February 4, 2005


Electrical Safety Tip #1: Use Power Strips Safely

Can a coffee pot be plugged into a power strip?

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First GLAST Tracker Arrives at SLAC

By Matthew Early Wright

The Gamma Ray Large Area Telescope (GLAST) satellite project is celebrating a milestone. The first tracker module, built in Italy at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), arrived at SLAC on Friday, January 14, and is doing very well indeed.

The tracker is one of 16 such modules that constitute the main array of the satellite, and it will eventually help address many of the major unanswered questions in astrophysics, particle physics and cosmology.

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LCLS Collaboration Revs Up

By Heather Rock Woods

The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) collaboration met in January to focus on beginning to build the world’s first X-ray free electron laser.

More than 50 people from SLAC and collaborating institutions (Argonne, LLNL and UCLA) reviewed the design of the machine’s major systems.

“It’s our last pass over the design before we start spending money,” said LCLS Director John Galayda.

The project recently received a major funding boost to $54 million for fiscal year 2005 from a Congressional budget appropriation.

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Linear Café Comes to SLAC

By Linda DuShane White

The Linear Café recently replaced the SLAC Cafeteria and is a work in progress. Along with a new name and management comes a new look and hours. Returning customers see the ambiance evolve with new carpeting and décor, changes to the serving areas and seemingly more space in the dining hall.

“Everyone’s been really kind and helpful,” said Epicurean Group Proprietor Mary Carter Bartlett. “We’re learning every day. We listen to clients and then customize what we do. It’s exciting,” Bartlett says.

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SPEAR Accelerator Restarts Operations

By Eduardo Guerra and Jeff Corbett

SSRL’s SPEAR3 facility has restarted operations after completing its restart validation process and receiving approval to resume operations by the SLAC Director in consultation with the DOE.

“The safe and smooth restart of SPEAR was possible due to the extraordinary effort by SSRL staff and the tremendous support SSRL received from the other SLAC divisions throughout this process and the efforts by all the staff to implement and follow safety protocols,” said SSRL Associate Director Keith Hodgson.

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Last update Wednesday February 16, 2005 by Emily Ball