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People: Bob Hettel's Teachers
Reminder: LCLS Video Yearbook Taping Today
Seen around SLAC: Pennies

SLAC Today

Wednesday - July 7, 2010

People: Bob Hettel's Teachers

(Photo - Bob Hettel)
 (Photo by Julie Karceski.)

Bob Hettel first visited SLAC on a high-school physics class field trip in 1966. As he and his classmates got off the bus at End Station A, SLAC's exuberant founding director "Pief" Panofsky was there to greet them and introduce them to the world of high-energy physics.

"That visit may have had more of an influence on my life than I imagined at the time," Hettel said.

Hettel is now the acting director for the Accelerator Directorate at SLAC. His days involve shaping the vision and strategy for the future of accelerator work at the lab as well as handling day-to-day personnel issues. "It's definitely a full spectrum job," he said. Hettel was deputy director before becoming acting director for the Accelerator Directorate. Previously, he represented the photon science program as Accelerator Division head at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.

Hettel also holds the title of distinguished staff scientist, a distinction recently awarded to him by SLAC Director Persis Drell.

"I am a bit flabbergasted and humbled with this appointment," he said, explaining that his contributions and somewhat unconventional career path do not much resemble those normally associated with such a title. "Virtually all of my publications are in accelerator and instrumentation conference proceedings, not Science or Nature," he said. Hettel acknowledges that his present position is the result of the guidance and collaboration from many colleagues from all walks of life at SLAC.

"My teachers have been the multi-talented engineers, technicians, scientists, admins, managers and directors of this lab over the last 40 years," he said.  Read more...

(LCLS Yearbook)

Reminder: LCLS Video Yearbook Taping Today

Don't forget to drop by the Panofsky Auditorium breezeway today between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to contribute your congratulations, remembrances, or just a friendly hello for the Linac Coherent Light Source video yearbook. The videologs will be featured at the August 16, 2010, celebration of the formal dedication of the LCLS. Please come by to share your thoughts and best wishes, and for coffee and snacks. Questions? Contact Melinda Lee (x8547) or Brad Plummer (x2282).

Only two "tails" short of all "heads," these pennies sit in the walkway leading to the Central Lab from the Annex. (Photo courtesy Richard Dubois.)

Seen around SLAC: Pennies

CDA? These 18 pennies, together with at least seven missing fellows, seem to be communicating a message. If you know what it is, or how these coins came to sit along the walkway leading to the Central Lab from the Annex, please drop us a line.

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