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Electronic Time and Effort Entry Coming Soon
Volunteers Needed for Commencement Tours
Colloquium Today: The North Korean Nuclear Puzzle

SLAC Today

Monday - April 18, 2011

Electronic Time and Effort Entry
Coming Soon

Have you ever wondered why it is that SLAC does cutting edge physics research, yet we still use a pen and paper for recording our time and effort? Well, wonder no more; we'll be moving to an electronic system later this summer!

The change was originally anticipated for spring 2011, but the engagement of our vendor for this new type of service was a bit complicated. We are now making good progress, thanks to the focused efforts of the vendor, our core team from the Office of the Chief Finance Officer, Human Resources Department and Business IT, and the assistance of our extended business team, or EBT*. Our new web-based system will be tested by users in May, then rolled out to a pilot group in June and the whole lab in August this year. The new system, created by WorkForce Software, will offer an online form to enter time or effort for all SLAC employees who currently fill out a paper time/effort sheet. The system will improve managers' ability to review time or effort before posting and to make subsequent inquiries. It will be integrated with systems already in use at SLAC, including Windows and PeopleSoft, and will be quick and easy to use. It will dramatically cut down on administrative errors and inefficiencies. 

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Commencement tour buses make their way down the SLAC linac. (Image: Diana Rogers.)

Volunteers Needed for Commencement Tours

Each year, the friends and families of about 2,000 graduating Stanford students converge on Palo Alto for commencement ceremonies and celebrations. For nearly four decades, SLAC tours have been a part of their visits. This year's commencement tours take place on Saturday, June 11. The Communications Office is once again looking for volunteers to lead informal tours.

"This tour is so popular, parents coming from around the world to their student's graduation start in January to call and e-mail asking how to sign up," said Pat Kreitz, event coordinator. "We need both tour guides and logistics volunteers to help us introduce these visitors to SLAC and our science."

Two informational meetings for people who may be interested in volunteering will be held in the Sierra Room, Building 40, on Thursday, May 5 from noon to 1 p.m. and again on Wednesday, May 18, 12:30–1:30 p.m. Please attend one of these meetings or contact Pat Kreitz.

Colloquium Today:
The North Korean Nuclear Puzzle

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Today at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, co-director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation and former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory Siegfried Hecker will present "The North Korean Nuclear Puzzle."

Hecker's seventh trip to North Korea in seven years revealed a big surprise—North Korea was to build its own light-water reactor and uranium enrichment facility. During his first visit he was shown plutonium produced in the country's Yongbyon nuclear complex to convince him they had the bomb. For more than 30 years, Pyongyang has moved along parallel paths of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, opting for bombs over electricity. Hecker will discuss how North Korea got the bomb, why it got it, and the prospects for it ever giving it up. Finally, he will demonstrate with photos and stories how North Korea is not such a hermit kingdom after all.

Hecker is also a Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Professor (Research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford. He served as director at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986–1997 and senior fellow until July 2005. He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in metallurgy from Case Western Reserve University. His current professional interests include plutonium research, cooperative nuclear threat reduction with the Russian nuclear complex, and global nonproliferation and counterterrorism. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of numerous professional societies and recently received the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award.

The talk is free and open to all.

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