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New CIO to Lead SLAC Computing
Building 280 Takes Some New Steps Up
Wanted: Your Input for SLAC Medical Department Survey
Recycling Tip of the Week: Light Bulbs

SLAC Today

Thursday - July 30, 2009

New CIO to Lead SLAC Computing

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SLAC Director of Computing and CIO Don Lemma. (Photo courtesy of Don Lemma.)

This week SLAC welcomes Don Lemma as the lab's new director of computing and chief information officer, responsible for the new Computing Division and Office of the CIO—formerly Scientific Computing and Computing Services. Lemma joined the lab Tuesday, taking the reins from interim SCCS Director Steffen Luitz.

"Steffen Luitz deserves heartfelt thanks and professional gratitude for the role he has served as interim SCCS Director," said SLAC Chief Operations Officer Alexander Merola during an SCCS all-hands meeting to welcome Lemma, Tuesday in Panofsky Auditorium.

Lemma brings to SLAC more than two decades' experience in executive-level information management, including responsibility for large-scale computing systems at the genomics-focused Applied Biosystems Group, pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough, semiconductor manufacturer Applied Materials as well as the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. Lemma completed his Master of Public Administration at Rutgers University and doctorate in computer information systems from Nova Southeastern University, focusing his thesis work in public key encryption.  Read more...

Building 280 Takes Some New Steps Up

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(From left to right) SLAC carpenters Michael Hughes, Ryan Kuhn, Aries Hughley, David Toews, Aidan Metzger and Brent Johnson. (Photo by Nicholas Bock.)

Employees working in SLAC's Building 280 were stair-struck Tuesday morning, celebrating the completion of work on a new stairway serving the building's second-floor offices. They marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony, with SLAC carpenter Michael Hughes cutting the ribbon. Hughes had worked on the project with fellow carpenters Aries Hughley, Brent Johnson, Ryan Kuhn, Aidan Metzger and David Toews. Aidan Metzger is the carpenter supervisor.

It's a big change for Building 280 residents, who had gone without stairs at the south end of the building for nearly a year.

"Aidan Metzger and his team of carpenters did a great job on the stairs," building manager Regina Matter said. "These stairs are solid and sturdy and will last forever."

Wanted: Your Input for SLAC Medical Department Survey

The SLAC Medical Department is very much interested in employee opinion about the quality of our services. Medical Department staff have put together a quick online evaluation and would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes of your time to complete it. The survey is completely anonymous. However, at the end of the survey, if you'd like to provide your name, you'll be included in a random drawing for one of five medical travel kits. This survey will run until Friday, August 7. Thanks for providing your input.

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Recycling Tip of the Week:
Light Bulbs

Many types of light bulbs, also referred to as "lamps," contain mercury, including but not limited to fluorescent tubes and lamps including compact fluorescents, metal halide lamps, high pressure sodium lamps, mercury vapor lamps, and some neon lamps. It is illegal to dispose of mercury-containing lamps in the trash. SLAC's Waste Management Group collects all spent lamps including halogen and incandescent (which do not contain mercury) and arranges to have these materials recycled.

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At home, take florescent lamps and other mercury containing lamps to your local hazardous waste collection event or use Earth 911 to find an authorized take back location close to your home. For more information about cleaning up a mercury spill from a mercury containing bulb in your home, visit the Environmental Protection Agency Web page on Spills, Disposal and Site Cleanup.

For questions on SLAC's hazardous waste management program, contact Yolanda Pilastro (x3586).

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