Lab’s Tom Ramos reflects on ‘From Berkeley to Berlin’

Oct. 3, 2022- 
Physicist Tom Ramos has had several roles for the past 40 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He served as a member of the nuclear team that developed the X-ray laser for President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, he supported United States arms control negotiations for START, and over a span of seventeen years he created and ran a program for the Department of Defense...

San Joaquin ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ Conference returns in-person to celebrate 30 years

Sept. 23, 2022- 
Registration is now open for the San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons (SJEYH) Conference, celebrating its 30-year anniversary with the theme, “STEM: It’s Like Magic but Real.” The conference will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the University of the Pacific in Stockton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check-in starts at 8:15 a.m. View the flyer. SJEYH is geared toward young women in grades 6-12 and...

LLNL's Raymond Baez Pares wins DOE award for emergency management contributions

Sept. 20, 2022- 
Raymond Baez Pares, emergency management technical planning basis engineer within the Emergency Management Department’s Planning and Preparedness Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), was selected ‘Contractor Member of the Year’ by the Department of Energy (DOE) Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group (EMI SIG). The EMI SIG coordinates the exchange of...

Steven Bohlen selected as senior director for LLNL’s Office of Government and External Affairs

Sept. 19, 2022- 
Steven Bohlen has been named as the senior director for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Office of Government and External Affairs (OGEA), Director Kimberly Budil announced today. His appointment is effective Sept. 18. In this new role, Bohlen will partner with the Senior Management Team (SMT) to develop and manage strong and productive relationships between the Laboratory and...

Livermore astronaut mural encourages people to ‘Dream Big’

Sept. 16, 2022- 
At the age of 10, Larry Lagin already knew he wanted to become a scientist — his inspiration was NASA’s space program. “It was the space program that really got me involved and excited to go into science,” said Lagin, former deputy project manager for the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s largest and most energetic laser. “It was something that really inspired me.” He even...

Johnny Foster at 100

Sept. 15, 2022- 
The Laboratory’s Johnny Foster: nuclear weapon designer and team leader, former Laboratory director, former director of Defense Research and Engineering at the Department of Defense and record-setting ski jumper, turns 100 years old this week. As he does so, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory celebrates a century of his extraordinary life and accomplishments. “In my view, Johnny is...

Lab scientist wins outstanding doctoral thesis award from American Physical Society

Sept. 9, 2022- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Alison Ruth Christopherson has earned the American Physical Society’s (APS) Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis award. The award recognizes exceptional early-career scientists who have performed original thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of plasma physics. Christopher...

Burning Plasma Team receives honor from American Physical Society

Sept. 9, 2022- 
The Burning Plasma Team has been awarded the 2022 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research by the American Physical Society. The team consists of members from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and from other institutions. The team was cited “for the first laboratory demonstration of a burning deuterium-tritium plasma where alpha heating dominates the...

Apprentice program graduates look forward to careers as Lab machinists

Aug. 25, 2022- 
After earning a bachelor’s degree in health education at San Francisco State University, Kwadwo Kumi-Amankwah wanted a more hands-on career, so he took machining classes at Laney College and then applied to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Machinist Apprentice Program. That process began a four-year journey that concluded on Aug. 18, where he and three fellow apprenticeship program...

Carolyn Zerkle named Lawrence Livermore’s deputy director

Aug. 22, 2022- 
Carolyn Zerkle has been selected as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s deputy director and vice president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Lab Director Kim Budil announced today. Her appointment is effective Sept. 12, 2022. As deputy director, Zerkle will participate in the day-to-day management of the Laboratory, including interfacing with the Livermore Field Office...

Miriam E. John Awarded Livermore’s 2022 John S. Foster Medal

Aug. 22, 2022- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Kim Budil has announced that the 2022 John S. Foster, Jr. Medal winner is  Miriam “Mim” E. John, vice president emerita of Sandia National Laboratories. John served as vice president of Sandia's California Division and Homeland Security Strategic Management Unit from 1999 until 2006. She served in various capacities at Sandia beginning in...

Understanding how radionuclides move

Aug. 12, 2022- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) intern Jordan Stanberry is spending his summer examining pond sediments to better understand groundwater contamination from decades-old nuclear tests. A chemistry graduate student from the University of Central Florida (UCF), Stanberry is participating in an eight-week Glenn T. Seaborg Institute (GTSI) internship program. The program offers...

White House visit underscores a national need for diversity in STEM

Aug. 12, 2022- 
This week, President Biden signed into law the bipartisan bill known as the CHIPS and Science Act (CSC ACT). The bill aims to strengthen U.S. competition by encouraging U.S. companies to manufacture semiconductors and by revitalizing “America’s scientific research and technological leadership." Under Title V: Broadening Participation in Science of the bill, the White House will push to build...

A life in leadership: Bauer to depart after guiding Lab through multi-layered challenges

Aug. 11, 2022- 
Following decades in management at National Nuclear Security Administration production sites, Linda Bauer aspired to put her leadership skills to the test in the science and technology side of the nuclear enterprise as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL's) deputy director. Bauer, a self-described “road warrior,” had hoped LLNL would be the capstone to her career, a place to...

Breanna Bishop selected as LLNL’s senior director of strategic communications

July 28, 2022- 
Breanna Bishop has been named as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) senior director of strategic communications, Director Kimberly Budil announced today. Her appointment will be effective July 31. In this new role, Bishop will lead and manage the planning and execution of an integrated internal and external communications program that effectively informs and engages...

LLNL Veterans Showcase: Jerry Mullins

July 27, 2022- 
The Veterans/Military Outreach and Recruiting Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is committed to supporting and recruiting military students, reservists, active duty and transitioning service men, women and veterans. The program’s initial focus on recruiting and hiring has aided directly in the employment of many veterans, with many more serving in internships ranging...

American Society of Safety Professionals honors Tom Kohut with safety award

July 20, 2022- 
The American Society of Safety Professionals, San Francisco Chapter, has awarded Tom Kohut, an operations manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF), with the “Managers Who Get Safety” award. The award is presented to operational managers who have demonstrated significant leadership in safety at all levels of their organization through active...

DOE honors three early-career Lab scientists

June 8, 2022- 
Three scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are recipients of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Research Program award. Mimi Yung, John Despotopulos and Timofey Frolov are among 83 awardees receiving the recognition. Under the program, typical awards for DOE national laboratory staff are $500,000 per year for five years. “Supporting...

LLNL Veterans Showcase: Shaun Stephenson

June 2, 2022- 
The Veterans/Military Outreach and Recruiting Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is committed to supporting and recruiting military students, reservists, active duty and transitioning service men, women and veterans. The program’s initial focus on recruiting and hiring has aided directly in the employment of many veterans, with many more serving in internships ranging...

Lab internship program bridges gap between degree and military service

May 19, 2022- 
Justin Witkowski came to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for a unique internship opportunity, one that would allow him to gain some practical experience during the gap between completing his undergraduate degree and starting his military career in the Navy. Witkowski started his LLNL internship in February under the Academic Cooperation Program (ACP). ACP offers newly...