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In this issue:
SLAC Welcomes New Director of the Accelerator Directorate
FEC Awardees Gather for Celebratory Luncheon
Reminder: Open Enrollment Ends Tonight
Loop Road Closure Starts Tomorrow
New SLAC Vehicles On-site
Seen around SLAC: Gourmet Geese

SLAC Today

Monday - November 15, 2010

SLAC Welcomes New Director of the Accelerator Directorate

(Photo - Norbert Holtkamp)
Director of the Accelerator Directorate, Norbert Holtkamp. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Today SLAC welcomes Norbert Holtkamp, new associate laboratory director, back to the U.S. and back to accelerator science after a four-year foray into fusion. As principal deputy director general of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER—an experimental fusion reactor under construction at Cadarache, France—Holtkamp was responsible for the technical management of one of the largest science projects in the world. Now, as incoming head of SLAC's Accelerator Directorate, he's returning to his roots.

"Accelerators, accelerator technology, high energy physics, photon science, accelerators as tools for science, direct applications—especially in high energy physics—it's my research area," Holtkamp said. "It interests me. I've contributed to it all my life and I'd like to contribute more."  Read more...

FEC Awardees Gather for Celebratory Luncheon

The team with their 2009 and 2010 bronze awards. From left: Larry Dardzinski, Dave Osugi, Micki De Camara with last year's award, Teri Church with this year's award, Persis Drell, Helen Nuckolls, Alan Kong and Sherrie Schaufele. Not pictured: Pamela Wright-Brunache, Leslie Normandin, Yolanda Pilastro. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Several members of the group credited with earning a bronze award for SLAC in the Federal Electronics Challenge gathered for a celebratory lunch last Tuesday. They shared stories of past hard work and hopes for SLAC's future environmental gains with SLAC Director Persis Drell and Deputy Director of Operations Mark Reichanadter.

Dave Osugi of the Department of Energy SLAC Site Office attended the GreenGov Symposium at which the award was presented, with Helen Nuckolls, head of the Environmental Protection Department within the Environment, Safety and Health Division. Osugi said that he saw first-hand that sustainability is not just a buzzword, but the way of the future for national laboratories of all stripes.

"It's amazing to see how much some of the other labs are doing to support the Department’s efforts toward meeting the sustainability goals," he said.

As this group demonstrates, SLAC is also on the path to a greener future.

Reminder: Open Enrollment Ends Tonight

Now's the time to make sure your Stanford/SLAC benefits are set up right: midnight tonight is the deadline to make changes to your health plan and other benefits.

If you don't make any changes during Open Enrollment, most coverage will stay the same. Exceptions: You won't be able to participate in the Health Care Spending Account or the Dependent Day Care Spending Account unless you re-enroll in those plans.

All benefits information is provided online. Visit Stanford Benefits to learn more.

When you are ready to enroll, go to the Stanford Benefits Web site and click the MyBENEFITS button. You have the option to logon using your SUNet ID and Password, or your University ID and Benefits PIN. Once you're logged on, follow the instructions to enroll.

Loop Road Closure Starts Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, November 16, the Facilities Department will start work on a piping project in front of Building 50 (the Computer Center). This work will require the closure of Loop Road in front of Building 50. The road will be closed just beyond Gate 17 traveling west and just beyond Building 207 (the Security Building) traveling east. Please follow all road closure and construction signs and allow yourself extra time in case this closure effects your path to your work location.

New SLAC Vehicles On-site

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One of the new SLAC electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy Ken Rubino.)

By now many of you may have seen an entourage of new SLAC vehicles, on site since the beginning of this month, a result of SLAC's commitment to begin retiring many of the aged electric carts and mopeds with new and improved road-compliant vehicles, including bicycles. To date, SLAC has replaced approximately 25 electric carts and 22 mopeds with more than 35 new electric low-speed vehicles. Many of the replaced vehicles were several years old, even decades old, and were ready for retirement. The replacement vehicles are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, safe and just plain fun to drive!  Read more...

(Photo - two Canada geese)
(Photo courtesy Paul Stiles.)

Seen around SLAC: Gourmet Geese

Paul Stiles of the Accelerator Engineering Power Conversion Department e-mailed in that SLAC is going to the birds.

"The new grass has a couple of admirers!" Stiles wrote of these two Canada geese, enjoying a snack of new grass on the SLAC Green near Building 40.

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