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A New Acting CFO for SLAC
DOE Welcomes New Members to Leadership Team
Cyber Security Basics Training Deadline July 2
WIS Seminar Next Wednesday: Personality Mapping

SLAC Today

Thursday - May 21, 2009

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A New Acting CFO for SLAC

To help guide development of the SLAC Business Services Division's new finance center of excellence, Susan Calandra will be joining SLAC as Acting Chief Financial Officer for a period of one year, starting June 1. As Acting CFO, Calandra will lead the transformation of the Business Services Division into the new Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and help identify areas where SLAC might benefit from established Stanford business practices.

In her current position as Stanford University controller, Calandra is responsible for all university accounting and financial reporting activities, and serves as business owner of Stanford’s financial systems.

"I’ve been working on several SLAC initiatives over the past year and have gotten to know Persis and Sandy," Calandra said. "I have been impressed with their determination to create a first-class financial infrastructure to support the world-class science that is being performed at SLAC."

"Over the last months, the Stanford controller's office been working toward our vision of keeping the university safe, helping others be successful, and simplifying process, policy and procedures," she said. "When Persis and Sandy asked me to join their team, I felt that this was a great opportunity for me to put this vision to work at SLAC."

"Not only does Susan bring outstanding credentials and experience to SLAC," said Sandy Merola, who is SLAC's chief operations officer, "but having her as Acting CFO will further strengthen the growing collaborative relationship between SLAC and the main Stanford campus."

"I have some understanding of the challenges the lab faces in streamlining business systems," Calandra said. "As I transition to SLAC in June and July, I'd like to spend time getting a deeper understanding of SLAC's needs, by getting to know the people and issues. I don't have all the answers. Together, we'll figure it out."  Read more...

DOE Welcomes New Members to Leadership Team

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This week, the Senate confirmed six Department of Energy nominees, including Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, Under Secretary for Energy Kristina Johnson and Under Secretary for Science Steven Koonin. Also confirmed this week were General Counsel Scott Blake Harris, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs David Sandalow and Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Ines Triay.

"We are fortunate to have such talented and dedicated leaders joining our team at the Department of Energy," said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. "The Department has set aggressive goals for creating green jobs, addressing our climate crisis and putting the country on a path to energy independence, and these confirmations are an important step toward reaching those goals."

Cyber Security Basics Training Deadline July 2

If you have a SLAC computer account, the course Cyber Security Basics – CS101 is required training and is now included in your SLAC Training Assessment. The course covers the basics of computer security: creating and protecting your password, appropriate use of e-mail and the Internet, and what to do in case of a computer security incident. If you already know this information you can challenge the quiz on the first slide. (To pass you must answer four of five questions correctly.) Anyone who has a SLAC account to access SLAC information resources must take this course by July 2, 2009.  Read more...

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WIS Seminar Next Wednesday:
Personality Mapping

The Women's Interchange at SLAC is pleased to present Chandrama Lynn Anderson, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Palo Alto, with a hands-on workshop, "Personality Mapping: Your Map to Personal Knowledge and Change."

(Photo - Chandrama Anderson)

Would you like a deeper understanding of yourself and/or the couple you are in? While Myers-Briggs shows what your personality style is, Personality Mapping illustrates how you got here, highlights where you want to go and what might be slowing you down. The goal is to help you develop more tools to live a successful, authentic life, and change your brain along the way.

RSVP Required

Unlike other WIS events, an RSVP is needed, as special materials will be provided. Please arrive promptly and do not bring lunch. To provide an uninterrupted experience, doors will be closed at 12:05 p.m.

Anderson's workshop will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium. Please let us know if you plan to attend by May 26: call extension 4134 or e-mail


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