For immediate release: 05/11/2011 | NR-11-05-03

Laboratory scientists win three Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards

Anne M Stark, LLNL, (925) 422-9799, stark8@llnl.gov



Sofia Quaglioni, Yongqin Jiao and Peter Lindstrom have earned $7.5 million in funding through the Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program (ECRP)

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Three Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have earned $7.5 million in funding through the Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program (ECRP).

Early career is defined as principal investigators (PIs) who are within 10 years of receiving a Ph.D. and are either untenured assistant professors on the tenure track, untenured associate professors on the tenure track, or full-time, nonpostdoctoral, permanent DOE national laboratory employees. The PI must be employed by either a U.S. academic institution or a DOE national laboratory.

Yongqin Jiao, a scientist in LLNL's Biosciences and Biotechnology Division, earned the award for her research looking into how microbes play a major role in the stability and transportation of uranium in natural aquatic systems. She was selected for funding by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER).

Peter Lindstrom, a computer scientist in the Data Analysis Group at the Lab's Center for Applied Scientific Computing, earned his award for his research in alleviating the data-movement bottleneck in extreme-scale computing to accelerate numerical simulation and data analysis. Lindstrom was selected for funding by the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR).

Sofia Quaglioni, a scientist in the Lab's Computational Nuclear Physics Group, earned her $2.5 million award for providing the research community with the theoretical and computational tools that will enable an accurate prediction for the fusion reactions that power stars and Earth-based fusion facilities. Quaglioni was selected by the Office of Nuclear Physics (NP).


This year the Office of Science awarded 65 ECRP recipients. In comparison to other DOE labs, Livermore tied with Oak Ridge and Lawrence Berkeley, which both won three awards each. A total of 21 awards went to national labs, and 44 went to universities. The 65 selectees were chosen based on competitive review from 1,150 proposals, for a success rate of only 5.6 percent.




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