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SLAC Joins DOE Row at AAAS
Required Course for Drivers of SLAC Vehicles Now Online
Colloquium Today: Accelerator Science for the 21st Century

SLAC Today

Tuesday - February 22, 2011

SLAC Joins DOE Row at AAAS

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SLAC's booth on DOE Row.
(Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Washington, D.C.—Over the weekend, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory joined nine other Department of Energy Office of Science laboratories in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center exhibit hall in Washington D.C. for the 177th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The laboratories set up exhibit booths with giveaways, hands-on demonstrations and scientists answering questions. This is the first time that all of the Office of Science laboratories have set up exhibits at the AAAS meeting under the common banner of "DOE Row."

"We're very proud of the Office of Science, the fact that it supports nearly 25,000 people directly and another 25,000 roughly who come to the scientific user facilities at all of our labs, " said Patricia M. Dehmer, deputy director for Science Programs at the Office of Science. "All ten of [the Office of Science laboratories] are here at this meeting. And so we're very happy that the scientific community is able to come and walk through the exhibition and see everybody."  Read more...

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Required Course for Drivers of SLAC Vehicles Now Online

If you will need to drive a SLAC or government vehicle for work, you must complete the new vehicle stand-down training course. A video of this presentation is now posted in the Skillsoft training portal and this training can be completed online in approximately 30 minutes.

Last week the Facilities Division presented the new course—Driving SLAC Vehicles (ESH Course 155)—for all who routinely drive a SLAC/government vehicle. The course was provided during three "vehicle stand-down" sessions in Panokfsky Auditorium and was attended by approximately 600 people. All who attended and successfully passed the brief online exam were given credit and this course will be automatically added to their SLAC Training Assessment.

As noted in Sandy Merola's February 3 e-mail on behalf of all the associate laboratory directors, only staff who have completed this course will be allowed to drive SLAC-owned or GSA-leased vehicles. If you have staff members who need to complete this training, please assign it on their STAs. If you want your entire department or division to complete this training, please contact the ES&H training group and they can populate the STAs for you. Anyone who has not completed this course may not operate a SLAC or GSA vehicle.

As presented in the stand-down, additional hands-on training is being developed for drivers of limited visibility vehicles, GSA vehicles and carts. More information on these will be released next month. If you have questions, contact Terry McMahon (x3465) or Norm Bobczynski (x6292).

Colloquium Today:
Accelerator Science for the 21st Century

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Today at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, accelerator physicist Vladimir Litvinenko of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University will present a colloquium, "Accelerator Science for the 21st Century."

We live in an exciting time wherein many traditional acceleration methods are fast reaching their ultimate limits. Against this backdrop, several major breakthroughs in advanced accelerator R&D promise either a revolution in approach, or, at least, a radical change in direction. For accelerator science, this transformation could be as dramatic as was that from classical- to quantum-mechanics.

For this sea change to happen, accelerator physics and engineering must evolve to a new level to deal with phenomena straddling its present boundaries. Further, it will require training a new generation of accelerator scientists, giving them the skills and knowledge for handling the much more delicate, and likely virtual "nuts and bolts" of future accelerators.

Through the looking glass of our research and education programs at the Center for Accelerator Science and Education, a joint venture of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University, we will view and explore these challenges.

The colloquium is free and open to all.

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