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In this issue:
SLAC Business Services Division to Develop Finance Center of Excellence
In the News: Important Step Forward Toward SuperB Realization
Performance Evaluation Update: New Required Training for Supervisors
Today at Noon: Making Photographs
New Embroidered SLAC Hats at the Gift Shop

SLAC Today

Thursday - May 14, 2009

SLAC Business Services Division to Develop Finance Center of Excellence

As part of ongoing improvements to support the lab's scientific mission, SLAC's Business Services Division will be reorganized to form a new "CFO organization." The new organization will create a center of excellence for finance at SLAC, and support the Operations Directorate's goal of being the partner of choice for laboratory support services.

"SLAC's management and Board of Overseers both agree on the need for a focused and integrated financial group to help streamline operations and achieve outstanding performance," said SLAC Director Persis Drell.

SLAC management is actively seeking a new Chief Finance Officer to lead this organization. "We are preparing the structure to support the new CFO while the search for him or her is underway," said Operations Director Alexander Merola, who will act as interim director during the transition.

SLAC's current CFO, Mimi Chang, plans to retire soon. "This is a tough search" Merola said. "Mimi Chang left some big shoes to fill in her many years of outstanding service, and the new finance center will have very high standards to uphold, to be the partner of choice for the lab's finance needs. This Partner of Choice model will be the vehicle that allows us to move to a centrally-managed, field-deployed service delivery model."

As part of an all-hands briefing to BSD staff yesterday, Merola noted that "We in Operations are committed to making SLAC the most scientifically competitive laboratory in the DOE Office of Science complex. And we will succeed."

In the News: Important Step Forward Toward SuperB Realization

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Gain in luminosity obtained when applying the "crab-waist" configuration for the interaction region. (Image: INFN Frascati National Lab.)

On April 23–24, the second meeting of the SuperB Machine Advisory Committee chaired by Jonathan Dorfan and composed of well known international machine experts was held in Frascati.

At the outcome of the meeting, the committee reported that it "now feels secure in enthusiastically encouraging the SuperB design team to proceed to the TDR phase, with confidence that the design parameters are achievable."  Read more on Interactions...

Performance Evaluation Update

New Required Training for Supervisors

SLAC is making significant changes in this year's performance evaluation process and evaluation forms. Training for this new performance evaluation process is mandatory for all supervisors. Training dates listed below are open to all supervisors. However, the May 19 and May 28 trainings will focus on the new process and form being introduced for staff scientists.

Supervisors attending the Certificate in Supervision class from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 19, will fulfill this training requirement.  Read more...

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Today at Noon: Making Photographs

Accomplished Bay Area photographers Robert Kato, Oliver Klink and Larry Stueck will present "Making Photographs," today from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Kavli Auditorium. Their presentation will be based on selected photographs taken by SLAC staff and postprocessed by the presenters to show the hidden information and impact within. The event is free and open to all.

New Embroidered SLAC Hats at the Gift Shop

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Warren Lee and Sylvia Rupilius of SLAC's Business Services Division model the newly-arrived embroidered SLAC caps.

Step into high style this spring with either (or both!) of these hats, available in black or khaki—perfect for every outfit.

The Gift Shop at SLAC's Stanford Guest House is open 24/7 and has a variety of great SLAC logo items in stock.

For more information, contact the Guest House (x2800).

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