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SLAC to Receive $68.3 Million in Recovery Act Funding
Spring Training Opportunities Guide Puts Practical Classes within Easy Reach
Colloquium Next Monday: Sidney Drell on Arms Control

SLAC Today

Tuesday - March 24, 2009

SLAC to Receive $68.3 Million in Recovery Act Funding

Funds are part of $1.6 billion from Recovery Act to be disbursed by Department of Energy's Office of Science

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SLAC's two-mile linear accelerator is the longest in the world.

The Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will receive $68.3 million in funds from President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, allowing the laboratory to accelerate the acquisition of major research equipment and perform seismic upgrades to laboratory infrastructure.

The funds are part of $1.2 billion announced by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu yesterday from funding allocated under the Recovery Act to DOE's Office of Science. The funds will support an array of Office of Science-sponsored construction, laboratory infrastructure and research projects across the nation. The Secretary made the announcement during a visit to Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY.

"Leadership in science remains vital to America's economic prosperity, energy security and global competitiveness," said Secretary Chu. "These projects not only provide critically needed short-term economic relief but also represent a strategic investment in our nation's future. They will create thousands of jobs and breathe new life into many local economies, while helping to accelerate new technology development, renew our scientific and engineering workforce, and modernize our nation's scientific infrastructure."

"We are very excited that these funds will allow us to make new investments in this lab and in the scientific future of this country," said SLAC Director Persis Drell. "The Recovery Act funding will enable SLAC to accelerate delivery of science from our premier new facility, the Linac Coherent Light Source. It will also provide much-needed modernization and construction of our facilities, while bringing new hope and jobs to the local economy."  Read more in the full news release...

See the News section below for more on Recovery Act funding for DOE science.

Spring Training Opportunities Guide Puts Practical Classes within Easy Reach

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Last week all employees with Stanford benefits received in their mailbox a copy of the new and improved Training Opportunities Guide, with learning opportunities on Stanford Campus for the months of April, May and June. Inside the guide are more than 160 workshops and courses to assist in personal and professional development. Please take some time to review the many learning opportunities available to you. You will find classes in computing, finance, leading, supervision, health and safety. You can view the guide and register for classes online through the Stanford Learning & Development Web site.

Please contact Charlotte Carlson in Human Resources Training and Development (x2265) if you need assistance in class selection or registration.

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Sidney Drell.

Colloquium Next Monday: Sidney Drell on Arms Control

Next Monday, SLAC Deputy Director Emeritus and Hoover Institute Fellow Sidney Drell will present a colloquium, "Rekindling the Vision of President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev at Reykjavik: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons."

What will it take to reignite today the vision of a nuclear-weapons-free world that Reagan and Gorbachev brought to their remarkable summit at Reykjavik in 1986? Drawing on his distinguished career as a physicist and arms control expert, Drell will discuss the landscape of international nuclear arms control, changed from the Cold War era's faceoff between superpowers to today's danger from ruthless national leaders or terrorists.

Drell has been a senior adviser to the federal government on national security and defense issues for more than four decades. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Enrico Fermi Award, among other honors, for his work in physics, nuclear energy and international arms control.

The colloquium begins at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, March 30, in Panofsky Auditorium. The event is free and open to all.

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