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From the Director: Incident Reporting and Lessons Learned
Juneteenth Celebration Today
Word of the Week: Plutoid
Building the LCLS: Weekly Update

SLAC Today

Friday - June 20, 2008

From Persis and Paul—Incident Reporting and Lessons Learned

(Photo - Paul Golan and Persis Drell)

In a previous column, our Partnering Commitment was shared with the Laboratory and Federal Staff. This Commitment set expectations on how the Department of Energy, SLAC, and Stanford University would work together and meet our stakeholder’s expectations. A very important provision of that Commitment was our responsibility to our employees:

Our employees must have a safe work environment and feel empowered to commit to an accident and injury free work place. All employees must feel free to make suggestions or raise concerns freely, without fear of retribution or attribution.

In short, we want to do everything we can to ensure you go home tonight as safe and healthy as you came in this morning. To do that, we all need to work together to create an accident free work environment. Read more...

Juneteenth Celebration Today!

Last year's Juneteenth celebration.
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SLAC's 19th annual Juneteenth Celebration takes place today.

There will be plenty of fun, entertainment and educational displays at this year's event. And don't forget the food! The feast will include chicken, ribs, greens, baked beans, potato salad, desserts and beverages.

If you haven't yet purchased a ticket for this year's Juneteenth luncheon, it's not too late! Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased at the event.

Date: Friday, June 20, 2008
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: Lawn in front of Building 41

All are invited to attend!

Word of the Week:

Plutoids are celestial bodies orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune that share their orbit with other objects and have enough mass for their gravity to cause them to assume a near-spherical shape. The term "plutoid" was officially sanctioned by the International Astronomical Union this month in response to the controversy surrounding the reclassification of Pluto from "planet" to "dwarf planet" in 2006. Currently there are two known plutoids in our solar system: Pluto and Eris.

Building the LCLS: Weekly Update

Construction highlights from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) this week include:
• Final preparation for beneficial occupancy of the Beam Transport Hall
• Paving of the parking lot around the Near Experimental Hall, installation of final baserock around the exterior
• Energizing of systems within the Central Utilities Plant


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