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From the Director: What You Told Us
Welcome New SLACers!
Science Bowl Call for Volunteers

SLAC Today

Friday - February 5, 2010

From the Director: What You Told Us

(Photo - Persis Drell)
(Photo by Harvey Lynch.)

In November, 722 of you on the site filled out a survey on the organizational culture at SLAC. This was part of the information gathering effort of "Team 2" and we in lab management expect their full report soon. When we have the report we will share it with you. However the survey itself contained a tremendous amount of valuable information that I want to share with you now, even in advance of the Team 2 recommendations.

I want to say from the onset that having 722 respondents was tremendous. It is striking how the strongest messages came uniformly from the staff of the laboratory, independent of directorate, job classification or length of employment at SLAC.

I also want to acknowledge up front that no survey tool is perfect, including this one. You made many comments that you were frustrated that the survey focused too much on safety and not on broader cultural issues and you were frustrated that you couldn't respond "does not apply" to some of the questions. However, despite some shortcomings, strong messages came through very clearly and I want to share those with you. In addition to my analysis here, I encourage you to look first hand at the full analysis.

I was thrilled to have more than 90 percent of the staff take ownership of their safety and the safety of their colleagues, as well as being clear that safety was more important than "getting the job done." Most responses showed that you trust your colleagues to work safely, you feel you get adequate training, and you feel that significant accidents are investigated and corrective actions taken. The lab has made a lot of progress in both our attitude toward safety and in our performance. This was extremely encouraging to hear.  Read more...

Welcome New SLACers!

Yesterday, SLAC welcomed 11 recent hires at New Employee Orientation.

(Photo by Barbara Hemstad.)

They are, from left:
Jeff Neilson
Wilfred Ghonsalves
Roger Boyer
Lori Zscherpel
DeAnna Ashorobi
Suresh Acharya
Robert Pierson
Timothy Hovanis
Laura Burns-Wood
Not pictured: Vinod Bharadwaj and Larry Dardzinski

Welcome to SLAC!

(Photo - Homestead High School Science Bowl 2009 team)
Last year's victors at SLAC, the Homestead High School Science Bowl team. (Photo by Lauren Schenkman.)

Science Bowl Call for Volunteers

The regional Department of Energy Science Bowl at SLAC is coming soon—Saturday, February 27. There are still a few spaces open for volunteers to act as moderators, judges, scorekeepers and timekeepers. Come help us show these bright local kids a fun time with competitive rounds of science questions and answers, as they compete for a spot at Nationals in Washington, DC. Volunteer training will be provided on February 18 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium. For more details, please contact Thanh Ly or Farah Rabhar.

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