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Open SESAME
Safety Today: Lab-wide Safety and Security Briefings Today
Archives Month Contest Yields 112 Needed SLAC Publications

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Tuesday - November 4, 2008

Open SESAME

Mr. Salameh, Mayor of nearby Salt City, Jordan (left) and SLAC physicist Herman Winick (right) standing at the BESSY I 0.8 GeV booster synchrotron, under assembly in the new SESAME facility building. (Photo courtesy of Herman Winick. Click for larger image.)

One might imagine that few celebratory events bring together high-ranking representatives from the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Turkey and Greek Cyprus, given current diplomatic relations. But a synchrotron science soirée this week has done just that.

Yesterday marked the inauguration of the UNESCO-sponsored project Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East, or SESAME. The event celebrated the beginning of the light source's injection system installation and the completion of the center's main building, which is occupied by about 20 staff members. The SESAME site and building have been provided by Jordan; the project as a whole is a collaboration between Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority and Turkey.

"I am often asked why countries that have no diplomatic relations, and even engage in hostile acts against each other, are cooperating to make SESAME a reality," said SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University physicist Herman Winick, who first proposed the project. "It is because they seek the benefits that SESAME offers. Their students no longer have to leave the region to conduct frontier research as part of graduate training. Their scientific diaspora has reason to return. And their scientists can pursue studies relevant to local biomedical and environmental issues and concerns. SESAME also promotes understanding among scientists from different cultures and religions, contributing to peace in the region."  Read more...

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Lab-wide Safety and Security Briefings Today

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The 2005 SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Safety and Security Briefing. (Photo by Diana Rogers. Click for larger image.)

Please remember to attend one of the four Annual Safety and Security Briefings today in Panofsky Auditorium. Opening presentations by lab Director Persis Drell and Department of Energy Site Office Manager Paul Golan will be followed by talks on safety and security. Please try to attend alphabetically by family name:

A–F:  8:30–9:45 a.m.

G–L:  10:30–11:45 a.m.

M–R:  1:30–2:45 p.m.

S–Z:  3:30–4:45 p.m.

Supervisors are expected to make the accommodations necessary for their staff to attend one of these sessions.

Information about SLAC's Safety and Security Integrated Management Program will also be available at tables set up in the auditorium breezeway throughout the day. Subject matter experts will be manning the tables to answer questions about such topics as computer security, counterintelligence, site security, bicycle safety, energy conservation, environmental management, medical services, emergency response, property management and fire protection.

If you have questions, please contact Doug Kreitz (x4550).

Archives Month Contest Yields 112 Needed SLAC Publications

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Archivists Jean Deken (left) and Laura O'Hara draw winners. (Photo courtesy of the SLAC Archives and History Office. Click for larger image.)

The Archives and History Office staff held the drawing for winners in the American Archives Month 2008 contest yesterday morning. Participants brought needed issues of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory periodicals to the archives office, to help complete the office's collection of SLAC periodicals, including SLAC News, Beam Line, The Interaction Point, SSRL Users Newsletter, Computing @ SLAC. For each gap filled, the submitter received one spot in the drawing.

Winners received custom-made, one-of-a-kind beverage mugs, each featuring a different historic SLAC image. The winners are:

1st Place: John Halperin

2nd Place: Cherrill Spencer

3rd Place: David Aston

4th Place: Ruth McDunn

A special commendation for the highest number of valid entries was awarded to Cherrill Spencer, who filled a total of 75 gaps in the archives office collection. Over the course of October, the archives office received 112 gap-filling newsletter issues from present and former lab staff.

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Winners in the American Archives Month 2008 drawing received lab history coffee mugs. (Photo courtesy of the SLAC Archives and History Office. Click for larger image.)

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