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In this issue:
From the Director: Accelerator Science at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Family Giving Tree
Guide to Selecting Great Candidates: A Workshop for Hiring Managers
Word of the Week: Low-conductivity Water
LCLS Hardware Update

SLAC Today

Friday - December 5, 2008

From the Director: Accelerator Science at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

(Photo - Persis Drell)

This week in a hotel in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the Office of High Energy Physics conducted a review of OHEP-supported accelerator science at the national laboratories. Accelerators are used throughout science, medicine and industry. As the charge to the review stated:

The [OHEP] Accelerator Science program nurtures the technologies needed to design and build the future accelerator facilities that will be used to carry out the HEP research program, and also to provide new accelerator-based tools for other scientific research disciplines, thereby advancing our strategic goals for science.

SLAC has a long history of accelerator design and innovation supported by a very strong program in accelerator research. The unique test facilities provided by End Stations A and B, the Next Linear Collider Test Accelerator, the Klystron Test Facility, Accelerator Structure Test Area and the SLAC linac itself, support strong experimental programs in high gradient microwave structure research and development, laser acceleration and plasma wakefield acceleration. In addition, strong beam physics and advanced computing efforts support the accelerator programs on the site. SLAC has an important role in training the accelerator scientists; Stanford University is one of only a handful of universities in the U.S. offering advanced degrees in accelerator physics.  Read more...

Family Giving Tree

The SLAC Community is once again showing its generosity by participating in the Family Giving Tree. Don't forget to pick up a Wish Card from the Family Giving Tree and bring a gift to a child who would otherwise go without.

Gifts should range between $20 and $30 to ensure equality among all recipient households. Wish Cards can be found at a number of Wish Card locations. There are Family Giving Trees hanging in the following locations:

• Kavli 2nd floor by the great green glass wall in "Pierre's room"

• ROB 1st-floor lobby area

• LCLS kitchen area

• SSRL 120 lobby area

If you wish, Debbie Tryforos or Diana Viera are willing to do the shopping for you. They will take donations and get the gift for you.

The Family Giving Tree will end Friday, December 12th. Thanks for giving!

Guide to Selecting Great Candidates: A Workshop for Hiring Managers

Hiring great people is one of the most important jobs of any manager. Good hires ensure success for the organization and the manager's work group. Hiring mistakes drain valuable time and resources and can result in unnecessary frustration in an already demanding work environment.

Human Resources is offering a workshop to help you find great employees and avoid costly hiring mistakes. This 2-hour workshop will provide practical tips on defining job specifications, developing interviewing questions, conducting effective interviews and selecting the right candidate for your job.

The first "Guide to Selecting Great Candidates" workshop will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Building 48. Please e-mail Charlotte Carlson to register.

Word of the Week:
Low-conductivity Water

(Photo - LCW resin beds)
SLAC's "resin bed" where ions are filtered from tap water to create low-conductivity water. (Photo by Brad Plummer. Click for larger image.)

Low-conductivity water, or LCW, is a specially prepared form of water used to cool electronic components such as magnets, vacuum chambers and heavy electrical cables. LCW is produced at SLAC using ordinary tap water filtered through cylinders filled with resin pellets that remove any ions present. The result is cooling water that works as an insulator rather than an electrical conductor.

LCLS Hardware Update

Click for an interactive map of the LCLS.

Highlights this week from the Linac Coherent Light Source hardware installation include:

• The single beam dump shielding and the tune-up dump/undulator shielding have been installed.

• All major hardware assembly is complete up to and including the E-Beam Dump. Final Checkout is in process.


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