Former LLNL summer student makes history

Sept. 17, 2020- 
Jasmine Bowers, former summer student at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), recently made history when she became the first African American to earn a doctorate in computer science from the University of Florida, where she attended through the GEM fellowship program. Not a surprising feat considering Bowers’ long list of accomplishments, starting in 2008 when she was...

‘Expanding Your Horizons’ goes virtual for 2020

Aug. 12, 2020- 
The San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons (SJEYH) is going virtual for 2020. Registration opens Aug. 15 for the virtual event on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year marks the 28th year for SJEYH, a conference with a long history of inspiring young women and fostering awareness of careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The event usually draws more...

Doctoral fellow improves codes used to simulate interactions between particles moving at high velocities

Aug. 3, 2020- 
Doctoral student Marco Echeverria is spending his second summer conducting research for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), but this year his summer experience is taking place at a distance from his home in Connecticut. Echeverria is one of hundreds of LLNL summer students who needed to shift to a virtual internship or fellowship due to the pandemic. “The connections I built...

Lockdown doesn’t hinder annual Data Science Challenge

June 26, 2020- 
The COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent restrictions on gatherings and travel have forced institutions and companies around the world to rethink how they offer their summer programs and internships, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is no exception. This year’s Data Science Challenge with the University of California, Merced, the second such event of its kind, was an all...

Virtual Teacher Research Academy offered this summer

May 5, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has a long history of providing professional development courses each summer for all levels of educators via the Teacher Research Academy (TRA). Under normal circumstances, courses are offered in a hands-on classroom environment with access to equipment and facilities. This year, in response to limitations due to COVID-19 and social distancing...

Lab looks to outer space for ‘Science on Screen’

March 5, 2020- 
Now in its sixth year, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and The State Theatre in Modesto will bring "Science on Screen" to the theater two Saturdays a month in March and April. The 2020 theme delves into space. Science on Screen is a free educational program geared to middle, high school and college students that creatively pairs cutting-edge science by leading LLNL...

Tour progam lets you learn about Lawrence Livermore

March 2, 2020- 
Have you ever wanted to venture behind the gates of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)? The Public Affairs Office offers site tours that provide a glimpse into the world-class research programs and facilities at LLNL. Tours are available Friday mornings from 8:15 to noon and are perfect for local residents, family members and friends visiting the area, or if you are a Lab...

‘SOS’ lecture explores microbiomes on space station

Feb. 26, 2020- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists Crystal Jaing and Nick Be, along with Dougherty Valley High School teacher Katherine Huang, will present "Monitoring Microbiomes: Detection on the International Space Station." This is the fourth and final lecture in the 2020 Science on Saturday series that delves into the mysteries of space. WHAT: This talk will cover how Laboratory...

Lecture explores planetary defense capabilities

Feb. 19, 2020- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists Megan Bruck Syal and Mary Burkey, along with retired Los Gatos High School teacher Dan Burns, will present "Planetary Defense: Avoiding a Cosmic Catastrophe.” This is the third lecture in the 2020 Science on Saturday series that delves into the mysteries of space. WHAT: This talk will cover several scenarios that can be taken to...

‘Science on Saturday’ features the development of diagnostic medical instruments for use in space

Feb. 12, 2020- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists Matt Coleman and Matthias Frank, along with David Loftus from NASA Ames Research Center, will partner with Tracy High School teacher Erin McKay to present “Health in Space: Developing New Tools for the Trip to Mars.” This is the second lecture in the 2020 Science on Saturday series that delves into the mysteries of space. WHAT:...

Journey to the moon via ‘Science on Saturday’

Feb. 4, 2020- 
WHO: LLNL scientist Lars Borg and Granada High School teacher Tom Shefler will present “Return to Apollo: Geologic Evolution of a Young Moon,” the first lecture in the 2020 Science on Saturday series that delves into the mysteries of space. WHAT: This talk will cover the ages of samples returned by the Apollo space missions from 1969 to 1972 and how they constrain the origin and evolution...

Lab’s popular lecture series delves into space science

Jan. 28, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL's) popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," returns Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 29 at the Bankhead Theater, located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. The series will offer four different lectures with the theme “Science in Space.” Each lecture is presented by leading LLNL researchers who are joined by master high school science teachers....

Lab and Las Positas College celebrate five years of engineering workforce pathway program

Dec. 10, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) leadership and employees, along with faculty, administrators and students of Las Positas College, gathered at the school on Dec. 4 to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the award-winning Engineering Technology Program (ETP), also known as Vets2Tech.   A partnership of the Lab, Las Positas, the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, the...

LLNL champions neurodiversity with internships

Dec. 4, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has made big headway toward becoming an employer that embraces neurodiversity with hopes that through a successful internship program, neurodivergent individuals will look to LLNL as an employer of choice. To celebrate the Neurodiversity Initiative, an internship collaboration with Orion Academy and the California Regional Centers, LLNL...

Explore your inner scientist at Discovery Day

Nov. 1, 2019- 
More than 30,000 people — future scientists, aspiring engineers and their parents and friends — will have the opportunity to experience science up close at the annual Discovery Day, the pinnacle event of the weeklong Bay Area Science Festival. The science extravaganza will be held at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Each year...

‘STEM Day at the Lab’ a hit for Central Valley students

Oct. 30, 2019- 
Valeria Rizo, an eighth-grade student at Williams Middle School in Tracy, wants to pursue a career in the medical field combined with engineering. “I want to work with prosthetic devices,” she said. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), bioengineering is one of the fastest growing research areas, and the Lab is a great place for Rizo to embark on such a career. Rizo was one of...

High school interns embark on scientific careers

Oct. 28, 2019- 
“What I liked best about working at the Lab was being able to work with and talk to people who are so clearly passionate about what they do,” said Livermore High School student Ella King." It was incredible to see that every single scientist I had a discussion with was excited to come to work every day and loved what they did.” King was one of 12 local high school students who successfully...

Annual Expanding Your Horizons conference inspires girls to ‘follow your curiosity’

Oct. 3, 2019- 
The San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons (SJEYH) conference for girls celebrated its 27th year with the theme, “Follow Your Curiosity.” Held in late September, approximately 500 girls came to the University of the Pacific Campus in Stockton to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). SJEYH, now affiliated with Techbridge Girls, is co-sponsored by Lawrence...

‘Science on Saturday’ lectures return to Tracy

Sept. 16, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) popular "Science on Saturday” lecture series returns to Tracy, highlighting the brain and reprising two presentations that were featured earlier this year in Livermore. The free one-hour presentations will be held on Sept. 21 and Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. at The Grand Theatre, located at 715 N. Central Ave. in Tracy. Each informative and entertaining...

Hackathoners put coding skills to the test

Aug. 22, 2019- 
College students are used to pulling all-nighters. For Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory summer intern Amar Saini, a recent graduate of the University of California, Merced, LLNL’s Summer Hackathon was a 24-hour, caffeine-fueled marathon of coding, diagramming and problem solving. Although Hackathon participants aren’t required to stay overnight and are strongly encouraged to get a good...