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SAFE09: Out in the Field with the Site Office Safety Team
Seminars Today to Explore Recent Gamma-ray Discoveries
Early Registration Deadline for Ultrafast X-ray Summer School

SLAC Today

Wednesday - May 6, 2009

SAFE09: Out in the Field with the Site Office Safety Team

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SLAC Site Office safety team members (from left) John Saidi, Jesse Saldivar, Dave Osugi, Ernest Maune, Mitzi Heard, Don Wilhelm, Scott Wenholtz and Tom Rizzi. (Photo by Lauren Schenkman.)

A pair of steel-toed boots and a hard hat are always within arm's reach, for members of the Environment, Safety and Health and Facility Operations Team at the SLAC Site Office. As representatives of the Department of Energy's Office of Science, the Site Office safety team works together with SLAC's ES&H Division and line management, including University Technical Representatives and ES&H coordinators, to look out for the well-being of the lab's employees.

"This crew gets out quite a bit," said Tom Rizzi, head of the Site Office safety team. Team members spend at least 30 percent of their time out in the field. The idea of having "more boots on the ground" was a response to the challenges the lab faced in keeping a large team of contractors and lab employees safe during construction of the Linac Coherent Light Source.

In 2007, with a year of LCLS construction behind them, the Site Office, SLAC's ES&H Division, and the LCLS project management team and general contractor saw a way to reduce the number of incidents—personal injuries, damage to equipment and procedural mistakes—associated with the project. The four groups united to form a Safety Stewardship Committee that took a big-picture approach to safety on the LCLS construction project.

"The committee was formed to look ahead in the construction schedule for high hazard tasks," said Michael Scharfenstein, the LCLS Directorate's ES&H coordinator. "The idea was to plan rather than react."  Read more...

Seminars Today to Explore Recent Gamma-ray Discoveries

Two special seminars today will present noteworthy recent results from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. At 12:30 p.m. in Kavli Auditorium, FGST Large Area Telescope collaborator Luca Latronico from the University of Pisa in Italy will discuss the detection of excess high-energy electrons, a possible signature of dark matter, in "Measurement of the CR Electron Spectrum from 20 GeV to 1 TeV with the Fermi Large Area Telescope." Also in Kavli Auditorium, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., SLAC physicist Philip Schuster will host a seminar and discussion on the LAT findings, "Interpretations of Fermi Data." Speakers will include Troy Porter of UC Santa Cruz, Asimina Arvanitaki of UC Berkeley and Neil Weiner from New York University. Both seminars are free and open to all.

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Early Registration Deadline for Ultrafast X-ray Summer School

Early registration for the PULSE Institute's Ultrafast X-ray Summer School ends this Saturday, May 9. The registration fee will increase from $250 to $300 on May 10.

The June 15–19 summer school is a five day residential program at SLAC to disseminate information and train students and postdocs on new opportunities in ultrafast science, particularly using X-ray free electron lasers. Lectures will be presented by expert scientists in this exciting new field. The attendees will be expected to participate in the discussions and will prepare a mock beamtime proposal poster with input from an instrument scientist for the Linac Coherent Light Source. For details and online registration, see the Ultrafast X-ray Summer School Web site.

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