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In this issue:
From the Acting Director of the Accelerator Directorate:
Form Follows Function; Staffing Follows Form
A Dark Matter Simulation: Drill Puts SLAC Emergency Response to the Test
Wednesday's Picket Line
Monday's Tour Program Meeting Postponed

SLAC Today

Friday - August 28, 2009

From the Acting Director of the Accelerator Directorate: Form Follows Function; Staffing Follows Form

(Photo - Dale Knutson)

SLAC's new Accelerator Directorate has been created to continue and build on the lab's strong history of excellence in accelerator operations and research. The successful commissioning of the Linac Coherent Light Source, record-breaking performance of PEP-II, outstanding beam delivery and successful top-off injection at SPEAR3, and ongoing, cutting-edge accelerator R&D set the stage for this new directorate. The highly effective technical capabilities underlying these achievements are critical for the lab's future, and our mission to advance SLAC as a world leader in accelerator science.

The new directorate is organized to focus and optimize the lab's accelerator core competencies, while forming a closer tie between accelerator research and operations. It will enable greater consistency in how we approach accelerator operations across the lab, and help ensure optimal support of SLAC science long-term, in a sustainable fashion. 

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A Dark Matter Simulation: Drill Puts SLAC Emergency Response to the Test

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Local police approach the first "victim" in the drill. (Photo by Dellilah Sabba.)

Although everyone at SLAC hopes to avoid emergency situations, internal and external responders must be prepared for any potential event, from accident to fire or worse. Thursday's disaster exercise, dubbed "Dark Matter 2009," tested a broad complement of SLAC and local emergency response personnel and systems through a somber scenario of workplace violence.

"The exercise is designed to stress the system," said Brian Sherin, SLAC deputy director of Environment, Safety and Health and drill co-organizer. This test was designed to challenge the coordination between many branches of SLAC's emergency response resources.

Using participants from both within SLAC and external organizations, SLAC hosted a simulation that included approximately 140 participants and 18 "victims." At 9:50 a.m. the scenario began, with radio calls that a vehicle had failed to stop at the Alpine Gate, and was heading into the main part of the site. At 9:52 a.m., a SLAC security officer radioed that he had been shot in the Research Yard outside of End Station A. 

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Monday's Tour Program Meeting Postponed

The informational meeting for those interested in becoming SLAC tour guides, scheduled for Monday, has been canceled and will be rescheduled in the future. Please watch SLAC Today for updates.

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