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From the Director of the Accelerator Directorate: The Premier Electron Accelerator Laboratory
Holiday Party Survey Ends Today
Science Bowl 2011 Needs You!

SLAC Today

Friday - January 28, 2011

From the Director of the Accelerator Directorate: The Premier Electron Accelerator Laboratory

(Photo - Norbert Holtkamp)

"The premier electron accelerator laboratory." This title is not only part of the mission statement of SLAC, it is what I have so far observed every day at work. I enjoy the eight o'clock meetings in the Main Control Center when the accelerator people talk about the last 24 hours and the plans for the week. This is then followed by the Linac Coherent Light Source users presenting and explaining the data taken. After 15 minutes everybody who comes knows the important facts and right afterwards the people in the Accelerator Directorate, a well-functioning organization, make sure that the SLAC linac continues to deliver beam to this LCLS with operational flexibility that is unprecedented in the world.

Almost like using a menu, the different experimental user groups can order the type of photons they want. This photon energy, that pulse length, so many millijoules… and it will be served! It was one of my goals for my first 100 days at SLAC to visit and talk to the people who operate and maintain the LCLS and the SPEAR 3 storage ring, to see the people who are building FACET (the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests), who run the experimental programs at the Next Linear Collider Test Accelerator, who produce klystrons or manufacture and install vacuum components, as well as those who manage projects and start the new ones, like LCLS II. I want to understand the enormous capabilities and breadth of activities that are under the umbrella of the Accelerator Directorate and how they work. Not that I am finished, but with everybody welcoming me into their particular areas, I actually have seen a lot.  Read more...

Holiday Party Survey Ends Today

Reminder: if you haven't put in your $0.02 about what you like, don't like, and hope to see for future SLAC holiday parties, today's the day! The holiday party survey ends at the close of business today, so please be sure to give your input.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Mastrokyriakos or Lori Pirri.

(Photo - 2010 regional Science Bowl winners, Palo Alto High School)
The 2010 winning team, from Palo Alto High School. (Photo by Ray Ng.)

Science Bowl 2011 Needs You!

On Saturday, February 26, SLAC will host the Annual Regional Department of Energy Science Bowl. Twenty high school teams will compete for the chance to go to Washington, D.C., for the National Science Bowl competition. To help out, you do not need a science background—just enthusiasm for helping these students have a great experience and an interest in watching some of the finest young minds at work! You can see videos of the moderator, scorekeeper and timekeeper roles at the Science Bowl volunteers page.

Go to Sign Up Genius to register as a moderator, scorekeeper, timekeeper, runner, general assistant, tour guide or photographer. All volunteers receive breakfast, lunch and a Science Bowl T-Shirt! Contact Pat Kreitz (x4385) if you have any questions.

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