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Ignition gives U.S. ‘unique opportunity’ to lead world’s IFE research

Feb. 6, 2023 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)’s historic achievement of fusion ignition last month at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) positions the United States with a “unique opportunity” to further lead the world scientific community’s pursuit of developing fusion as a future source of clean energy, according to a newly released report. Capitalizing on that opportunity will require...

LLNL Director Kim Budil named to 'Power 100' list

Feb. 3, 2023 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Director Kim Budil has been selected by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Power 100, an inaugural list highlighting the top 100 business leaders in the Bay Area. The Power 100 represents the region’s diverse industries and were chosen by the editorial staff to highlight leaders who are adeptly navigating their companies and...

Benjy Grover appointed as transformation officer for LLNL

Feb. 3, 2023 - 
Benjy Grover has been appointed transformation officer for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), effective Feb. 2, 2023. In this newly established role, Grover will help drive, coordinate and enable many of the Lab’s ongoing and future transformation efforts in culture, people management, policy, business systems and transformation-related strategic planning. His appointment comes at...

Lawrence Livermore’s Science on Saturday lecture series moves to Las Positas College

Feb. 1, 2023 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) popular lecture series, “Science on Saturday,” returns Feb. 4 and runs through Feb. 25. The new location of the lecture series is the Mertes Theater, Building 4000 at Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore. The series kicks off on Feb. 4 and offers four different lectures with the theme, “70 Years of Science.” Each...

Kersting elected vice chair of the ACS Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology

Jan. 31, 2023 - 
The American Chemical Society (ACS) recently elected LLNL’s Annie Kersting to serve as vice chair of the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology for a three-year term. The term is delineated by three assignments where Kersting will serve her first year as vice chair, her second year as chair, and her third year as program chair. Some of her responsibilities will include supporting the...

Lawrence Livermore’s Discovery Center to reopen to visitors

Jan. 30, 2023 - 
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Discovery Center reopens to visitors on Feb. 1, after nearly three years of closure due to COVID-19. The Discovery Center’s reopening will feature facility renovations and a host of new exhibits related to the Laboratory’s research programs, institutional history and community role. Open to all ages, the Discovery Center supports the...

LLNL’s Doerfert named Better Scientific Software fellow

Jan. 30, 2023 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computer scientist Johannes Doerfert was recently named one of the 2023 Better Scientific Software (BSSw) fellows, a government-funded program providing recognition and funding to leaders and advocates of high-quality scientific software. A member of LLNL’s Center for Applied Scientific Computing, Doerfert was one of six fellows chosen to...

Beating the odds: Former Energetic Materials Center intern named U.S. Air Force Cadet of the Year

Jan. 27, 2023 - 
Second Lt. Hannah Fletcher, a 2021 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) summer intern, has been named the 2022 United States Air Force (USAF) Cadet of the Year. This award recognizes the best cadet in an Air Force commissioning program based on military performance, academics and physical fitness. LLNL’s ROTC internship program reinforces...

LLNL team demonstrates anisotropic explosive properties in key weapon safety study

Jan. 26, 2023 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and engineers led a multi-institutional team in executing a series of high explosives tests that successfully demonstrated fundamental principles of anisotropy, a possible enabler for improved weapon and munition safety. Working under snowy and frigid conditions on Idaho’s Snake River Plain, a 13-member team from LLNL carried out...

Skywing: Open-source software aids collaborative autonomy applications

Jan. 25, 2023 - 
A new software developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and known as Skywing, provides domain scientists working to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure with a high-reliability, real-time software platform for collaborative autonomy applications. The U.S. modern critical infrastructure — from the electrical grid that sends power to homes to the pipelines that...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ‘2022 Year in Review’

Jan. 24, 2023 - 
Ending with one of the most significant achievements in scientific history, 2022 will be remembered as an important year for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). On Dec. 5, in the Lab’s 50th year of laser programs, LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) achieved fusion ignition for the first time in a laboratory setting: a reaction that produced more energy than laser energy...

Cross-directorate team works to survey the Lab’s biodiversity

Jan. 24, 2023 - 
From the rolling hills of Tracy to the grassy plains of Livermore, LLNL’s lands are replete with biodiversity, and keeping track of the resident flora and fauna is no small feat. Acoustic monitoring was used to passively search for rare bat species. Wildlife biologists from ECORP Consulting are shown installing a Wildlife Acoustics SM4BAT-FS unit using the SMM-U2 microphone in a remote canyon at Site 300. Photo by Lisa Paterson/LLNL.Located at the intersection of Coastal and Central Valley environments, the Livermore Valley and surrounding hills attracted early botanists and wildlife biologists from UC Berkeley and the California...

Four Livermore researchers honored as Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program fellows

Jan. 23, 2023 - 
The Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP) has selected four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists as 2023 fellows. Computational physicist Teresa Bailey, physicist Brent Blue, nuclear and mechanical engineer Lance Kim and chemical engineer Elizabeth Wheeler were inducted into the fellowship program. OSELP brings together exceptional leaders to...

Water modified ancient asteroid

Jan. 19, 2023 - 
Samples from asteroid Ryugu returned by the Hayabusa2 mission contain evidence of extensive alteration by water and appear related to CI chondrites, which are believed to best represent the bulk of the solar system composition. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists in collaboration with an international team looked at the isotopic composition of oxygen, carbon and...

LLNL, University of California initiative fosters academic partnership

Jan. 19, 2023 - 
A new joint initiative between the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate and the University of California (UC) is aimed at developing next generation academic leadership with strong and enduring national laboratory connections.  The LLNL Early Career UC Faculty Initiative is accepting proposals from untenured, tenure-track...

All eyes on Kerrie Ingraham

Jan. 19, 2023 - 
When Kerrie Ingraham started at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), she was immediately impressed by the welcoming environment that she encountered. Within her first year, she’d already discovered ways to participate in the Lab’s culture of guidance and mentorship. “Despite this being one of the largest organizations I’ve ever worked for, LLNL provides a lot of resources for...

New HPC4EI project to create 'digital twin' models for aerospace manufacturing

Jan. 18, 2023 - 
A partnership involving Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory aimed at developing “digital twins” for producing aerospace components is one of six new projects funded under the HPC for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced today.  Sponsored by the HPC4Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program, one...

LLNL’s de Supinski named 2022 ACM fellow

Jan. 18, 2023 - 
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Chief Technology Officer for Livermore Computing (LC) Bronis R. de Supinski as a 2022 ACM fellow, recognizing him for his contributions to the design of large-scale systems and their programming systems and software. The prestigious ACM fellows program honors the top 1% of ACM members for their...

LLNL scientist named to Forbes ’30 under 30’ list

Jan. 18, 2023 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory materials scientist Daniel Schwalbe-Koda has been named one of Forbes “30 under 30” for 2023 in the science category. Forbes features a list of 600 individuals under the age of 30 each year, who have impactful careers and/or accomplishments across a span of industries — healthcare, science, consumer technology, Hollywood, retail, social media, sports...

All eyes on Tanim Islam

Jan. 13, 2023 - 
For Tanim Islam, a physicist in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL)  Design Physics Division, mentorship means improving systems that serve as barriers to employees as they acclimate and begin to work. One of his passions is looking closely at whether employees have suitable structures to accomplish their tasks. “I make a point to talk to newer staff about what sort of help...