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SLAC Site Office Manager on Temporary Assignment at Oak Ridge

(Photo - Paul Golan's empty office chair)
Paul Golan's SLAC office may be empty and dark for much of the next six months but his bike helmet is a reassuring sign that he'll be back. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Paul Golan, SLAC's Department of Energy site office manager, starts a six-month stint Monday as acting manager at the DOE's Oak Ridge Office, which oversees the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the East Tennessee Technology Park and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Golan is stepping in following the retirement of current ORO manager Gerald Boyd. The assignment is scheduled to run through the end of September.

But SLAC won't be forgotten during this time—Golan will do double duty, coming back to SLAC one week a month as well as staying in contact with his SLAC team via regular teleconferences and frequent phone calls and e-mails. Deputy site office manager Hanley Lee will oversee day-to-day operations in Golan's absence, and should the need arise, Golan will be on the next plane to the Bay Area. He doesn't foresee that occurring, though.

"Between SLAC, Stanford and the SLAC Site Office, there's a good team in place," Golan said. "There shouldn't be any disruption."

Lee agrees. "We have a senior staff that is capable of covering everything," Lee said. "And Paul has kept us up to speed on what's going on at the lab."

The one downside? "My commute is going from riding my bike to flying," Golan said—about 40,000 miles in total, he figured. "But I'll have a bike there so I'll stay fit."

—Lori Ann White
SLAC Today, March 31, 2011