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Recovery Act Funds Accelerate LCLS Instruments
Low Temperature Detector Workshop Comes to SLAC July 20
Recycling Tip of the Week: Batteries

SLAC Today

Thursday - July 9, 2009

Recovery Act Funds Accelerate LCLS Instruments

The Far Experimental Hall will house two of the LCLS instruments whose development has been accelerated by ARRA funds. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

The first portion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding allocated to SLAC includes funds to accelerate the design and construction of three Linac Coherent Light Source instruments: the X-ray Pump Probe, the Coherent X-ray Imaging and the X-ray Correlation Spectroscopy instruments.

The LCLS Ultrafast Science Instruments project, or LUSI, which is building the instruments, has received $33.6 million in Recovery Act Funding this year to complete the instruments sooner than previously planned.

"This money means that we can ramp up our schedule, purchasing parts and materials earlier than expected," said LUSI Project Manager Tom Fornek. "This way we pump money into the economy quicker."  Read more...

Low Temperature Detector Workshop Comes to SLAC July 20

The 13th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors will be held at SLAC July 20–24. This workshop is the thirteenth in a series that brings together scientists from all over the world every two years to present the latest results and new ideas in the development of cryogenic radiation and particle detectors. In addition, presentations include the application of these new technologies in fields ranging from particle physics and astrophysics to biology and medicine.

The LTD-13 workshop is co-sponsored by the Department of Physics at Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. For details and registration, see the LTD-13 Web site.

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Recycling Tip of the Week:

All spent and waste batteries must be properly managed. Many can be recycled; others must be disposed of as hazardous waste.

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Batteries used in items such as flashlights, calculators, pagers and cameras usually contain lithium, nickel-cadmium, carbon-zinc, silver-oxide or mercury-oxide. These consumer use batteries must never be put in the trash. They should be placed in a battery collection container. (Note: Leaking, corroded or damaged batteries should not be placed into the containers, contact the Waste Management department for disposal.)

To find an established battery collection station (or to establish a station near a particular work area), contact Waste Management or your building manager.

Batteries such as those used in cars, forklifts, electric carts and emergency power supplies are of the lead-acid type, which must be recycled. SLAC Fleet Services Group handles storage and shipment for off-site recycling. For detailed information, see Hazardous Waste: Fleet Services Handling Requirements for Used Automotive-type Lead-acid Batteries (pdf, 48 KB).

Please direct questions on SLAC's recycling program to Micki DeCamara (x2348).


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