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Lab physicist awarded 2020 dissertation prize

Feb. 28, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Natalie Hell has been awarded the 2020 Dissertation Prize from the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Hell received the prize for her outstanding experimental doctoral dissertation in laboratory astrophysics. Her thesis, “Benchmarking Transition Energies and Emission Strengths for X-ray...

Lab team sizzles at DOE Grid Optimization Competition

Feb. 27, 2020- 
A team of computer scientists and mathematicians from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) bested more than two dozen teams to place first overall in Challenge 1 of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Optimization (GO) Competition, an ongoing series of contests aimed at developing a more reliable, resilient and secure U.S. electrical grid and solving complex grid problems. Manag...

‘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...

Observations of melting metal at the picosecond scale

Feb. 25, 2020- 
For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators have observed the shock melting and refreezing of a metal (zirconium) at the picosecond scale (trillionths of a second). Melting and freezing are some of the most common processes but can be difficult to understand since the fundamental mechanisms occur on near-atomic and picosecond timescales....

Glacier retreat study helps predictions of climate future

Feb. 20, 2020- 
Tropical glaciers in Africa and South America began their retreat simultaneously at the end of the last ice age about 20,000 years ago, according to a recent study by a multi-institutional research team that includes Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Susan Zimmerman. The finding of synchrony in ice retreat across the global tropics clarifies how the low latitudes transformed...

Lisa Woodrow selected to lead Lab’s ES&H

Feb. 19, 2020- 
Lisa Woodrow, a longtime manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been named associate director of the Lab’s Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H) program. Director Bill Goldstein and Deputy Director Linda Bauer announced the selection Feb. 19; the appointment is effective March 12. As the new associate director for ES&H, Woodrow will report to the deputy director and...

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...

X-ray flashes shed light on sleeping sickness cure

Feb. 18, 2020- 
Using ultra-bright X-ray flashes, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist and international collaborators tracked down a potential target for new drugs against sleeping sickness. The scientists decoded the detailed spatial structure of a vital enzyme of the parasite Trypanosoma brucei. The result provides a possible blueprint for a drug that specifically blocks this...

Huban Gowadia selected as Global Security director

Feb. 13, 2020- 
Huban Gowadia, a longtime manager in national security programs for multiple government agencies, has been selected as the principal associate director of Global Security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Lab Director Bill Goldstein made the announcement on Thursday. Gowadia was chosen for this key Laboratory senior leadership position following a broad national search. As...

Focusing target gives powerful boost to NIF’s ARC

Feb. 13, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have employed compound parabolic targets to achieve relativistic effects associated with significantly greater laser intensities. This innovation has substantially expanded the experimental capabilities of the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) laser. The targets, called compound parabolic...

‘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:...

Forensic scientist wins 'outstanding' early career award

Feb. 11, 2020- 
A chemist who is the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Forensic Science Center is the recipient of the 2020 “Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award.” The award, given to LLNL’s Audrey Williams, is presented annually by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Past Presidents Council. This year’s award will be presented by Susan...

Nutrients limit carbon uptake to slow climate change

Feb. 10, 2020- 
Nitrogen and phosphorus found in soils are limiting the amount of carbon uptake stored in plants and soils, but maps of where this occurs across the globe are lacking. A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist and international collaborators have developed a framework for testing nutrient limitations and a benchmark of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) limitation for models...

Budil shares ‘unconventional lessons’ in new book

Feb. 6, 2020- 
Kim Budil, principal associate director for Weapons and Complex Integration at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is one of 36 scientists and engineers to be featured in a new book titled, “Find Your Path: Unconventional Lessons from 36 Leading Scientists and Engineers.” The book offers personal accounts of challenges, struggles, successes, U-turns and satisfactions encountered in...

Lab researchers develop 3D ‘brain-on-a-chip’ device capable of long-term recording of neural activity

Feb. 5, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) engineers and biologists have developed a “brain-on-a-chip” device capable of recording the neural activity of living brain cell cultures in three dimensions, a significant advancement in the realistic modeling of the human brain outside of the body.  In a paper published by the journal Lab on a Chip, LLNL researchers report on the creation of...

Open for business: NNSA, LLNL celebrate the dedication of new Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory

Feb. 5, 2020- 
Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) gathered with elected leaders and industry professionals recently to dedicate and tour the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory, a new collaborative hub intended to spur public-private partnerships. The $10 million, 14,000-square-foot facility, located in the recently expanded...

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...

Deep learning may provide solution for efficient charging, driving of autonomous electric vehicles

Feb. 4, 2020- 
The future of commuter traffic probably looks something like this: ride-hailing companies operating fleets of autonomous electric vehicles alongside an increasing number of semi-autonomous EVs co-piloted by humans, all supported by a large infrastructure of charging stations. This scenario is particularly likely in California, which has committed to reducing carbon emissions to 40 percent...

Lawrence Livermore researchers release 3D protein structure predictions for the novel coronavirus

Feb. 3, 2020- 
As global concern continues to rise about a novel coronavirus spreading from China, a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers has developed a preliminary set of predictive 3D protein structures of the virus to aid research efforts to combat the disease. The team’s predicted 3D models, developed over the past week using a previously peer-reviewed modeling process...

New Lab report outlines ways California could reach goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045

Jan. 30, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have identified a robust suite of technologies to help California clear the last hurdle and become carbon neutral – and ultimately carbon negative – by 2045. This groundbreaking study, “Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California,” was conducted as part of LLNL’s expansive energy programs work and the...