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B-Factory Symposium Celebrates PEP-II and BaBar
People Today: Patrick Lui, International Educator
Reminder: Reception Today in the Linear Café
User Productivity Kit for PeopleSoft Training

SLAC Today

Wednesday - October 29, 2008

B-Factory Symposium Celebrates PEP-II and BaBar

An international audience gathered together at Monday's B-Factory Symposium at the Schwab Residential Center in Stanford's Vidalakis Hall to recognize the achievements of the PEP-II accelerator complex and the BaBar experiment. The symposium revisited the history of the facility from the early planning of PEP-II in the late 1980's through mention of the BaBar experiment in this year's Nobel Prize in physics.

Just after noon, the sunny patio buzzed with discussion while attendees took a lunch break. BaBar Collaboration members visited with colleagues from national and foreign institutions who returned to SLAC for the celebration. "It was very nice to get everybody back together again," said John Seeman, now assistant director of SLAC's Particle Physics and Astrophysics Division. "We had Berkeley colleagues and Livermore colleagues who I hadn't seen since we built [PEP-II] 10 years ago. It was refreshing to see all our old designs and see how they worked out, to look back at our inspirations along the way and the people we worked with." The year 2008 marks the final data collection using the BaBar detector and PEP-II.  Read more...

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Patrick Lui, International Educator


SLAC Technology Transfer Associate Patrick Lui traveled to Hong Kong over the summer to teach an international group of students. (Photo by Calla Cofield. Click for larger image.)

"I'm a bit of a scatterbrain," says Patrick Lui. But his work in the SLAC Technology Transfer department would suggest that Lui is hardly unfocused. "Well, I have a lot of interests," he clarifies. "There are just so many options!" Lui says having so many interests makes him a cheerleader for multidisciplinary education. Two years ago, his interest in science education prompted him to discuss with a friend the possibility of starting an international school in his native Hong Kong to teach students about the interconnectedness of science, technology and society. Last summer, Lui's idea became a reality, and a resounding success.

"In teaching, we can't lose sight of the interplay between complementary disciplines," says Lui. "Science plays such an important role in modern society." Lui says he has always enjoyed teaching. He taught for four years during graduate school, actively participated in the SLAC tours program and stays connected with the SLAC Education Department.  Read more...

Reminder: Reception Today in the Linear Café

The Epicurean Group is hosting a reception at the Linear Café today at 4:30 p.m. Come to enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and give your feedback and suggestions on SLAC food services. Please RSVP to Robin Martinez.

User Productivity Kit for PeopleSoft Training

On October 30th, the Business Applications team will launch its online training tool, the User Productivity Kit, for use with the PeopleSoft system.

The kit is an interactive online training tool that provides instructions to complete tasks in the PeopleSoft applications used at SLAC. With this kit, you can easily view "how-to" demonstrations, practice a task in a simulated environment, and test your knowledge of the task. It provides PeopleSoft training at your convenience and at your own pace.

The initial release will apply to the Purchasing Department's PeopleSoft eProcurement functions. This first course provides training to enter, approve, and track PeopleSoft purchase requisitions. The Business Applications team is also preparing training in other PeopleSoft modules such as human resources and accounting. The release of those training modules will be announced in the near future.

SLAC staff can log in to the new tools through the PeopleSoft training Web site.

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