Press Release: Stanford-DOE Contract Signed
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Date Issued: December 22, 1998
It's finally happened. After extensions and delays, hand wringing and anxiety, the contract between Stanford University and the Department of Energy was signed on December 18, 1998 in a ceremony in Burton Richter's office at SLAC.
Present for the Department of Energy were Jim Turner, manager of the DOE Oakland Operations Office; Marty Domagala, Deputy Manager; Jim Hirahara, Assistant Manager; Drayton Swartz, legal counsel; and John Muhlestein, manager of the SLAC Site Office. Also attending the ceremony were SLAC legal counsel Rachel Claus and Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro representative Deborah Zumwalt, as well as Jerry Jobe, head of SLAC's business services division. Geoff Grant, Associate Vice President for Research Administration represented Campus.
When Turner entered Richter's office, he presented Burt with a candy cane and the quip, "Oh, you were expecting a contract?" in reference to the lengthy proceedings which lead up to this day. Turner signed the Contract on behalf of the DOE. Mariann Byerwalter, Vice President of Business Affairs & CFO, signed for Stanford University
The four-inch binder contained 197 pages of the contract and appendices from A-U which took up another 200-odd pages. "But some of those are empty," said Drayton Swartz, "since SLAC doesn't need the section on Security." Major topics in the contract are performance objectives, administration, labor and socio-economic concerns, site management, safety, financial management, records management, and intellectual property.
Afterwards, Richter uncorked a bottle of bubbly which dated from 1992, the date of the first contract extension. (And yes, permission was requested and granted to serve alcohol.)
There were many jokes of regret that Richter will be stepping down as Director at the end of August. "You'll have to be invited to the contract renewal in the year 2003," said Turner, referring to the new contract expiration date.
Stanford has operated SLAC on behalf of DOE for more than three decades. Established in 1962, SLAC is a world-class research facility with 1,200 employees on site, 2,800 visiting researchers from around the world, and a fiscal year 1999 budget of $177 million. Three SLAC scientists have won Nobel Physics Prizes; approximately half the Laboratory staff are degreed professionals. SLAC is devoted to using linear accelerators for experimental and theoretical research in elementary particle physics, using electron beams. In addition, synchrotron radiation scientists at SLAC conduct research in atomic and solid state physics, chemistry, biology and medicine.