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From the Director: Return of the Scientific Policy Committee
Meet Your ES&H Coordinator: Michael Scharfenstein
Word of the Week: Dipole
Building the LCLS: Weekly Update

SLAC Today

Friday - May 2, 2008

From the Director: Return of the Scientific Policy Committee

(Photo - Persis Drell)

From the laboratory's inception, Stanford University has managed SLAC with the goals of enhancing the science research; supporting the Department of Energy's science mission; and contributing to the education of the students and postdocs of Stanford University and other academic institutions. Until 2005, the SLAC Scientific Policy Committee was the University's highest level oversight committee for SLAC, providing Stanford with a semi-annual assessment of the laboratory's scientific programs and long-range scientific planning. The SPC reported to the President of Stanford. The members of the SPC, serving 4 year terms, have been among the most distinguished scientists in the fields covered by SLAC's programs.

In 2005, the Scientific Policy Committee was renamed the SLAC Policy Committee and its membership was broadened to include expertise in science management and ES&H in addition to science, reflecting the need for Stanford to have a more formal oversight mechanism for all aspects of the laboratory management.

Last fall, Stanford University established more active corporate oversight mechanisms for the management of SLAC, drawing more fully on the strengths within Stanford. Stanford appointed a Vice President for SLAC, Bill Madia, who will chair a SLAC Board of Overseers to lead the oversight process.  Read more...

Meet Your ES&H Coordinator: Michael Scharfenstein

Michael Scharfenstein

Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Coordinator Michael Scharfenstein works to ensure safety on the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). For a large-scale effort like the LCLS, this includes highly-detailed safety reviews on the construction and operation of the project.

"We try to cover all the bases," he said. "First we focus on the safety of our personnel then we concentrate on the environmental and technological concerns."

Scharfenstein, who majored in biology, immersed himself in the environmental field of ES&H for years. He developed SLAC's hazardous waste management program and oversaw it for 15 years before committing to the LCLS project.

All ES&H directorate coordinators provide education, support and resources by clarifying safety concerns related to requirements and training and other safety-related information, as well as overseeing implementation of ES&H program guidelines. Individuals working on the LCLS with questions and comments can contact Scharfenstein at x3341.

Word of the Week:

In magnetism, the term dipole refers to a separation of two opposite magnetic poles, as in a bar magnet with a north and a south end. Dipole electromagnets, also having one north and one south pole, are used in accelerators to steer the beam by deflecting its direction of travel. Quadrupole magnets, by contrast, have two north and two south poles, and exert squeezing forces that keep a beam tightly focused.


Building the LCLS: Weekly Update

Construction highlights from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) this week include:

- Installation and grouting of equipment stands inside the Beam Transport Hall is underway.

- Crews are painting the walls inside the X-ray Tunnel connecting the Near and Far experimental halls.

- Workers are finishing compacting the soil that covers the Front End Enclosure, west of the Near Experimental Hall.


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