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From the Director of the Accelerator Directorate: So… Where are we going?
Reminder: Earth Day Celebration Today

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Friday - April 22, 2011

From the Director of the Accelerator Directorate: So… Where are we going?

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Accelerator operations, accelerator research and development and technology infrastructure have been the heartbeat of SLAC. They still are, and will be for quite some time. They allow the laboratory to do much of the science that has led to past successes, and with all the work being done for the Linac Coherent Light Source, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, Facility for Advanced aCcelerator Experimental Tests at SLAC, Next Linear Collider Test Facility, laser acceleration program and normal-conducting radio-frequency technology development, continuing success is almost certain.

In the Accelerator Directorate, there are many obvious things we have to do to fulfill the lab's mission of growing into the world's premier photon science laboratory. The path seems relatively straightforward; for example, we need to draw up an aggressive R&D plan that will continue to improve the LCLS, prepare for an even better LCLS II, and serve other national and international facilities operating free-electron lasers so that we all benefit from the experience and advancements in knowledge that we are rapidly acquiring. We want to do this research, and without question we will be funded to do it. 


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The website provides tips for energy efficiency in everything from lightbulbs to automobiles, in addition to information on rebates and tax credits.

Reminder: Earth Day Celebration Today

Come to the Panofsky Auditorium Breezeway today between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, with the Department of Energy's theme "Act Now: Together we can create a greener future."

At noon in Panofsky Auditorium, there will be a special presentation by General Electric on energy-efficient lighting, and a representative from PG&E will discuss PG&E's rebate programs.

In the Panofsky Breezeway, representatives from various industries and organizations will be on hand to promote green products and provide information on topics from native plants to LED lighting. You will also have the opportunity to check out the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Volt.

Don't forget to put your name in for the raffle of a new Diamondback hybrid bicycle on your way out!

See Environmental Tips and Energy Savers for other actions you can take now to celebrate Earth Day every day.




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