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In this issue:
People: Imre Kabai Flies Right
In the News: Pioneers of China's First Internet Connection Recall Work
WIS Seminar Today: Competitive Sports after 40? Yes, Say Three SLACers!
Seen around SLAC: SWAT Exercises

SLAC Today

Wednesday - October 20, 2010

People: Imre Kabai Flies Right

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Kabai in his "trike with wings." (Photo courtesy Imre Kabai.)

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 the daily trek on Highway 280 or 101, or the long haul from the East Bay. That is, until you talk to the soft-spoken SLACer about some of those projects—both of the past and those that lie in the future.

Among completed or in-progress works, there's the seven-acre farm in Gilroy, with a walnut orchard, vegetables, chickens and rabbits. Bees, too, that Kabai affectionately calls "my girls." There are unicycle rides and the family music group. There are motorcycle trips taken and planned, including a trip that retraces Kabai's previous route to Alaska, only this time on a motorcycle converted to run on vegetable oil and outfitted with a sidecar to hold fuel tanks and a filtering system. Kabai plans to call restaurants on the road ahead and ask for their old cooking oil for his "veggie bike." He sees only one challenge.

"If you run your motorcycle on cooking oil, it smells like French fries," he said with a smile. "When I camp out there in Alaska, I'll have to figure out how to deter the bears."  Read more...

In the News: Pioneers of China's First Internet Connection Recall Work

Les Cottrell discusses setup of China's first Internet connection in this video hosted by the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. (Video and image: SPRIE.)

In 1993, Xu Rongsheng helped drop a bomb on Beijing. That bomb was the Internet.

"This bomb is not a nuclear reaction. It's like information exploded," the Chinese scientist said.

Xu and SLAC computing guru Les Cottrell worked to set up the first Internet connection in China. The two were reunited on Monday, videoconferencing by the very technology that they helped pioneer in the country, during the Stanford-hosted conference "China 2.0: The Rise of a Digital Superpower." Read more in Computerworld...

A video of Xu and Cottrell, shown at the conference, is available online: "China's First Internet Connection."

WIS Seminar Today: Competitive Sports after 40? Yes, Say Three SLACers!

Take a look around at your amazing, accomplished colleagues and don't forget to look in the mirror! But when it comes to competitive sports, it takes a certain kind of oomph to take it to the next level. The Women's Interchange at SLAC is pleased to present three SLAC colleagues speaking on their competitive sports, today from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 41 Yellow Room.

The three guest speakers this month have gone the extra mile(s) and these dedicated SLACers will be talking about balancing responsibilities and training commitments, as well as the joy in completing competitions and maybe even getting to the top of their game. And the lineup is:

Lesley Galloway, Library Specialist and competitive cyclist since 2000. Among other competitions, Leslie completed the 2005 Ironman.

Bobby McKee, Mechanical Engineer in ARD Linac Design and competitive runner and tri-athlete since 1980.

Linda Price, Financial Analyst in PPAs Planning Office and 2008 National Champion figure skater in her age category.

Everyone is welcome. Bring your lunch and a friend.

Seen around SLAC: SWAT Exercises

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City of San Mateo SWAT Team participating in Urban Shield 2010 at SLAC. (Photo by Brian Sherin.)

This past weekend, SLAC experienced a steady stream of cammoflaged police officers through the Alpine Gate. The lab had an opportunity to play host to more than 30 SWAT teams during the 2010 Urban Shield competition. This annual competition provides challenging scenarios to dozens of SWAT teams from the Bay Area as well as some international teams including Israel, Jordan and Bahrain. The teams rotated throughout locations around the Bay Area during a marathon 48-hour period. The more than 30 training scenarios included terrorist takeover of a ferry on San Francisco Bay, attacks at the Transamerica Pyramid, and at SLAC, a metals theft gone awry resulting in a hostage standoff.

SLAC Security and Emergency Management staff worked with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department to provide a challenging location for the teams to run their exercise. In this scenario, perpetrators broke into the PEP tunnel near the Alpine Gate to steal metals and when a security officer confronted them, they took her hostage. The SWAT teams engaged their first culprit at the getaway vehicle, then entered the tunnel where they confronted a second criminal, and several hundred feet later faced the hostage-taker to free the hostage.

Off-site, SLAC Emergency Management Coordinator Lance Lougee worked as a volunteer emergency medical technician at one of the main command centers at Moffett Federal Field in Mountain View.

San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks extended his thanks to SLAC on behalf of the Sheriff's Department and the organizers of Urban Shield for allowing the participants to use the facility.

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