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SLAC gets a new name, but still is SLAC

Original post made on Oct 20, 2008

The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has gotten a new name, Stanford officials have announced, which will sound familiar.

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Posted by Leland Snod...grass
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 20, 2008 at 10:51 am

The new name is asinine. Removing the meaning from an acronym is always a bad idea. It's not a "strong bridge," it's an illusion that retains the a meaningless shadow of the past but fails to describe the present. The main fault is with the IP folks who couldn't negotiate a deal. But the debacle is compounded by the people who couldn't come up with an original name for a physics lab that does more than accelerate particles.

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Posted by tj
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 20, 2008 at 11:04 am

Like the change from Stanford Research Institute to SRI.

The new name for SLAC is very cumbersome why not cal it NAC or SNAC?

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Posted by but seriously
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 20, 2008 at 12:30 pm

The new name is redundant. Is the accelerator still part ofStanford? If so, what is the problem? If not, why not just call it the National Accelerator Center? But for everyone for whom SLAC actualy has meaning, the new name will sound like "Stanford Linear Accelerator Center National Accelerator Center" -- which is just dumb.

But whatever. It's just a name.

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Posted by Former SLAC
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 20, 2008 at 3:56 pm

There are many DOE labs, and one by one they have all had the names changed in the last decade or two, because the DOE wants to hit everybody over the head with evidence of their ownership. I am sure the DOE would really have liked Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory, but Stanford wouldn't give their name away. With that unresolvable conflict the result was guaranteed to be a stupid name.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 20, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Sounds like a good compromise, considering the circumstances. Losing the SLAC part would have been worse. There were other similar changes made in the past. SRI was mentioned, and Sun is another example.

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Posted by Andy
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 21, 2008 at 11:30 am

It's actually SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, not SLAC National Accelerator Center.

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