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Drive Safe, Drive Smart, Buckle Up
SLAC Public Lecture January 26 to Feature First LCLS Results

SLAC Today

Monday - January 11, 2010

Drive Safe, Drive Smart, Buckle Up

(Photo - cars stopped for pedestrians at a crosswalk)
 Loop Road.
(Photo by Simon Ovrahim.)

"Drive Safe, Drive Smart, Buckle Up" is the slogan for SLAC Traffic Safety Month—January, 2010. The Traffic Safety Month campaign includes SLAC Today articles, videos and more highlighting the safe operation of vehicles on lab streets, parking lots and industrial areas, as well as bicycle and pedestrian safety.

The campaign focuses on the following topics:

  • Preventing and reducing accidents with government (GSA) and private vehicles
  • Tips on specific traffic safety issues at SLAC
  • Promoting the use of seatbelts
  • Familiarizing the SLAC community with safety Chapter 13, Traffic and Vehicular Safety

You may have already noticed safety banners at different locations on site and table tents in the Linear Café. Also, throughout the month, SLAC Today will feature links to a three-part video series focusing on vehicle safety awareness and tips. In addition, watch for a short quiz on traffic safety in SLAC Today later this month; complete it to receive a coupon for free coffee at the SLAC Café.

In December, SLAC Facilities staff started to update all road signs and markings on the road surface, and will continue until all areas with signage at SLAC are completed. Meanwhile, the Security Department has placed signs on all pedestrian crosswalks on campus to improve their visibility to drivers. SLAC security officers are continuing to monitor traffic to promote safe travel at SLAC.

ES&H Chapter 13, Traffic and Vehicular Safety, was recently updated to address needed improvements and accountability. All in the SLAC community are encouraged to review this chapter. 

Just as it is on city streets, driving at SLAC is a privilege and safe use of vehicles is a responsibility of all employees, users, contractors and visitors.

(Photo - SLAC linear accelerator building)
(Image by Peter Ginter.)

SLAC Public Lecture January 26 to Feature First LCLS Results

In 2009, SLAC unveiled the world's first hard X-ray laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source. This machine produces pulses of X-rays that are ten billion times brighter than those from conventional sources. One of the goals of this machine is to make movies of chemical reactions, including many necessary for life and others that might power new energy technologies.

Tuesday, January 26, researcher James Cryan of the PULSE Institute for Ultrafast Energy Science will present a SLAC Public Lecture, "Molecules in the Spotlight." Cryan will show the first results from the LCLS and its first target, nitrogen gas—the main component of the air we breathe. Using the unprecedented power of the LCLS X-rays as a blasting torch, researchers have created new forms of this molecule with unique electron arrangements. Come share the first insights from this new technology. The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, is free and open to all.

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