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Spot Awards Say 'Thanks' On-the-spot
Seminar Next Week: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming
Recycling Tip of the Week: Correction on "Confetti-Type" Shredded Paper

SLAC Today

Thursday - July 23, 2009

Spot Awards Say 'Thanks' On-the-spot

(Photo - Andrew Young and one of the boards)
Andrew Young holds one of a phase amplitude detector board. (Photo by Nicholas Bock.)

A few months back, Controls Department Engineer Andrew Young was presented with a unique problem: essential klystron components called phase amplitude detector boards were breaking down, and no one knew how to fix them. The boards, which are found in every klystron in the linac, had been designed at SLAC 25 years ago, but scant documentation was available and the accelerator maintenance team was running out of spares.

Young, working with his colleagues John Fox, Dave Anderson, John Dustko and Clive O’Conner, studied the boards and created a service manual that would help klystron technicians troubleshoot problems. Within a couple of weeks, the number of spares went from zero to 10, avoiding the need to replace the boards and making technicians even more proficient in working with the klystrons.

To give Young's accomplishment a touch of added recognition, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering head Ron Johnson gave him a Spot Award—a 10 dollar chip that can be exchanged for gift certificates to the Linear Café, Stanford Bookstore and Stanford Guesthouse gift shop.

"It's a very exciting thing to do when you can teach someone how to do something new," Young said. "And it's a nice thing to get an award saying you did a good job."  Read more...

Seminar Next Week:
Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming

(Photo - Chef Laura Stec and meteorologist Eugene Cordero)
Chef Laura Stec and meteorologist Eugene Cordero.

Bring a friend, bring your lunch, and take a bite... out of global warming! Next Wednesday at noon in Panofsky Auditorium, the Women's Interchange at SLAC presents Chef Laura Stec and Professor Eugene Cordero, authors of "Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming." Combining seemingly disparate professions, the two explore scientific, economic and gastronomic aspects of our individual and collective diets. According to Stec, choosing local, fresh food could not only combat global warming, it infuses you and your local economy with vitality. And Cordero's numbers indicate that changing one's diet can reduce carbon emissions as effectively as buying a new fuel-efficient car.

Stec is a San Francisco Bay Area chef and environmental advocate who enjoys teaching about the artistry, health and energetics of cooking. Cordero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Meteorology at San José State University. His research interests center on understanding the processes responsible for long-term changes in climate. Their presentation is free and open to all. For additional details, see the event flyer.

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Recycling Tip of the Week:
Correction on "Confetti-Type" Shredded Paper

In the June 11 issue of SLAC Today, the article on mixed paper recycling indicated that confetti-type shredded paper should be bagged and placed in the trash. Upon further discussions with the recycling company, the confetti-type shredded paper will be accepted in the mixed paper recycling containers if the material is bagged. The recycling company will sort the material when it reaches the facility to maximize the recycling value of the material. Our apologies for any inconvenience this caused.

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