ground for reducing carbon output while maintaining a vibrant and growing economy, Byron says. In unprecedented fashion, state agencies are working together to establish regulations, enforce a complex new law and demonstrate how federal action could best proceed.

Byron will present How to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Maintain a Viable Economy at 4:15 p.m. today in Panofsky Auditorium. All are invited to attend.

Coping with Organization Change

Downsizing can be a very personal and emotional experience for all employees involved in a layoff. Long-term working relationships are ended or changed, and new responsibilities are expected from those who are left to do the work. Rosan Gomperts, Director of the Faculty Staff Help Center has scheduled three sessions to meet and talk with employees about what to expect both emotionally and physically, how to protect work relationships and environments through the changes, as well as self-care. These sessions will take place on:

Wednesday, March 5,
   11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
   Panofsky Auditorium

Tuesday, March 11,
   10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
   Orange Room

Tuesday, March 11,
   2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
   Orange Room

The Stanford Faculty and Staff Help Center has office hours at SLAC all day on Tuesdays and on Thursday mornings for private consultation. To make an appointment for an individual session at SLAC, please call the medical department at x2281. If you would like to be seen away from SLAC, please call the main Help Center line at 723-4577.

Symmetry Explains it in 60 Seconds: Terascale

The Terascale is an energy region named for the tera, or million million, electronvolts of energy needed to access it. Physicists are standing at its threshold, poised to enter this uncharted territory of the subatomic world.

Read more in symmetry...



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