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SLAC Subcouncils Facilitate Two-way Conversation
Keeping Safe in Mountain Lion Country

SLAC Today

Tuesday - February 8, 2011

SLAC Subcouncils Facilitate Two-way Conversation

In January, the SLAC Facilities Subcouncil welcomed Craig Burkhart, head of the Power Conversion Department in the Accelerator Directorate, as its new chair. He succeeds prior chair Craig Ferguson, who is stepping down to focus on his new role as Director of the Office of Planning and Assessment. As chair, Burkhart will work closely with Director of Facilities Matt Wrona as the division sets agenda and priorities.

"Under the stewardship of Craig Ferguson and Matt Wrona, the Facilities Subcouncil has evolved into an effective body," Burkhart said. "Therefore, I will strive for continuity, endeavoring to lead the Subcouncil in its established role of liaison between the Facilities Department and the lab it serves." Prior to his new role, Burkhart represented the Accelerator Directorate on the Environment, Safety and Health Subcouncil for two years.

Subcouncils serve as advisory committees for each of the divisions within the Operations Directorate (the Office of the Chief Finance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, ES&H, Facilities, Human Resources, Procurement and Communications) and help foster two-way communication between Operations and the rest of the lab. Each subcouncil has a chairperson along with members from each of the other five directorates.  Read more...

Click for a brochure on mountain lion safety from the California Department of Fish and Game.

Keeping Safe in Mountain Lion Country

Recent mountain lion activity around Woodside and Stanford offers a reminder that the foothills are the natural territory of these big cats, also known as pumas or cougars. Wildlife experts note that mountain lions generally avoid people, and recommend a few basic precautions to help prevent any issues:

  • Mountain lions are most active around dusk and dawn. If arriving to work early or leaving late, especially when it’s dark, walk on well-lit pathways as much as possible. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid using cell phones or other distractions. Walk with a co-worker, if possible.
  • If you do spot a mountain lion, do not approach it, and do not run away. Stand tall and face the animal. Extend your arms to appear bigger, and make noise.
  • Attacks are rare, but if it does happen, fight back with whatever is available.

Read more about staying safe in mountain lion country from the California Department of Fish and Game.




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