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In this issue:
SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting Wraps Up Today
LSST: Next-gen Dark Energy Telescope Might Deliver Images in Real Time
Mark Your Calendars: All-Hands Safety and Security Briefing Thursday, October 29
WIS Seminar Next Week: New Ways of Assessing Student Learning

SLAC Today

Wednesday - October 21, 2009

SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting Wraps Up Today

Attendees listen to introductory talks during Monday's first plenary session. (Photo by Lauren Knoche.)

The SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting and Workshops are finishing up today following three full days of presentations. More than 250 participants from around the world attended the meeting, which updated users on facility capabilities and performance at SLAC, highlighting 35 years of fantastic research at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, the start of user science at Linac Coherent Light Source and the importance of user safety while using SLAC X-ray facilities.

"The SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting and Workshops is a way to get users to come together and talk about what they are doing," said SLAC physicist Sebastien Boutet, one of the program chairs for the event.

The event launched with a pre-meeting symposium on Sunday, October 18, Advances in Lightsource Science–Past, Present and Future, in honor of SLAC and Stanford physicist Sebastian Doniach, who served as the founding director of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. Thirty-five years later, SSRL continues to produce fantastic results.

"2009 has been a great year for SSRL," SSRL Acting Director Piero Pianetta said. "Our uptime was 99%, better than ever before in SSRL history." In addition, Pianetta discussed excellent user satisfaction at SSRL and new upgrades in the beamlines that will allow SSRL to run at higher intensities as the year progresses.  Read more...

Mark Your Calendars: All-Hands Safety and Security Briefing Thursday, October 29

The 2005 SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Safety and Security Briefing. (Photo by Diana Rogers. Click for larger image.)

Everyone in the SLAC community is asked to attend the Annual Safety and Security Briefing on October 29. At the briefing, SLAC Director Persis Drell and Department of Energy Site Office Manager Paul Golan will give the opening presentations. They will be followed by several speakers who will discuss the importance of integrating safety and security into all aspects of both our work at SLAC and our personal lives.

Four 70-minute sessions will take place in SLAC's Panofsky Auditorium. Please use the schedule below as a guide to determine which session you should attend. Managing attendance alphabetically helps avoid overfilling the auditorium at any one session:

8:30–9:45 a.m., last names starting A–F
10:30–11:45 a.m., last names starting G–L
1:30–2:45 p.m., last names starting M–R
3:30–4:45 p.m., last names starting S–Z

There will be free SLAC flashlights, calendars, pens and other giveaways for those who attend. Supervisors are expected to make the necessary accommodations so their staff may attend one of these sessions.

Exposition tables will be set up in the auditorium lobby and breezeway throughout the day. Subject matter experts will be manning the expo tables to provide information and answer questions.

If you have questions about this upcoming event, please contact Terry McMahon at (x3465) or Brian Sherin (x5082).

WIS Seminar Next Week:
New Ways of Assessing Student Learning

Next Wednesday, the Women's Interchange at SLAC will host a noontime seminar by educator Susan Schultz, previously SLAC's Education Officer and now a member of the Department of Education at Stanford University. In her talk, "New Ways of Assessing Student Learning: Lessons from a Statewide Pilot Project in Ohio," Schultz will discuss the nationwide focus on accountability and the need to develop reliable performance assessments to measure students’ learning. Based on initial development work with Envision Schools in San Francisco, she will share an exciting pilot project she has been collaborating on with the Ohio Department of Education and exemplary science teachers from across that state. Project goals are to improve the learning process, increase student achievement and design reliable assessments to measure achievement in science learning.

Schultz is currently the associate director for Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the Stanford School of Education's School Redesign Network. She also teaches and mentors science teachers in the Stanford Teacher Education Program. Schultz taught science at Menlo Atherton High School for ten years before earning her doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Science Education at Stanford.

The seminar will take place on October 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, and is free and open to all.

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