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Earth Day at SLAC
WIS Seminar Today: Discover the Olympian in You
Seen around SLAC: A Gnome

SLAC Today

Wednesday - April 27, 2011

Earth Day at SLAC

 (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

This year's Earth Day celebration at SLAC was the lab's largest yet, with more than a dozen vendors, live presentations and a Chevy Volt parked outside the Panofsky breezeway for visitors to check out.

This was also the first year for energy-related presentations as part of the event. Representatives from PG&E and General Electric discussed topics including using smart electrical and natural gas meters, energy efficiency tips and incentives and efficient lighting technologies.

 (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

"People were really enthusiastic about what they saw today," said SLAC Energy Program Engineer Ted Schnipper, who organized the talks. "There were a lot of good questions." Schnipper said he hopes to expand the talks for next year. (For those interested in receiving the presentations, please contact Ted directly.)

"We've been putting on this event for the last four years and I still learn something new each time," said organizer Micki DeCamara of SLAC's Environmental Protection Department. "I hope we've been able to inspire others to apply a few green ideas at the office and home."

The event wrapped up with a bike raffle. Congratulations to SLAC employee Luis Perez, who took home grand prize, a Diamondback Insight hybrid bike.

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WIS Seminar Today:
Discover the Olympian in You

Today at noon in Panofsky Auditorium, the Women's Interchange at SLAC presents two-time Olympian and peak performance expert Marilyn King with "Discover the Olympian in You."

King competed in both the Munich (1972) and Montreal (1976) Olympics in the grueling five-event Pentathlon. Her 20-year athletic career includes five national titles and a world record. In 1979, an automobile accident rendered her unable to train physically for her third Olympic team. Using only mental training techniques she placed second at the Olympic trials for the 1980 Moscow Games. This extraordinary experience and the resulting research led to a 17-year career as an expert in the field of exceptional human performance. She is not just an inspiring speaker but she gives practical advice, so join us today for a thought provoking conversation on how to thrive, not just survive, in times of crisis, challenge and change. Everyone is welcome.

(Photo - where's the gnome?)
What gnome?
(Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Seen around SLAC:
A Gnome

Keep an eye out as you travel around SLAC, and you might catch a glimpse of an elusive gnome. The tight-lipped traveler was most recently spied keeping an eye on traffic from his vantage point in front of the guest parking lot, but he's also been seen across the street near the Kavli auditorium, as well as various other locations about the lab.

(Photo - where's the gnome?)
That gnome.
(Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Gnomes are a shy, retiring folk, and this gnome declined to comment. However, a friend of the gnome who spoke on condition of anonymity said his miniscule buddy merely wants to watch the comings and goings at the lab.

"A gnome's life is a lonely life," the friend said. "But when the gnome figures come out from the Gnomeo and Juliet movie, I'm going to get him a girlfriend."

Until then, when you see the gnome, smile and wave. He'll appreciate it.

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