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In this issue:
From the Director: The SLAC Agenda
Reminder: Certificate in Supervision Registration
Word of the Week: Gluon
Save the Date: Communications Trailer (Re-)Warming Party

SLAC Today

Friday - September 19, 2008

From the Director: The SLAC Agenda

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Earlier this year, we developed the 10-year scientific vision for the laboratory. Articulating the scientific goals that define where the laboratory is going over the next decade sets the distant beacon that we will use to steer our ship. We now must sail the ship to get there.

How is SLAC going to achieve these ambitious goals? How do we make the 10-year vision a reality? We must set goals in the near term, mid term and long term to guide us along our way. We must set those goals for both the scientific programs and the operations functions. At the highest level, we are using the SLAC agenda as our guide.

In the near term of 0–2 years, the SLAC agenda calls for tactical actions that must be accomplished. The science actions are familiar. On the operations side (the mission support functions) we have a lot to do in the next two years to bring laboratory operations up to modern standards for a multi-program lab. We will then have the foundation to build upon in order to deliver our strategic goals on the five-year time frame.  Read more...

Reminder: Certificate in Supervision Registration

It is not too late to sign up for the next Certificate in Supervision program, which begins next Thursday, September 25. The nine-class training program teaches supervisors and managers effective leadership skills to meet the demands of SLAC’s workplace and to promote optimal employee performance.

Program details and the course schedule are available on the Human Resources Training Web page under Certificate in Supervision. Register here to attend the next certificate series.

Word of the Week:
Gluon

A gluon is a subatomic particle associated with the strong nuclear force, which causes quarks to interact—forming protons and neutrons—and, by extension, binds together protons and neutrons in the nuclei of atoms. The existence of gluons was suggested by SLAC experiments in the late 1960's; gluons were later observed at the German physics lab DESY in Hamburg in 1979.

Save the Date:
Communications Trailer
(Re-)Warming Party

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Dust off your favorite Hawaiian shirt and get out your best limbo shoes. On September 25 from 2:30–4:30 p.m., the Communications office will re-warm its trailers with an end-of-summer luau.

Bring your friends and colleagues to the parking lot next to buildings 266 and 267 for delicious snacks, beverages, tons of giveaways and fun. Come hungry and ready to compete for prizes. We look forward to seeing you there!

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