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In this issue:
SLAC Celebrates Earth Day
Safety Today: Learn How to Lower Your Cancer Risk
Performance Evaluation Training Sessions
WIS Seminar: After the Layoff

SLAC Today

Tuesday - April 22, 2008

(Poster for Earth Day)

SLAC Celebrates Earth Day

SLAC will celebrate Earth Day today in the Auditorium Breezeway between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The theme for this year is "Think Green: Simple Steps to Contribute to a Greener Tomorrow."

Vendors will be on hand from companies including Grainger, Universal Building Services and Akeena Solar to discuss a range of topics and promote green products and consumer choices that can lead to a green lifestyle at home and in the workplace. Activities will include product displays, free giveaways and raffles. A special prize will be given to the first 140 to arrive, so don't miss out!

(Column - Safety Today)

Learn How to Lower Your Cancer Risk

Do you know people who have smoked their whole lives and thrived well into old age without any sign of lung cancer? Or someone who never seemed to go near fruits and veggies but lived a long, full life? When you think of them, you might decide that cancer will come when it comes and there's nothing you can do about it. That’s where you'd be wrong.

There will always be someone you know whose health flies in the face of conventional medical wisdom. But clinical studies of cancer risks can involve thousands of people and last several years. They give scientists a far broader perspective on cancer risk and prevention than you could ever get yourself.

You might also believe there's little you can do to lower your cancer risk because you’ve heard that genes play a role in many cancers. It's true that people who have certain versions of particular genes can be more susceptible to some cancers and the factors in the environment that trigger them. While you can't change the genes you inherited from your parents, you can change factors in the environment.

Read more in NIH News in Health...

Performance Evaluation Training Sessions

Don't forget this afternoon's training session on the performance evaluation process. It is the first of three such sessions, and will take place from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Building 40's Orange Room. Learn more...

WIS Seminar:
After the Layoff

The layoff is over. Now what? As we go about our daily work, some of us are finding that certain services have been redefined, that our workloads have increased or duties have changed, or that a workspace once occupied by a friendly or helpful colleague is now empty.

In tomorrow's Women's Interchange at SLAC (WIS) seminar, Rosan Gomperts, Director of the Stanford Faculty and Staff Help Center, will offer advice on how to identify and reduce stress as we continue to adjust to this major workplace transition. Plan to bring your questions for an active question and answer session.

The seminar takes place on Wednesday, April 23, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium.  All are invited to attend.

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