Oct. 5, 2001

Ellen Raber to Head Livermore Lab Environmental Protection Department

LIVERMORE, Calif — Ellen Raber has been named to lead Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Environmental Protection Department.

The appointment was effective October 1. Formerly the department's deputy leader, Raber has been serving as acting department head since July 1.

The Environmental Protection Department provides effective and efficient environmental support to Livermore Lab operations through environmental monitoring, environmental regulatory compliance, environmental restoration, and hazardous waste management. The department also researches, develops, and tests environmental protection technology.

The 430-person organization focuses on environmental safety and health, hazardous waste minimization and management, air and water quality, and general environmental issues to help Laboratory programs develop and maintain environmentally sound operational practices.

"I'm excited about the challenge of leading a department that uses the best science and technology to help the Lab remain a good steward of the environment," Raber said.

"We have a high-caliber, multi-disciplinary staff that has set a high standard of achievement, and I look forward to helping maintain that distinction."

Raber began her career at the Lab as a research geochemist in 1978. She has held various technical and management positions in the Lab's Nonproliferation, Arms Control and International Security and Earth Sciences organizations before joining the Environmental Protection Department in 1993. She is a member of Sigma Xi and the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Raber holds a MS degree in geochemistry from the University of Massachusetts and a BS degree in geology from Lafayette College.

A resident of Livermore, California, Raber is married and the mother of a 7-year-old daughter. She also serves as vice president of the board of trustees of Valley Montessori School in Livermore, the largest non-profit Montessori school west of the Mississippi.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission to ensure national security and to apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

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