Minutes (version 2) from the SLUO
Executive Board Interim Meeting 5 December 2003, 12:00 Noon.
Present from SLUO: Ray Cowan, Eduardo
do Coute e Silva, Gregory Dubois-Felsmann (phone), Berrie Giebels (phone), Yury
Kolomensky (phone), Olga Iakovleva, Eli Rosenberg (phone), Bruce Schumm,
Gabriella Sciolla, Eric Torrence (phone), Amanda Weinstein.
Apologies: Gautier Hamel de Monchenault, Krishna Kumar.
- Washington Trip
Gregory, chair of the Washington Trip
Subcommittee, reminded us that the Washington trip will again be fully
coordinated with the Fermilab UEC, and will take place during a mid-week period
in March (the date has not yet been finalized). There will be a joint UEC/SLUO
planning meeting, most likely Saturday January 31 at SLAC. This meeting will
probably incorporate separate as well as joint meetings of the UEC and SLUO. It
is also felt to be important to provide a tour and presentation of SLAC
initiatives to the UEC when they are here, time permitting. Gregory will contact
the UEC about their thoughts for the January 31 joint planning meeting, and then
the full subcommittee will work on a tentative agenda for the meeting. It is
also thought that there will be at least one phone meeting between SLUO and the
UEC before the January 31 meeting.
Ray, chair of the Outreach
Subcommittee, reported on the first public lecture planning meeting that the
Subcommittee held on November 17. It is likely that the first lecture will be
held in mid-February, with lectures approximately every two months thereafter.
Lecture sponsorship will alternate between SLAC HEP and SSRL. The first lecture
will likely be delivered by Neil Calder, and will be a general introduction to
SLAC and the particle physics done here. Suggestions for the second and third
HEP lectures were presentations on BaBar and the question of matter vs.
antimatter, and on connections between particle physics and astrophysics.
Discussion continued on the question
of training for public presentation of particle physics. The Communication
Department at Stanford will host a one-day workshop geared towards those
intending to participate in the Washington trip.
The SLUO EC also discussed the
possibility of beginning a Toastmasters- inspired activity in which SLAC
physicists would present trial talks amongst themselves that are geared towards
the general public. It was thought that it might be most compelling to do this
in the context of a list of organizations (high schools, seniors clubs our
roundtables) that would be interested
in lay-level talks on SLAC research and HEP. This will be explored further by
- Health Insurance Poll
Eduardo presented a preliminary look
at the results of the SLUO Health Insurance Poll, to which there were over 150
respondents, many of whom were faculty and senior researchers. There appears to
be a good deal of useful data in the survey, but the EC was unwilling to draw
any hard conclusions based on the analysis that had been done so far. The Users
Welfare Subcommittee will continue to process the data, and results should be
available for the next EC meeting in January.
- Extended Shuttle Service
Eduardo presented the results of a
poll of current Marguerite riders conducted by the manager of the SLAC Guest
House. This poll suggested substantial demand for extended service, particularly
between seven and ten on weekday nights. Eduardo has gotten a commitment from
the manager to allow the Guest House van (and driver) to act as a preliminary
after- hours shuttle, primarily to allow students and staff who work late to get
back to campus or to the CALTRAIN station (for liability reasons, the van is not
permitted to stop a destinations off SLAC property). Eduardo proposed daily
van trips at 7:30 starting next week, and then at 7:00 and 8:00 beginning in
January. A number of questions were raised, including the most efficient route
and drop-off points, the sign-up procedure, the size of the client pool, and
how the program would be promoted. Because of this, it was decided to delay
the program until January.
The meeting adjourned at 1:45 pm.
Secretary and Treasurer, SLUO