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PULSE Moves In
Tomorrow is Juneteenth!
WIS Seminar Next Week: Easy on the Eyes
Recycling Tip of the Week: Scrap Metal

SLAC Today

Thursday - June 18, 2009

PULSE Director Phil Bucksbaum and Laboratory Director Persis Drell officially opened the first of several newly renovated offices and laboratories in Building 40 on Monday. (Photo by Nicholas Bock.)

PULSE Moves In

The PULSE Institute for Ultrafast Energy Science has a new home at SLAC. This week, the first of several newly renovated offices and laboratories in Building 40 officially opened for PULSE researchers.

"Laboratories evolve, and I think that this space is symbolic of the evolution of SLAC," said Laboratory Director Persis Drell. "Building 40 is one of the original buildings on the site. These labs have been used to build detector elements, to support work for the colliding beam program and to run the materials program. And now this space is serving as the home for a new field: ultrafast science."

The refurbished offices and new laboratories are the first dedicated PULSE space at SLAC. Until now, researchers worked in borrowed laboratories and temporary offices.

"This is a great location for us, showing the centrality of photon science at SLAC," added PULSE Director Phil Bucksbaum. "A lot of people have helped us get here, including the whole Photon Science division, the Facilities Department and specifically the three project managers David Rich, Jo Beth Folger and David Saenz."  Read more...

Tomorrow is Juneteenth!

Don't forget—tomorrow is SLAC's 20th annual Juneteenth Celebration! Come out and enjoy the festivities, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of Building 41. There will be plenty of food, entertainment, vendors and even a raffle. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased in advance or at the event. For more details, see the full announcement.

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WIS Seminar Next Week:
Easy on the Eyes

Working at the computer without breaks strains the eyes, face and body and can cause visual trouble, according to therapist Meir Schneider. Symptoms include eyestrain, general fatigue, headache, neck and shoulder pain, dry eyes and difficulty  focusing. Schneider recommends relaxing the eyes, vision exercises, increasing circulation and learning how to use your eyes in a healthy way to create lasting improvement in your eyesight.

In next Wednesday's lunchtime seminar, Schneider and his colleague Melissa Moody will discuss healing approaches and provide tips to avoid and eliminate computer eye strain. Meir Schneider is an educator, author, therapist and founder of the School for Self-Healing in San Francisco. Moody is the school's director of education and development. She suffered a terrible truck accident, and after years of surgery and healing now works to help others suffering from physical and visual challenges.

The seminar will take place June 24 at noon in Panofsky auditorium, and is free and open to all.

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Recycling Tip of the Week:
Scrap Metal

Metals including wires and cables should never be placed in the trash at SLAC. Not only can SLAC send scrap metals off for recycling and receive money back, but there may be radiological screening and hold restrictions on metals coming from certain areas. If you have metals that need recycling or possibly disposal, contact SLAC Property Control/Salvage Warehouse (x2329). Salvage staff can help to arrange for collection containers, proper separation methods and pickup of these or other salvageable items. See Disposal of Metals for more information and requirements for metals coming from a Radiological Area.


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