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From the Director: Students of Summer
Thirty-six Employees Complete Certificate in Supervision Program
Word of the Week: Soliton
LCLS Construction Update

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Friday - August 15, 2008

From the Director: Students of Summer

Persis Drell with SULI intern Tony Li and his mentor Shizuka Akiyama, at the SULI/STAR celebration lunch Wednesday. (Photo by Martin Sanchez. Click for larger image.)

Forty years ago Al Ashley, Earnest Coleman, and Sid Drell developed the SLAC Summer Research Program for underrepresented minority undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At the time I was a middle school student (not at all interested in science or SLAC) but I do remember the launch of the program and how exciting it was. The idea caught on. Many people at SLAC over the years have contributed enormously to the program, especially Helen Quinn and Mike Woods, who each led the program for many years. When DOE set up a national Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program, or SULI program about ten years ago, it was partly modeled on SLAC’s program. Al Ashley received a 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in recognition of his work to develop the SLAC Summer Research Program and make it successful.

This week we celebrated the 23 SULI students, three STAR participants and one Katherine Pope Fellow who have been at the lab this summer, working with staff on a broad range of projects. The SULI program is designed to provide undergraduate students with a mentorship-intensive research experience. Undergraduate students from around the country come to work at SLAC for eight to nine weeks. At the end of the summer each student submits a paper and presentation about the research he or she completed.

Thirty-six Employees Complete Certificate in Supervision Program

Participants in the Certificate in Supervision program celebrated with a graduation luncheon yesterday. (Photo by Brad Plummer. Click for larger image.)

SLAC Training and Development celebrated the most recent graduates of the Certificate in Supervision program with a luncheon at the Stanford Faculty Club yesterday afternoon. This year, 36 employees completed the nine-class program, which is designed to teach supervisors and managers the leadership skills necessary to meet the demands of SLAC's workplace and to promote employee performance.

Registration is now open for the next certificate series. Please visit the Human Resources Training and Development Web site to learn more and to register.

Word of the Week:

A soliton is a wave that has a single crest and moves at an unusually steady speed without changing shape. Solitons arise when energy enters a medium in just the right way, for example, as water might be affected by a shift in ocean floor topography. The phenomenon was first observed in 1834 as a single ocean wave traveling along a canal in Scotland. Unlike ordinary ocean waves, a soliton actually transports a mass of water, in this case down the length of the canal, giving rise to the original name "Wave of Translation." Solitons can occur wherever wave phenomena are possible, such as through air (e.g., “roll clouds”) or in the case of light, through glass.

Building the LCLS: Weekly Update

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

• Installation of emergency lighting and cable trays in the beam dump

• Domestic water and sanitary sewer tie-ins to the Access Tunnel on the northeast side of the Collider Hall

• Installation and alignment of quadrupole magnets and the first sections of vacuum pipe in the Beam Transport Hall

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