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From the Director: Lab Plan Briefing in DC
Launched Today: Spot Award and Recognition Program
Energy Summer School Accepting Applications

SLAC Today

Friday - May 1, 2009

From the Director: Lab Plan Briefing in DC

(Photo - Persis Drell)

This week SLAC management had the opportunity to present our vision for the laboratory and our plan to achieve it to the senior leadership of the Office of Science. Sandy Merola, Keith Hodgson, Bill Madia representing Stanford and Paul Golan from the Site Office were all present. I spoke about our current programs and our strategy to achieve our future vision for the lab.

The goals are clear: a premier electron accelerator lab, a leading light source lab and a leading non-accelerator based particle physics lab (which includes particle astrophysics and cosmology). One aim is to support the user community to do accelerator based particle physics at the LHC. The lab is poised to evolve and grow into scientific areas that exploit our X-ray facilities to address important problems in energy related areas. It's also clear what we need to do to achieve mission readiness at the laboratory.

The briefing went very well. Of course, I've never had such a good story to tell! In starting out, I talked about the beautiful turn on of the Linac Coherent Light Source. The success of the present is a wonderful springboard to tell the vision of our future. I showed a movie of the LCLS laser beam (requires Windows Media Player). In fact I showed the LCLS movie three times. No question… it's a hit!

Last year at the lab plan briefing, SLAC management was in the early stages of developing a vision for our future. Our path forward as a lab is much clearer now and that comes through in interactions with our sponsors. Successful operations and science with LCLS is the gateway to the lab's future and the spectacular progress of the past few weeks means that getting to this future just got a lot easier!

Launched Today:
Spot Award and Recognition Program

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Supervisors can now give employees "on the spot" awards in the form of chips that can be exchanged for gift certificates to the Linear Café, Stanford Bookstore and Stanford Guesthouse gift shop.

Beginning today, SLAC employees who perform outstanding work have a new way of being recognized. Through the SLAC Spot Award and Recognition Program, supervisors can now give employees "on the spot" monetary awards. These awards will come in the form of chips (see image at right), which can be exchanged for gift certificates to the Linear Café, the Stanford Bookstore and the Stanford Guesthouse gift shop. The chips will come in increments of $10, with a maximum award of $50 for a single accomplishment.

"This program is about going out and rewarding people who are doing things right," said Human Resources Director Larry Young. "These aren't huge financial rewards, but they do provide supervisors and managers the ability to give immediate and tangible thanks for exceptional work."

All SLAC employees below the level of Associate Laboratory Director are eligible for this new award, and the chips can be awarded across departments and directorates. Employees are encouraged to recommend their coworkers for recognition.

The Spot Award Recognition Program does not replace SLAC's other performance bonus programs. A full list of award criteria, as well as instructions for supervisors, can be found in the Spot Award program description on the Human Resources Web site.

Energy Summer School Accepting Applications


Applications are now open for the Energy Summer School, a one-stop, intensive two-week program on energy science, engineering and policy. Topics range from global energy resources and utilization to basic science and engineering challenges and cutting edge technologies for energy generation, storage, transportation and usage.

The Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Science at SLAC is co-hosting the school with Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy and Global Climate and Energy Project, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. All four organizations support and conduct a broad portfolio of basic research in energy science and technologies that optimize useable energy, or exergy, while minimizing greenhouse emissions.

The school will provide a broad energy overview in the first week of its two-week program: energy resources and exergy analysis, economics and policy, nuclear and renewable energy, the electric grid, and current technologies in industry, building and transportation. The second week will provide an in-depth look at materials related science and engineering, such as photovoltaics, solid state lighting, thermoelectrics, catalysis, fuel cells, hydrogen storage and superconductivity.

Science and engineering graduate students and those accepted to begin their graduate study in the Fall who have a serious interest in energy science are invited to apply. Like the field itself, the school is multidisciplinary and welcomes students from a variety of fields, including condensed matter physics, materials science and engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering, bio-sciences, geosciences, and electrical and mechanical engineering.

For the full program and application instructions, please see the Energy Summer School Web site. Please direct questions to the ESS Coordinator.

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