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SLAC/Stanford Site Office Receives Energy Secretary's Excellence Award
Symmetry Considers the Benefits of Particle Physics

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Thursday - January 8, 2009

SLAC/Stanford Site Office Receives Energy Secretary's Excellence Award

(Photo - Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman)
Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman presented the Honor Awards during a ceremony in Washington, DC, yesterday. (Image courtesy of the DOE.)

Yesterday, SLAC Site Office Manager Paul Golan received the Secretary of Energy's Excellence Award for outstanding work in the partnership of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University and the lab's Department of Energy Site Office. Golan is one of only a handful of individuals from across the DOE to be recognized by Secretary Samuel Bodman with the Honor Award, the highest honor presented by the secretary.

"This is high praise indeed and well deserved for Paul and the entire Site Office team," said SLAC Director Persis Drell. "Paul has redefined the relationship between the Site Office, the university and the laboratory in an extremely constructive way. We could not have made the progress we did in moving SLAC to its future without the leadership and hard work in the Site Office."

"While this award is very special in itself," Golan said, "the most touching aspect was that the nomination came from my team, the great folks who work at the Site Office." The nomination notes in particular last year's partnering agreement among the Site Office, SLAC and Stanford University. It cites development of "a partnership that effectively identified and resolves critical issues expeditiously; this partnership was critical in propelling SLAC's mission transition and Stanford University's governance of SLAC."

"So while my name may be on the certificate," Golan said, "the award recognizes the great progress we all have made by working together as partners."  Read more...

(Image - cover, Symmetry magazine, December 2008)

Symmetry Considers the Benefits of Particle Physics

Contributions to lifesaving medical treatments, advanced computing technologies, even stronger, greener automobile tires—the spin-off benefits of fundamental physics research are many and varied. But they are also difficult to quantify, while the costs, in terms of Federal and other R&D budgets, are accessible in more concrete terms. In a time that juxtaposes economic crisis with the startup of mankind's most expensive science experiment, is there a need for more direct comparison of research costs and benefits? The December issue of Symmetry magazine, now online and coming soon in print, explores the question, along with some of the compelling and often surprising payoffs of basic physics research.

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