Archive of Lauren Rugani

Lauren has written 5 article(s) for InMenlo.


Palo Alto firefighters stationed at SLAC are getting into the holiday spirit. Passersby can catch a glimpse of the jolly icon set up on the Loop Road side of the firehouse just outside the garage door. Every few seconds the robotic Santa descends into his chimney and reemerges to spread more holiday cheer.

From SLAC Today; used with permission.

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There’s pie – and then there’s pi

Pi is a mathematical constant equal to the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter, or the area of a circle divided by the square of its radius. It is represented by the Greek letter, π. The value of pi is often approximated as 3.14159265, although some have calculated as many as five trillion […]

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Physicist Jacob Wacker receies Presidential Early Career Award

SLAC theoretical physicist Jacob Wacker has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Wacker looks to explain physics beyond the Standard Model, a set of laws governing the known particles and forces in the universe. “Science and technology have long been at the core of America’s economic strength […]

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What really is random? Now we know.

Editor’s note: Every Friday, the SLAC Today newsletter features a word of the week. Today’s was “random,” which some of us probably mis-understand and mis-use. That’s why it’s great to have geeks in Menlo Park! A truly random event can be neither controlled nor predicted. Given the same set of starting conditions, all possible outcomes […]

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Michael Fazio joins SLAC with the goal of moving science and technology forward

Michael Fazio has been at Menlo Park-based SLAC for a little more than a week—he’s barely settled into his office—but he has worked closely with many SLAC employees throughout his career in accelerator and radio-frequency source science at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Fazio was recruited to lead the Klystron Department at SLAC. […]

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