From the Director of Operations:
Partner of Choice
Partner of choice. Centrally managed, field-deployed. These terms describe the support services delivery model that SLAC will increasingly use to forward our scientific mission. We in the SLAC service organizations intend to provide the best support services in the DOE laboratory complex; and we will do that. Let me explain how we intend to deliver those services.
Centrally managed services will ensure a standard service offering throughout SLAC. Human resources, procurement and payroll are examples of services that are already centrally managed here at the lab. With this approach we will ensure a standard level of quality, responsiveness and performance. Economies of scale result because the workload can be shared. Further, this staffing model will also enable us to provide increased expertise, specialization and/or equipment—all of which will make it easier to get things done at SLAC!
House Science Committee Staff Tour SLAC
SLAC Members of the House Science Committee staff
hear about SLAC science from SSRL Senior Staff Scientist Uwe Bergman. (Photo by Nicholas Bock.)
Yesterday afternoon, four staff members from the House Science Committee
visited SLAC for a tour of science programs and facilities across the lab. After a luncheon
with the SLAC Executive Council, the group made stops and heard presentations at
the SLAC linac, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, Linac Coherent Light
Source and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. The
visiting science committee members were: physicist and former American Physical
Society fellow Adam Rosenberg, professional staff member for the Energy and
Environment Subcommittee of the Full House Committee on Science and Technology; Jetta Wong, who handles Civilian Research, Development and Demonstration Programs at the Department of Energy; Margaret Caravelli, from the Science and Technology Committee's Republican Staff Chief Counsel; and
Professional Staff Member Elizabeth Chapel.
Many thanks to all who met SLAC's guests and helped to make both this and
Wednesday's Senate staff visit a real success.
Twentieth SLAC Juneteenth Celebration June 19
Juneteenth 2006. (Photo by Diana Rogers. Click for
Juneteenth Day is really an American celebration; so many different Americans were involved in bringing slavery to an end
in this country. Juneteenth is also about family, community and honoring
all of the Americans who fought for the first Juneteenth Day,
when American slaves learned of their freedom.
Come out and enjoy the festivities at SLAC's 20th Juneteenth Day
Celebration, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday,
June 19, in front of Building 41. There will be plenty of food, entertainment, vendors
and even a raffle. We have a delicious traditional favorites menu planned, as
well as music and fun on the
SLAC Green. Bring your lawn chair, a big appetite and your comfy shoes. Food
will be served at noon.
Please contact any of the following for tickets:
Bldg. 44, R208A
Bldg. 280C, R108
Bldg. 242, R2
Bldg. 24, R101B
Bldg. 081, R107
The Helix nebula. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Hora.)
Word of the Week: Nebula
Nebulae are giant clouds of dust and gas that bloom through space, life-sources of star clusters and progenitors of planetary systems. Some represent a transitory phase in the solar life-cycle, often arising from the explosive collapse of dying stars, then forming new stars and planetary bodies as they condense and cool.
Helix, the nebula shown here, is six light-years wide and was produced by the collapse of a star at its center. Located in the Aquarius constellation, the nebula is far too distant to be viewed in appreciable detail without a large telescope. But those without access to such equipment can take comfort in knowing that
recent repairs to the Hubble Telescope will ensure that vivid images of this and other nebulae will continue to pour in for years to come.