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New LCLS Website Launches Today
Safety Today: Sharing the Roads
All About Employee Service Awards

SLAC Today

Tuesday - May 20, 2008

New LCLS Website Launches Today

The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) has a new public face, and a new home on the web. After months of preparation, the new LCLS website officially launches today, and will serve as a one-stop location for news and information about all things LCLS.

"I can only hope that this site communicates a fraction of the excitement we at SLAC feel as we construct this huge scientific instrument and bring it to its full capability in 2009 and 2010," says Director of LCLS Construction John Galayda in a welcome message posted on the site.

The site explores the cutting-edge science to come from the LCLS, and gives detailed information about present and future experimental instruments. Created by SLAC's InfoMedia Solutions in conjunction with the Office of Communications, the site aims to inform and entertain a range of visitors, from students to policy makers to potential users interested in submitting scientific proposals.

The site underlines the scope of the collaboration building the LCLS, which includes scores of researchers from several institutions. "Hundreds of people at SLAC as well as at Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UCLA have been working toward the goal of giving the world's research community this 'gift,'" writes Galayda.

The new site also features a variety of multimedia elements, including RSS newsfeeds, blogs, podcasts, image galleries, animations and video, giving visitors many ways to follow the remarkable evolution of this exciting new tool.

(Column - Safety Today)

Sharing the Roads

(Photo - Bike lane)
The bike lane on Sand Hill Road, just west of the SLAC Main Gate.
(Click on image for larger version.)

Over the past few weeks, SLAC Security has received numerous safety complaints about vehicles driving in the bicycle lane when turning into the SLAC Main Gate from east-bound lanes of Sand Hill Road. Presumably, drivers do this to allow for quicker access to the SLAC entrance. The majority of these safety concerns result from drivers not following the California Department of Motor Vehicles Rules and Policies, which states:

A bicycle lane is shown by a solid white line along either side of the street, four or more feet from the curb. The white line will usually be broken near the corner and the words "BIKE LANE" or a picture of a bicycle will be painted in the lane. When you are making a right turn and are within 200 feet of the corner or other driveway entrance, you may enter the bike lane for the turn. Do not drive in the bike lane at any other time.

All drivers approaching SLAC from the direction of I-280 on Sand Hill Road must stay in their lanes and not cross into the bicycle lane until the white line becomes broken. When entering the bike lane at the proper point, please make sure to use your turn signal and check for bicycles in the lane.

In addition, drivers are asked to be especially attentive for pedestrians and cyclists at the Sand Hill Road and Saga Lane intersection. If you turn left onto Sand Hill Road when leaving work, please pause after the light turns green to check for pedestrians crossing the road. This can be a dangerous crosswalk and it is up to the drivers to yield to pedestrians.

SLAC Security encourages all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to be patient and follow all California driving rules.

All About Employee Service Awards

Last February's Service Awards Banquet recognized 20, 30, 40 and 50-year employees.
(Photo courtesy of Brad Plummer. Click on image for larger version.)

Managers and employees frequently have questions about service awards. SLAC honors employees for their years of service in several ways.

All employees with odd year service milestones—5, 15, 25, 35 and 45 years—are awarded service pins. These are sent to managers for distribution. Managers may add to the occasion by arranging an appreciation event, which might include a cake or other refreshments for the work group or taking the recipient(s) out to lunch. The University will reimburse the Department for actual costs up to $30.00 for each honored employee.

Employees celebrating 10 years of service are honored at a luncheon in January or February of the next calendar year. Honorees also receive a service pin and a commemorative gift.

Employees celebrating 20, 30, 40 and 50 years of service are honored annually in February or March of the next calendar year. Honorees receive a service pin, a special dinner held at the Stanford Faculty Club and a commemorative gift.

In the month preceding the annual luncheon and dinner, Human Resources sends invitations to even-year awardees and contacts managers regarding employees who have attained odd-year service milestones.


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