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In this issue:
Close Up: Accelerating SSRL
Steven Chu to Address DOE Staff in All-Hands Today
Saint Lawrence String Quartet Today at Noon
"A Cup for a Cup"—Free Coffee/Tea Offer
Benefits Enrollment System to Accommodate Same-Sex Marriages

SLAC Today

Thursday - January 22, 2009

(Photo - SSRL Accelerator and Technology Group members outside Building 137)
(Left to right) SSRL Technology Development group's Steve Gierman, John Schmerge and Jeff Corbett with Accelerator Physics team members Xiaobiao Huang and James Safranek. (Photo by Shawne Workman. Click for larger image.)

Close Up:
Accelerating SSRL

The north wall of James Safranek's office, like many in Building 137, consists entirely of windows. Sunlight pours in on Safranek, who is spending a lot of time at his computer these days. The view from his office looks down on the security gate leading into the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, where Safranek's hard work takes shape.

Safranek is head of the Accelerator Physics group, which includes two other physicists and is a subgroup of the SSRL Accelerator Systems Department, or ASD. Most SSRL users are focused on the facility's X-rays, which they use to illuminate samples ranging from fossils to proteins. But it's the SPEAR3 storage ring that accelerates electrons to produce those X-rays, and it's the ASD that oversees the function and maintenance of the ring. When SSRL commissioned SPEAR3, Safranek and his group led the effort to get the accelerator up and running at its full potential.  Read more...

New Energy Secretary to Address DOE Staff in All‑Hands Today

Newly appointed Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will address the Department of Energy staff in an all-hands meeting this morning. In a letter, Chu wrote:

Fellow Department of Energy Employees:
I am humbled and honored to begin my service today as Secretary of Energy, working for President Obama and the American people as we tackle the enormous challenges and opportunities before us.
Yesterday, President Obama asked all Americans to join him in this effort, but the hardworking and talented Federal and contractor employees at the Department of Energy have a special and important role to play. I will be relying on your guidance, your ideas, your expertise, and your outstanding work as we face the challenges ahead—and look forward to working with all of you to achieve significant results for the American people.

All SLAC staff are invited to Panofsky Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. PST to hear Chu's address.

Saint Lawrence String Quartet Today at Noon

(Photo - The St. Lawrence String Quartet)
The Saint Lawrence String Quartet. (Photo by Anthony Parmelee.)

Don't miss today's lunchtime concert with the Saint Lawrence String Quartet, in Kavli Auditorium from noon to 1:00 p.m. The group will play Haydn's string quartet Opus 9, #2, and also offer a sneak preview of a new work, to be announced at the performance.

The concert is free and open to all.

Benefits Enrollment System to Accommodate Same-Sex Marriages

Benefits-eligible employees in same-sex marriages will be able to have their spouse recognized in Stanford's online health and welfare enrollment system after a larger upgrade to the overall module later this year.  Read more in the Stanford Report...

"A Cup for a Cup"—Free Coffee/Tea Offer

(Photo - new SLAC logo mugs)
These great ceramic cups imprinted with the new SLAC logo have just arrived at the Gift Shop in the Stanford Guest House (Building 49). (Photo by Doug Kreitz. Click for larger image.)

As a special treat for buying one of the new SLAC logo mugs now available at the Stanford Guest House Gift Shop, you will receive a coupon good for one free cup of coffee or tea at the Linear Café, donated by the Epicurean Group. Coupons will be provided through January 31st, and can be redeemed through February 27th.

Hurry over today and be one of the first in your group to have one of these great cups—and to enjoy a delicious free hot drink at the Linear Café!

The Friends of the Linear Accelerator would like to thank the Epicurean Group and the Stanford Guest House for their participation in this promotion.


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