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From the Director of Operations: Partner of Choice
House Staff Tour SLAC
Twentieth SLAC Juneteenth Celebration June 19
Word of the Week: Nebula

SLAC Today

Friday - May 29, 2009

From the Director of Operations:
Partner of Choice

(Photo - Alexander Merola)

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!  Read more...

House Science Committee Staff Tour SLAC

(Photo - House Science Committee members tour SSRL)
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

(Photo - Juneteenth 2006)
Juneteenth 2006. (Photo by Diana Rogers. Click for larger image.)

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:

Wanda Elliott
Ben Smith
Michelle Smith  
Sharon Oden
Mattie Pace
Al Baker
Hank Gray

Bldg. 44, R208A
Bldg. 280C, R108  
Bldg. 242, R2
Bldg. 24, R101B
Bldg. 081, R107
Bldg. 005
Bldg. 015

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(Photo - the Helix nebula)
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.

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