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From the Director: Improving our Infrastructure—The SLI Project
Ten Year Service Awards
Word of the Week: Dark

SLAC Today

Friday - January 16, 2009

From the Director:
Improving our Infrastructure—The SLI Project

SLAC site map planned for the end of 2014
SLAC site map planned for the end of 2014. (Click for larger image.)

The goal of the Department of Energy's Science Laboratories Infrastructure program is to maintain the general purpose infrastructure at the 10 Office of Science laboratories. The SLI program supports the science mission of the labs by funding line item construction, general plant projects, and cleanup and removal of excess facilities. Started in 2004, the program is the largest initiative to improve infrastructure since the labs were built.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory submitted a major SLI proposal last year. As we make the transition from our single program past to our multi-program future, we need modern infrastructure to support an aligned workforce dedicated to achieving our laboratory mission. The mission need for the project was approved and it is moving forward.  Read more...

(Photo - recycling compostables)
(Photo courtesy of Laurel Brandt.)


Starting January 18th, SLAC will join Stanford University in friendly competition against colleges and universities around the country in RecycleMania. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data. The entries are then ranked by amount of recyclables collected per capita, total recyclables, trash per capita and recycling rate. Recyclable materials considered in the competition include bottles and cans, paper and corrugated cardboard.

In 2008, Stanford won the Gorilla Prize, which is awarded to the school that accumulates the highest gross tonnage of recyclables during the competition.

The contest aims align well with SLAC's Environmental Management System goal of increasing recycling by 5% this year. So take that extra effort to reduce, reuse and recycle! Green recycling containers are located throughout SLAC for cans, bottles and mixed paper recycling. Materials placed in trash cans are not sorted for recycling and will end up in the landfill. If you need additional recycling containers in your area, please alert your building manager.

For more information, including locations of cardboard recycling bins and program contacts, please see SLAC's recycling Web site.

(Photo - 10 year service award luncheon)
(Photo by Shawne Workman. Click for larger image.)

Ten Year
Service Awards

Yesterday, 63 employees were honored for their 10 years of service to SLAC with a congratulatory luncheon and awards event in Building 48's Redwood Room. Joining in the festivities, Persis Drell congratulated everyone on their years of service:

It is a privilege to honor you at the 10 year service award ceremony. Each of you has devoted time, talent, and energy to help SLAC reach its mission goals. It is my pleasure to say thank you for being part of the team that makes SLAC a great laboratory and great place to work. We congratulate you on reaching this milestone in your careers and thank you for your dedication to the laboratory.

Word of the Week: Dark

In cosmology and astrophysics, "dark" is the name given to the most prevalent and mysterious components of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. These shadowy substances are "dark" because they don't emit or reflect energy at any wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum. They're invisible not only to our eyes, but to radio, X-ray, infrared, and gamma-ray telescopes alike. We only know they're there by the indirect effects they have on normal matter. Dark matter's gravity causes galaxies to spin faster than the mass of their stars should allow, while dark energy accelerates the expansion of the universe.


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