September 17, 2004


BABAR’s New Leadership: A Cosmic Coincidence

By Heather Rock Woods

Two reddish-haired Canadians are taking over BaBar.

David MacFarlane, on leave from UC San Diego, will become spokesperson the week of September 20, and Chris Hearty from the University of British Columbia is the new physics analysis coordinator.

“It’s a conspiracy,” Hearty joked.

“It’s just a cosmic coincidence,” MacFarlane said.

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2004 All Hands Safety and Security Briefing & Expo

By Doug Kreitz

Don’t miss the Annual Safety and Security Briefing. Three one-hour sessions will be held in Panofsky Auditorium at 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22.

Lab Director Jonathan Dorfan’s All Hands memo, dated September 15, describes the need for everyone in the SLAC community to attend the event, where speakers will discuss the importance of integrating safety and security into all aspects of our work.

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External Independent Review Completed for LCLS

By Davide Castelvecchi

The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) passed a major test this summer, when a contractor hired by the DOE’s Office of Engineering and Construction Management (OECM) completed a review of the project’s estimated cost and completion time.

Due to start operations in 2009, the $315 million project will be SLAC’s largest development since the SLC—and the world first x-ray free electron laser.

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Healthful Opportunities Are Only Steps Away

By Shawne Neeper

Imagine a universe in which long hours of number-crunching and mighty feats of equation-wrangling could build sleek, powerful physiques with strong, steady heartbeats. The desk-bound lunch hour would count as extra gym time—causing many SLAC employees to rank among the ultra-fit. Happily, SLAC has the next-best thing: a variety of healthy activities within easy reach of your office.

“We really do offer a lot,” said physician’s assistant and personal trainer Raylene Blandino (SHA). “People just don’t take advantage of it.”

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Last update Wednesday September 15, 2004 by Emily Ball