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In this issue:
From the Director: Communication in Uncertain Times
Reminder: All-hands Meetings Today
Lifelong Learning and Career Development
Word of the Week: Angstrom

SLAC Today

Friday - March 4, 2011

From the Director:
Communication in Uncertain Times

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(Photo by Harvey Lynch.)

Today I will be holding All Hands sessions in Panofsky Auditorium to update you on what we know and don't know about our budget going forward. I will discuss potential impacts of budget cuts, and mostly will strive to answer your questions as best I can.

There will be questions I cannot answer today, but when I can answer them, I will. When I know our budget and how it is being allocated, you will hear about the impacts from me. I will not keep news from you, good or bad. That is a promise.

As you know, I've been spending a lot of time in Washington D.C. with my fellow laboratory directors in recent weeks, talking to lawmakers and staffers about what we do at the national laboratories and why we are so important to the future of the country. That is my most important job now and I am doing it with all the energy I possess. I have enjoyed working with the lab directors at the other multi-program labs; we share a common purpose and recognize that we are fighting for the health of the overall Office of Science, the largest supporter of research in the physical sciences in the United States.

While I am doing my job, I ask that you continue to do yours as well as you always have, delivering spectacular science and moving the laboratory forward.

Reminder: All-hands Meetings Today

As discussed in the director's column above, three all-hands meetings will take place today in Panofsky Auditorium, and also be broadcast live in Kavli Auditorium.

  • Last name A - G attend session I - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Last name H - P attend session II - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Last name Q - Z attend session III- 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If you work the owl shift, please feel free to attend any session that works with your schedule.

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(Photo by Eric Chan.)

Lifelong Learning and Career Development

Wellness involves much more than caring for your body. The brain also needs to be nurtured. Allison Hecimovich and Valerie Beeman of Stanford's Learning and Organizational Effectiveness talked with BeWell about intellectual wellness opportunities and career development at Stanford.

Read more from Stanford BeWell...

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Word of the Week: Angstrom

An angstrom is a tiny unit of measure equivalent to 10-10 meters, or about the average distance between individual atoms. It's used internationally to describe the lengths of chemical bonds and wavelengths of light, such as X-rays. The Linac Coherent Light Source produces "hard" X-rays with wavelengths of mere angstroms, giving it the power to make images of objects approaching the atomic scale.

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