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From the Director: Looking Forward
Job Fair at SLAC
Word of the Week: Collimator
Building the LCLS: Weekly Update

SLAC Today

Friday - February 22, 2008

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From the Director: Looking Forward

The impacts of the FY08 appropriated budget were severe for SLAC. In the face of unexpectedly low appropriations for this fiscal year and an anticipated continuing resolution for the first 4 to 6 months of next fiscal year, we moved as quickly as possible to reduce our spending and resize our workforce to a realistic assessment of the future program scope and opportunities.

As a result, 191 people at SLAC have been laid off. Seventy-two of these workers volunteered to leave the lab as part of a program that began last November to help with the necessary change in skills of our workforce as we transition to Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) operations. On February 6, 7 and 8, an additional 119 people were informed that they were being involuntarily laid off due to the FY08 budget cuts. The rest of our target of reducing headcount by 225 was made up by cancelling funded open requisitions to replace people who had left before the layoff programs began.

The layoff was labwide. All directorates and all departments were hit. The layoffs per job category were:
     • 22 physicists
     • 69 Engineers and technicians
     • 35 computing and software people
     • 65 administrative and support people 

Job Fair at SLAC

On Wednesday, March 12, SLAC will host a job fair to assist our laid off employees in pursuit of employment opportunities. During this event, tables will be set up in the Panofsky Auditorium  Breezeway for participating companies to display their company information and job listings, and to meet face-to-face with potential applicants. A separate area will be set up in the Panofsky auditorium for one-on-one interviews.

Attendees are asked to bring multiple copies of their resumes.

The job fair will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on March 12, 2008, in the Panofsky Auditorium Breezeway. Light refreshments will be provided.


Word of the Week:

A collimator is a device used to narrow a beam of particles. In the SPEAR synchrotron storage ring, collimators are commonly used in the photon beam lines to create quasi-parallel X-ray beams. They typically consist of a pair of apertures (e.g. slits) separated by some distance, and only nearly parallel rays can get through both apertures.

P5 Town Hall Meeting and Afternoon Sessions in Panofsky Auditorium

The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) Town Hall Meeting will take place today at 4:30 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, not Kavli Auditorium as was announced in yesterday's edition of SLAC Today. In addition, the afternoon sessions, which begin at 2:00 p.m., will now also be held in Panofsky Auditorium. An updated schedule of today's P5 meeting is available online.


Building the LCLS: Weekly Update

The LCLS Conventional Facilities Group has attained co-availability milestones in the Beam Transport Hall, Undulator Hall, Electron Beam Dump and the Front End Enclosure. This allows the project to commence initial installation activities in these areas.

Excavation is complete in the Far Experimental Hall; work is now focusing on installing reinforcing steel for shotcrete. In addition, the final shotcrete layer for the X-ray tunnel is currently being installed.


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