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Lab's Ray Pierce recalls service in Afghanistan

July 17, 2009- 
At an age when some people are contemplating retirement, Ray Pierce decided to head in a different direction — to Afghanistan.In 2004, the then-54-year-old Lab mechanical engineer and West Point Academy graduate was reading news articles about the impact on retention of multiple deployments of U.S. military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan."September 11 had happened and that had changed...

Lab's Ray Pierce recalls service in Afghanistan

July 17, 2009- 
At an age when some people are contemplating retirement, Ray Pierce decided to head in a different direction — to Afghanistan.In 2004, the then-54-year-old Lab mechanical engineer and West Point Academy graduate was reading news articles about the impact on retention of multiple deployments of U.S. military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan."September 11 had happened and that had changed...

Lab report shows 2008 U.S. energy use dropped

July 17, 2009- 
Americans used more solar, nuclear, biomass and wind energy in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by the Laboratory. The nation used less coal and petroleum during the same time frame and only slightly increased its natural gas consumption. Geothermal energy use remained the same.The estimated U.S. energy use in 2008 equaled 99.2 quadrillion...

Lab report shows 2008 U.S. energy use dropped

July 17, 2009- 
Americans used more solar, nuclear, biomass and wind energy in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by the Laboratory. The nation used less coal and petroleum during the same time frame and only slightly increased its natural gas consumption. Geothermal energy use remained the same.The estimated U.S. energy use in 2008 equaled 99.2 quadrillion...

Metz assesses challenge of defeating IEDs

July 17, 2009- 
"These are among the most dangerous weapons killing our soldiers today."With these ominous words, Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz described the work he oversees as the director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) in trying to outsmart an enemy's use of homemade bombs."Attack the network, defeat the device, train the force" is JIEDDO's motto.But Metz admitted that his...

Kennedy Reed to receive presidential award

July 17, 2009- 
Kennedy Reed has been named by President Obama as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering Mentoring.Reed is a theoretical physicist at the Laboratory, working in research on atomic collisions in high temperature plasmas. He has been a leader in national efforts to increase opportunities for minority students and professionals in the sciences...

LLNS Community Gift Program

July 17, 2009- 
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) is conducting its annual community gift program to benefit local and area nonprofit organizations for 2009. The deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 5.The program provides up to $100,000 in funding to support organizations addressing science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) education, community-service and...

LLNS Community Gift Program

July 17, 2009- 
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) is conducting its annual community gift program to benefit local and area nonprofit organizations for 2009. The deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 5.The program provides up to $100,000 in funding to support organizations addressing science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) education, community-service and...

News Briefs: July 17, 2009

July 17, 2009- 
Labs see fit to compete in ‘Active for Life’ The third annual Lab "Active For Life" (AFL) campaign celebrated another successful finish line event Tuesday. Team members gathered at the employee picnic area for a healthy lunch and heard results of the 10-week competition that inspired many employees to exercise regularly, eat more sensibly and find positive ways to reduce...

Lawrence Livermore Lab physicist to receive Presidential Award For Excellence

July 14, 2009- 
Kennedy Reed, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been named by President Obama as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering Mentoring. Reed is a theoretical physicist at the Laboratory, working in research on atomic collisions in high temperature plasmas. He has been a leader in national efforts to increase...

Geothermal energy program gains steam

July 10, 2009- 
Twenty years ago, the Lab had a thriving geothermal program. But as funding dwindled, the program did as well.But thanks to a new flow  of money from the Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program Office, the LLNL research will soon flourish again.Earlier this year, DOE issued a call for proposals. Each national lab was allowed to submit four proposals and Livermore had three out of...

Geothermal energy program gains steam

July 10, 2009- 
Twenty years ago, the Lab had a thriving geothermal program. But as funding dwindled, the program did as well.But thanks to a new flow  of money from the Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program Office, the LLNL research will soon flourish again.Earlier this year, DOE issued a call for proposals. Each national lab was allowed to submit four proposals and Livermore had three out of...

Geothermal energy program gains steam

July 10, 2009- 
Twenty years ago, the Lab had a thriving geothermal program. But as funding dwindled, the program did as well.But thanks to a new flow  of money from the Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program Office, the LLNL research will soon flourish again.Earlier this year, DOE issued a call for proposals. Each national lab was allowed to submit four proposals and Livermore had three out of...

Geothermal energy program gains steam

July 10, 2009- 
Twenty years ago, the Lab had a thriving geothermal program. But as funding dwindled, the program did as well.But thanks to a new flow  of money from the Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program Office, the LLNL research will soon flourish again.Earlier this year, DOE issued a call for proposals. Each national lab was allowed to submit four proposals and Livermore had three out of...

DOE recognizes 'outstanding' Lab mentors

July 10, 2009- 
Last week, nine Lawrence Livermore Laboratory scientists received the Department of Energy's (DOE) Outstanding Mentor Award for the summer of 2008. The awards were presented by LLNL Director George Miller.The 2008 DOE Outstanding Mentor Award recipients are: Joshua Kuntz, Nerine Cherepy, Ross Williams, Michael Stadermann and Stephan Letts, all of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate...

Livermore poet laureate's ode to rising star

July 10, 2009- 
Poets often look to the stars, peering deep into the night sky for inspiration. But Livermore's new poet laureate, Charan Sue Wollard, has found stellar inspiration in an unusual place — the Lab's National Ignition Facility. At her recent installation ceremony in the Livermore city council chambers, Wollard read a composition titled "Stellar Gest" inspired by NIF's ambition to bring star...

Lab team excels at U.S. SWAT championship

July 10, 2009- 
Performing under fire — live fire — is the essence of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team competitions and the Laboratory's Special Response Team can count itself among the nation's elite.LLNL's Special Response Team (SRT) finished third at the U.S. National SWAT Championships, an international competition, narrowly ceding to the first place team from Canada and second place counter...

Lab team excels at U.S. SWAT championship

July 10, 2009- 
Performing under fire — live fire — is the essence of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team competitions and the Laboratory's Special Response Team can count itself among the nation's elite.LLNL's Special Response Team (SRT) finished third at the U.S. National SWAT Championships, an international competition, narrowly ceding to the first place team from Canada and second place counter...

'Science Chats' features Ed Moses on NIF

July 10, 2009- 
Ed Moses, director of the National Ignition Facility, will present the next lecture in the "Science Chats" series entitled "Creating a Star on Earth: the National Ignition Facility" on Wednesday, July 15, 7–8:30 p.m. at the Livermore Public Library, Civic Center, Craft Room.The National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest, highest-energy laser, is here in the Tri-Valley at Lawrence...

'Science Chats' features Ed Moses on NIF

July 10, 2009- 
Ed Moses, director of the National Ignition Facility, will present the next lecture in the "Science Chats" series entitled "Creating a Star on Earth: the National Ignition Facility" on Wednesday, July 15, 7–8:30 p.m. at the Livermore Public Library, Civic Center, Craft Room.The National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest, highest-energy laser, is here in the Tri-Valley at Lawrence...