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Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Renamed SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
From the Director—SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Lab Re-naming Ceremony
New Lab Logo
LCLS/SSRL Users' Meeting Update
Cyber Security Awareness Month
New Required Computer Course

SLAC Today

Thursday - October 16, 2008

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Renamed
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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The U.S. Department of Energy has renamed Stanford Linear Accelerator Center the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

"The new laboratory name acknowledges the distinguished accomplishments SLAC has achieved over the years, and its exciting future as a multi-program Department of Energy National Laboratory," said Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach. "The Laboratory's world-leading set of core capabilities makes it a key member of the Department's National Laboratory complex, and fuels the Office of Science research capabilities for the future."

Read the full news release...

From the Director—SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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Yesterday, in a ceremony at SLAC, Deputy Director for Science Programs Pat Dehmer of the Office of Science announced our new name: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

The new name recognizes the past history of the laboratory and looks to the lab's future.

SLAC: What does SLAC stand for? SLAC stands for outstanding science…and while "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" and SLAC by any other name would still do great science, I am glad that we are preserving the name recognition of 45 years that is attached to those four letters. This was extremely important to the staff of the laboratory. We have been and will be: SLAC.

National: We are a national user facility and our name now proudly calls that out. We do not just serve a local community. We serve the U. S. Department of Energy and the nation.  Read more...

SLAC Re-naming Ceremony


Pat Dehmer addresses a full house at Panofsky Auditorium. (Photo by Brad Plummer. Click for larger image.)

Thank you to all who participated in yesterday's renaming ceremony.

Deputy Director for Science Programs Patricia Dehmer of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science announced the new name to a full house in Panofsky Auditorium. Her address received a friendly reception, as did remarks and a joke or two from Stanford University Provost John Etchemendy and laboratory Director Persis Drell.


Etchemendy, Drell and Dehmer pose with one of the honorary SLAC t-shirts. (Photo by Brad Plummer. Click for larger image.)

Special first-run SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory t-shirts were presented to Dehmer, Etchemendy, Drell, Site Office Manager Paul Golan and Stanford University Vice President for SLAC Bill Madia.

New Lab Logo

The new SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory logo graphic and animation are available for download here. Please use these images with discretion; logo guidelines will be published soon, as will a PowerPoint presentation template, laboratory letterhead and other materials.

LCLS/SSRL Users' Meeting Update

The joint users' meeting of SLAC's two key light sources is going strong this week. SLAC science writer Brad Plummer discusses some of the highlights in his blog.

Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it's a good time to take a hard look at how online behaviors could put you and SLAC in harm's way. You don't have to be a computer genius to protect yourself online and you don't have to spend a lot of money. Here is the first of a series of a computer safety tips.

Protect your personal information. To an identity thief, it can provide instant access to your financial accounts, your credit record and your other personal assets.

Anyone can be a victim of identity theft. According to a Federal Trade Commission survey, there are almost 10 million victims every year. It's often difficult to know how thieves obtained their victims' information. While it definitely can happen offline, many cases start when online data are stolen. Visit the FTC's identity theft Web site to learn what to do if your identity is stolen.

The SLAC computer security group will provide additional tips over the course of the month on the computer security Web page.

New Required Computer Course

All SLAC network account holders will be required to complete new 30-minute course, Computer Security Awareness. The on-screen training course covers basic concepts in password protection, e-mail guidelines, Internet use and incident response. Users can challenge the course by passing a quiz on the 5th slide.

New users must complete the course within 30 days of receiving an account. Existing users will have 90 days after official notification by e-mail. Contact Marilyn Cariola (x2820) with any questions.

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