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SAFE2010: Supporting and Securing SLAC
Seen around SLAC: Fossil Bird

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Monday - June 28, 2010

SAFE2010: Supporting and Securing SLAC

(Photo by Brad Plummer; poster by SLAC InfoMedia Solutions.)

SLAC's Security team is on site and on duty 24/7—days, nights and weekends— to make sure that the lab is safe and secure. Security staff control site access and field incoming requests that range from visitor questions to 911 emergencies.

"SLAC officers are very familiar with the site and can be dispatched at any time for any incident," said SLAC Security Manager Simon Ovrahim. "Every call is different and unique, and they are always there to assist the SLAC community. We work closely with every department at SLAC when it comes to security and safety."

Anyone calling the SLAC Incident Notification System (x5555) is connected to the Security team at SLAC's Main Gate. The officers dispatch patrol officers and notify key responders, including the facilities manager designee and fire marshal, and escort any off-site emergency responders to the location of the incident. Since the implementation of the notification systems, SLAC security has responded to calls ranging from medical emergencies, hazardous materials concerns and wildfires on site.

In addition to emergency readiness, the security team juggles a range of day-to-day responsibilities: ushering traffic through the main gate, checking in visitors for public lectures and tours, managing staff badges and more. Dealing with traffic around the main gate may be one of the trickiest responsibilities of the Security team—nearly 1800 cars, 100 cyclists and 100 pedestrians enter SLAC every day. At the same time, security officers direct all visitors, which can be anywhere from 25 to 50 people each day, to their destinations. Security staff also, among other duties, handle after-hours deliveries, and even deal with cleanup from storms and spills.  Read more...

This fossil was mounted on a custom-engineered rig for scanning at SSRL's Beamline 6-2.(Photo by Melinda Lee.)

Seen around SLAC: Fossil Bird

Last week, University of Manchester researchers including geochemist Roy Wogelius and paleontologist Phil Manning set up an experiment to scan a 120 million year-old primitive bird at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, in collaboration with SLAC physicist Uwe Bergmann. The fossil was mounted on a custom-engineered rig at SSRL's Beamline 6-2 for scans in search of biological residues. The research builds on recent work undertaken on the dino-bird Archaeopteryx using the same beamline.

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