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Two LLNL scientists honored as 2022 Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership fellows

Jan. 25, 2022 - 
The Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP) has selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory computer scientist Kathryn Mohror and materials scientist T. Yong Han as 2022 fellows. Established in 2017, OSELP is a distinguished fellowship program that brings together exceptional leaders to explore the complexities, challenges and opportunities facing the national lab...

Breaking down the barriers in all solid-state batteries

Jan. 24, 2022 - 
Solid electrolytes may overcome key technological hurdles associated with the narrow electrochemical and thermal stability of conventional lithium (Li)-ion and sodium (Na)-ion batteries. However, many solid electrolytes — ceramics in particular — also suffer from poor cycling issues and limitations in their ability to efficiently transport ions. These limitations often stem from...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's '2021 Year in Review'

Jan. 21, 2022 - 
While the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to be felt, 2021 marked an exceptional year for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in science, technology and operations. LLNL’s month-by-month highlights from 2021 are available online in the "2021 Year in Review" edition of Newsline. Listings are in three categories: Science and Technology, People and Operations. The...

Journal highlights Lab testing of 3D-printed COVID-19 nasal swabs

Jan. 21, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s work on consumables for COVID-19 testing was highlighted in a recent special issue of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Bulletin focusing on materials science innovation in response to the pandemic. Guest-edited with an introduction by Crystal Chu (Lehigh University), Claire Witherel (University of Pennsylvania) and LLNL research scientist...

LLNL thin film engineer named fellow of SPIE

Jan. 20, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Christopher Stolz has been elected as a fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Stolz, an associate program manager in charge of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) optics supply, has worked at LLNL in the laser directorate as a thin film engineer for more than 30 years; first in AVLIS and then NIF. “I...

Larry Durham selected as LLNL’s chief human capital officer and Human Resources associate director

Jan. 19, 2022 - 
Larry Durham has been named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) new chief human capital officer and associate director for Human Resources (HR AD). The selection was announced today by LLNL Director Kimberly Budil and Principal Associate Director for Operations & Business Cynthia Rivera and will be effective Jan. 24, 2022. As chief human capital officer, Durham will have...

Research looks at ‘piston-model’ to understand impacts of asymmetry on ICF implosions

Jan. 19, 2022 - 
New research conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) explores the expansion of a classical mechanics model, which has been useful for understanding asymmetries in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) implosions, from a two-piston to a six-piston model to capture higher-mode asymmetries. The work is featured in the Physics of Plasmas. LLNL authors included Omar...

Lab researchers and collaborators to develop new vaccine against three biothreat pathogens

Jan. 18, 2022 - 
Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and three other institutions are seeking to develop a multi-pathogen vaccine that will protect against three bacterial biothreat pathogens. Led by LLNL, the team includes disease experts from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC), the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and the U.S...

Ironing out the interiors of exoplanets

Jan. 13, 2022 - 
The discovery of more than 4,500 extra-solar planets has created a need for modelling their interior structure and dynamics. As it turns out, iron plays a key role. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators have used lasers at the National Ignition Facility to experimentally determine the high-pressure melting curve and structural properties of pure iron up...

Lawrence Livermore makes Glassdoor’s 2022 ‘Best Places to Work’ list

Jan. 12, 2022 - 
For the fourth consecutive year, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2022. The Employees Choice Award, now in its 14th year, is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their job, work environment and...

Lab’s ACT-UP awards focus on collaborative university research

Jan. 12, 2022 - 
With a focus on increasing joint research efforts between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and universities, the Lab’s Weapon Physics and Design (WPD) Academic Collaboration Team University Program (ACT-UP) has presented this year’s ACT-UP awards. Now in its third year, the ACT-UP awards were created to encourage and advance strategic partnerships among universities with a focus on...

Pandora mission to study stars and exoplanets continues toward flight

Jan. 11, 2022 - 
The Pandora mission, co-led by a national laboratory and a NASA flight center, has passed a crucial step on its path to study stars and planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets. After a successful concept study report and system requirements review, NASA approved the mission to continue toward flight. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight...

Unprecedented multiscale model of protein behavior linked to cancer-causing mutations

Jan. 10, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers and a multi-institutional team of scientists have developed a highly detailed, machine learning-backed multiscale model revealing the importance of lipids to the signaling dynamics of RAS, a family of proteins whose mutations are linked to numerous cancers. Published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the paper...

LLNL scientist honored as 2022 American Astronomical Society fellow

Jan. 7, 2022 - 
LLNL physicist Richard Klein has been selected as a 2022 fellow of the American Astronomical Society. Klein, who was selected “for broad and influential contributions to computational astrophysics, for scientific achievements on radiatively-driven stellar winds and star formation theory and for training a generation of students and postdoctoral scholars,” is one of 23 members honored...

Fire may increase long-term carbon storage

Jan. 6, 2022 - 
Wildfires and prescribed burns, which can promote soil organic matter stability, may be an important nature-based climate solution to increase long-term carbon storage. That is the conclusion of an international team of researchers, including a scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), who looked at the effect of wildfires and prescribed burns on the global carbon cycle...

Year in Review: Top 10 LLNL Tweets of 2021

Dec. 30, 2021 - 
It’s almost a wrap for 2021. Here's a countdown of the top 10 LLNL tweets of the year. Are you on Twitter? Follow LLNL at @Livermore_Lab. #10: A team from #LLNL successfully collected data from the recent operational test of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base. Read more #9: We...

Lost in space: Rocky planets formed from missing solar system material

Dec. 22, 2021 - 
By looking at the range of isotopic variations in terrestrial and meteoritic samples, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist and collaborators have figured out that Earth and Mars formed by collisions of planetary embryos originating from the inner solar system. Rocky planets may have formed by two fundamentally different processes, but it is unclear which one built...

Miller receives John S. Foster Jr. Medal in honor of decades of iconic service

Dec. 20, 2021 - 
Laboratory director emeritus George Miller recently was awarded the sixth John S. Foster, Jr. Medal for his long service to Lawrence Livermore and contributions to the nation’s security. In a hybrid ceremony Nov. 30, a series of prominent scientific leaders detailed Miller’s career and impact on the U.S. nuclear deterrent, the stockpile stewardship program (SSP) and the National Ignition...

LLNL establishes AI Innovation Incubator to advance artificial intelligence for applied science

Dec. 20, 2021 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has established the AI Innovation Incubator (AI3), a collaborative hub aimed at uniting experts in artificial intelligence (AI) from LLNL, industry and academia to advance AI for large-scale scientific and commercial applications. LLNL has entered into a new memoranda of understanding with Google, IBM and NVIDIA, with plans to use the incubator...

Digital twins for cancer patients could be ‘paradigm shift’ for predictive oncology

Dec. 16, 2021 - 
A multi-institutional team, including a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) contributor, has proposed a framework for digital twin models of cancer patients that researchers say would create a “paradigm shift” for predictive oncology. Published online in Nature Medicine on Nov. 25, the proposed framework for Cancer Patient Digital Twins (CPDTs) — virtual representations of cancer...