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SLAC's "Front Door" Gets First Green Light
50 Years Ago: Contest to Rename Project M
New Funds Transfer Process

SLAC Today

Tuesday - August 31, 2010

SLAC's "Front Door" Gets First Green Light

One possible design of the SUSB.
(Image courtesy ZGF Architects.)

Late last week, the Department of Energy approved CD-0 for the Science and User Support Building, a new SLAC building to be constructed where the Panofsky Auditorium and the Linear CafĂ© now stand. The CD-0 designation initiates the project; the conceptual design—a high-level layout of the building—will now be developed.

"I was thrilled to get this news," said SLAC Director Persis Drell. "The Science and User Support Building will help create a centralized campus that supports the laboratory's varied scientific research and our expanding user community."

SLAC Site Office Deputy Director Hanley Lee, who will serve as the DOE federal project director for construction of the building, said: "This is exciting news for the laboratory. It will create a 'front door' for SLAC to showcase the laboratory's changing mission to photon science."

The 60,000 to 65,000-square-foot building will be the first stop for all visitors and users to SLAC, and will bring together many of the laboratory's visitor, user and administrative services. This, Drell said, is especially important now, with the number of visitors and users at the laboratory steadily increasing due to the success of the Linac Coherent Light Source, its planned expansion with LCLS-II, new instruments at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, and future plans related to accelerator research.

The Science and User Support Building will also include state-of-the-art auditorium and conference space; a modern, multimedia visitor's center where members of the public can experience SLAC science; a new cafeteria; and the office space needed to centralize SLAC administration. Construction could begin as soon as fiscal year 2013.

50 Years Ago:
Contest to Rename Project M

(Image - news article about the contest)
Several laboratory name suggestions, some serious, some less so, published in SLAC Beam Line in 1975. (Image courtesy Jean Deken, SLAC Archives and History Office.)

Long before the laboratory up the hill from Stanford University earned the name SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, even before it was the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, it was affectionately known as Project M. The name was hatched in the early 1950s with some of the earliest plans to build a two-mile-long linear accelerator, and stuck until the late 1950s when those plans were becoming a reality. By then, the group of masterminds behind this revolutionary project, lead by Wolfgang "Pief" Panofsky, decided it was time to let go of the Project M name and come up with an official title for the new facility. One of those masterminds was William "Bill" Kirk. Besides working at the right hand of three consecutive SLAC directors, Kirk helped archive a great deal of information about SLAC's history, and was at one time the editor of the since-renamed employee newsletter Beam Line. (Not to be confused with Beam Line the scientific quarterly.) According to an article that Kirk published in Beam Line in 1975, it was 50 years ago this month that the group held a contest to find a name for the new laboratory (see news clipping above). Needless to say, there were a few suggestions that didn't make it to the final round.

It wasn't until December of 1961 that the laboratory was officially dubbed the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, announced to the laboratory by former Associate Director Robert Moulton, Jr.

(Image - memo announcing Project M's new name)
The naming contest that led SLAC to be called the "Stanford Linear Accelerator Center" was held in August 1960, and the lab name was officially changed by the Board of Trustees on December 26, 1961. In this memo, Robert Moulton, Jr. announces the new name. (Click on image to see the full memo. Image courtesy Jean Deken, SLAC Archives and History Office.)

More information is available in a collection of Stanford Daily articles about the early progress of Project M, and Robert Moulton's personal essay on the early days of Project M and SLAC.

New Funds Transfer Process

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer is pleased to announce an enhancement to the "Funds-In" process at SLAC. "Funds-In" refers to the process of moving funds to SLAC as payment for a variety of activities and services. These include movement of funds from the Stanford University Office of Sponsored Research; payments for small service jobs completed for Stanford University, other educational institutions or non-Department of Energy entities; and payments for small service jobs or professional services (including memorandum purchase orders, or MPOs) completed for other DOE labs. Read more...

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