Archive of Lori Ann White

Lori Ann has written 20 article(s) for InMenlo.


Claudio Pellegrini: Patriarch of SLAC’s LCLS

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“It takes a village,” as Hillary Clinton famously wrote, “to raise a child.” Similarly, says physicist Claudio Pellegrini, it takes an entire scientific community to create a ground-breaking new piece of technology — one that not only adds to the store of human knowledge through its use, but requires its designers to push back scientific […]

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These dogs mean business at SLAC-hosted canine search and rescue training

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Anyone at SLAC last Sunday might be forgiven for thinking it had been turned into a dog park – one SLACer was even heard to remark, “Hey, SLAC’s having a Puppy Bowl!” – but the more than 80 dogs and their handlers in attendance at the California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) regional workout were all […]

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SLAC welcomes displaced Japanese scientists

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The synchrotron light source community is a large one – about 70 facilities exist around the world – but the men and women who run them are like an extended family. That’s why, when the Photon Factory light source at the Tsukuba campus of KEK, Japan’s national high-energy physics research laboratory, was damaged during the […]

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Spotted: Gnome making his way around Menlo’s western hills

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If you’re traveling around SLAC,  you might catch a glimpse of an elusive gnome. The tight-lipped traveler was most recently spied keeping an eye on traffic from his vantage point in front of the guest parking lot, but he’s also been seen across the street near the Kavli auditorium, as well as various other locations […]

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Spotted: Gong gets SLACers attention

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The Accelerator Operations group must run a tight ship in SLAC’s Main Control Center. Any threat to the prompt start of a meeting is occasion to sound the brass gong that hangs at the front of the MCC conference room. The gong appeared after accelerator physicist Joe Frisch and LCLS (now LCLS-II) project director John […]

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MACHO vs WIMP – SLAC’s word of the week brings new meaning

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MACHOs, or Massively Compact Halo Object, is the name given to astronomical objects — such as dwarf stars or lone planets stripped from their suns — that are too dim to easily detect. MACHOs were considered a candidate for dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes its presence felt only through gravity, but even the […]

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Kim Cook: SLAC’s rocket man keeps his eye on space

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As a child, SLAC machinist Kim Cook built model rockets from kits. And like many intelligent, curious, technically minded kids, he grew up to study electronics, computer programming and engineering. He left model rockets behind for more than two decades, except for one brief visit during which he once again built model rockets with his […]

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Geeks gather for annual SSRL user run at SLAC

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The 2010–2011 user run started this past week at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. The run is scheduled to last until July 25, 2011, with an estimated 1,500 users coming to SLAC over the course of the run to perform research using SSRL’s X-ray beamlines. The synchrotron will begin the run at an operating current […]

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Imre Kabai: Flying ultra light for a cause

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Imre Kabai, SLAC’s new IT Enterprise architect, seems at first glance like a typical Silicon Valley dad. He juggles a computer job, a commute, and time with his wife and four kids. He reserves what little time he has left for a variety of projects. Kabai could be in any one of the cars making […]

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