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SLAC may not be SLAC in the future

Original post made on Jul 28, 2008

The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park is a place where physicists have won Nobel Prizes for their research. Now, 42 years later, SLAC is about to get a new name because of a dispute between the Department of Energy (DOE) and Stanford University.

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Posted by slac_square
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 28, 2008 at 12:50 am

How about
1. SLAC Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC^2 or SLAC) or
2. Sandhill Linear Accelerator Center?j


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2008 at 3:53 am

How about House of Ingratitude?
Wolfgang and Sidney consumed millions of tax dollars while at the same time holding themselves and "their" project aloof from the survival of this nation. Their openly expressed disdain with defense related research was no doubt a comfort to our enemies; perhaps even motivated by concurrence with the goals of those enemies.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 28, 2008 at 11:06 am

They're also far smarter and better educated than you, Walter. Maybe they're onto something you're not.


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Posted by Maybe
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 28, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Or maybe they are just wrong. Smarts and fancy education are pretty over-rated when it comes to clear political thinking.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Wolfgang and Sidney smarter? Then howcome we didn't get CERN?


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Posted by Richard
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Stanford's contract to run the lab for DOE is expiring in a couple of years, and DOE will put the contract out for competitive bids. If Stanford isn't careful they could end up with SLAC standing for:

Stanford
Loses
All
Control


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Posted by Senor Blogger
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 29, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Why not "Palo Alto National Laboratory"

Similar to "Livermore".

This might give the Trolls something to talk about.

Can you copyright the Spanish name for a Tree?

SB


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Posted by Herr Blogger
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 29, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Menlo Park National Laboratory (MPNL) would be more appropriate since the facility is actually in San Mateo County. Sorry Senor.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Can you copyright the Spanish name for a Tree?


Someone copyrighted a product of a tree.


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Posted by so
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Because these scientists didn't think that their talents were best employed in developing new ways to demolish, terrorize, and kill, that makes them what? Un-American? Inhuman? Evil?


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm

So raises a worthwhile point, but one we have to think about. These people, local leaders in this field, did not want to focus on defense work. That's ok, their choice, and perhaps by their lights admirable - but the people handing out the money will take this into account and their may be long term consquences.

Unrelated, but apparently similar, is Roche's choice to get out of Palo Alto if it has the option. Again, it seems the local business heads didn't want to focus on what the big bosses with the money wanted. That's ok, their choice, but eventually there are consequences for them and for our community.

If as a community we are too idealistic and not enough commercial, we will end up not being able to afford our ideals. That may be ok for those who already have theirs - but, for example, I'm sure many of the 1000 potentially out-of-work Roche employees may wish the focus had been more on doing what the bosses wanted.


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Posted by Richard
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 29, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Stanford has had a policy for several decades that all of its work, whether on campus or at SLAC, must be in the public domain. There has been a lot of research sponsored by the Air Force and Navy (I know because I worked on some of the projects). There is no problem working for military agencies as long as the work is not classified. That is really not much of a problem, because Stanford and SLAC tend to do very basic research, and projects usually only get classified when they move into the development phase.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 30, 2008 at 3:05 am

"...that makes them what? Un-American? Inhuman? Evil?"
No, it makes them stupid. Pacifism is never smart because it relies on others to defend the pacifists. As for the refusal to do classified work, Stanford has no problem with the confidentialities surrounding potentially patentable work. Whose bread I eat his song I sing is a workable philosophy.


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