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Lawrence Livermore researchers capture five awards for top industrial innovations

July 6, 2004- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. —Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have captured five awards for developing advanced technologies with commercial potential. Five teams of LLNL researchers, including two with industrial or university collaborators, have won plaques from the trade journal R&D Magazine for being among the top 100 industrial innovations worldwide for 2003. This year’s R&D...

Control room at the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

July 1, 2004- 
NARAC Expands its Reach Project Aims at Minimizing Chemical-Biological Weapons Casualties In a boost for homeland security, the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC) will soon be able to track and predict the movement of chemical and biological agents and other hazardous material indoors as well as outdoors. The expanded capability is the result of a two-year...

Lawrence Livermore, Tracy Fire Sign Mutual Aid Agreement

June 28, 2004- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Tracy Fire Department have signed a formal agreement to provide mutual aid in fighting fires and other emergency response. The agreement provides additional firefighting power and quicker response to areas in and around the Laboratory’s Site 300 experimental test site, near the Tracy border, as well as portions of Interstate 580. Tracy Fire...

Director's Statement on Selection of Steven Chu as LBNL Director

June 17, 2004- 
"I want to extend my personal congratulations to Steven Chu on his selection today as the sixth director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory," said Director Michael Anastasio. "Steve is a remarkable scientist and I look forward to working with him to build on the long history of collaboration between our laboratories."< Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a...

JGI, VBI Help Unravel Sudden Oak Death and Soybean Disease; Gene Sequence Will Produce Major Benefits for Forestry and Agriculture

June 10, 2004- 
WALNUT CREEK, CA—Researchers are closer now to thwarting two related plant pathogens, one causing "Sudden Oak Death" (SOD) and another responsible for a devastating soybean disease, thanks to the DNA sequence produced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), in collaboration with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI). The projects received nearly $4...

Statement on Secretary Abraham's Security Initiatives for the Department of Energy

May 7, 2004- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory wholeheartedly supports the initiatives announced today by Secretary Spencer Abraham. We share the Secretary's commitment to enhanced security and to ensuring a safe laboratory. Over the past year, we have continually sought ways to improve our security posture and to apply the best industry practices. We look forward to working closely with the...

Lab Engineer Jose M. Hernandez Selected as NASA Astronaut Candidate

May 6, 2004- 
Jose M. Hernandez, on leave from the Laboratory to work at NASA, is one of 11 men and women selected by NASA today to join the 2004 Astronaut Candidate Class. Hernandez, an electrical engineer at the Lab for 15 years before taking a leave of absence to join NASA, had interviewed as a potential astronaut candidate two times before getting the nod. NASA officials were so impressed with his...

Two Livermore Scientists Earn Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

May 4, 2004- 
WASHINGTON D.C. - Edmond Chow and Christine Orme today will be honored with the 2002 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) as science's foundation for the future . The two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers, who were nominated by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science for outstanding work they have achieved early in their careers and...

Livermore Scientist Contributes to Study of Link Between Aerosols and Cloud Formation

April 29, 2004- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - A team of scientists, including Lawrence Livermore computer scientist David Stevens, led by researchers from NASA Ames Research Center have discovered a link between tropical anvil cirrus clouds and mid-tropospheric aerosols. This link has important ramifications for the understanding of climate change. The team, with additional collaborators from the National Center...

Livermore Scientists Contribute to New Measurements of Stratospheric Ozone Present in the Upper Troposphere

April 8, 2004- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - A team of scientists, including two from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have identified a new method to measure the amount of stratospheric ozone that is present at any given time in the upper troposphere. Working with researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Colorado, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the...

Better Techniques Needed to Predict Earthquake Hazards, UC Study Finds

April 8, 2004- 
Current methods for estimating the ground-shaking effects of major earthquakes could underestimate their severity and lead to inadequate seismic protection of new and existing buildings, according to a pioneering study of earthquake hazards at three University of California campuses – Riverside (UCR), San Diego (UCSD), and Santa Barbara (UCSB). The study, reported in the April issue of...

Gene-Rich Human Chromosomes 19 Sequence Completed

March 31, 2004- 
Walnut Creek, CA--The United States Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and Stanford University report today the completion of the sequencing of human chromosome 19, the most gene-rich of all the human chromosomes. This achievement is described in the April 1, 2004 edition of the journal Nature. "Culminating 18 years of research, this partnership exemplifies DOE’s...

Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair Winners Selected (2004)

March 29, 2004- 
More than 350 local students in grades 7 through 12 competed for cash and other prizes at the 8th annual Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair (TVSEF). Judging took place on Thursday, March 25, at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center in San Ramon with awards distributed during a ceremony that evening. More than 100 local scientists, engineers, and science teachers, served as fair...

Livermore Research Highlighted at Annual American Chemical Society Meeting

March 26, 2004- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - The study of nanoparticle contaminants traveling through water and soils. A pathogen detector smaller than a human hair that can detect chemical and biological toxins. An atom-counting technique that can detect very small amounts of long-lived radioactive elements like plutonium and uranium. These are just a few of the research projects highlighted as more than 50...

Markowitz Tapped for Joint Genome Institute Chief Informatics Officer

March 15, 2004- 
WALNUT CREEK, CA - The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) today (March 15) announced that Victor M. Markowitz, D.Sc., has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Informatics Officer. Markowitz returns to the national laboratory environment where he spent a decade developing genomic software tools before a six-year stint in industry. "Among the challenges...

Statement on Quinones/Zipoli Settlement

March 10, 2004- 
The University of California, operator of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has reached a settlement with Protective Force Officer Matthew Zipoli and former Protective Force Officer Charles Quinones. The Lab had fired them in September 2001, because they supported and participated in an August 2001 Protective Force Officer sickout in violation of their leadership...

New University-Laboratory Consortium Seeks to Detect Diseases Before the Onset of Symptoms

March 8, 2004- 
LIVERMORE - People may soon learn if they have an infectious disease or have been exposed to a bioterrorist pathogen, even before they develop symptoms. Rapid diagnoses one to two days after infection, rather than waiting one or even two weeks for symptoms to appear, are a goal of a new Biosignatures Consortium started by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the University of New...

Astrophysicists Use Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics to Determine Large Stars Formed Like Our Sun

Feb. 26, 2004- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - For the first time, scientists from UC Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore, in conjunction with astrophysicists from the California Institute of Technology, UC Santa Cruz, the National Science Foundation's Center for Adaptive Optics and UC's Lick Observatory, have observed that distant larger stars formed in flattened accretion disks just like the sun. Using the laser...

Astrophysicists Observe Anomalies in Makeup of Interplanetary Dust Particle

Feb. 26, 2004- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Washington University have seen carbon and nitrogen anomalies on a particle of interplanetary dust that provides a clue as to how interstellar organic matter was incorporated into the solar system. Interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) gathered from the Earth’s stratosphere are complex collections of primitive...

Researchers Decode Genome of Rabbit Fever Pathogen

Feb. 19, 2004- 
Work Could Lead to Better Vaccines and Treatment of Highly Infectious Disease LIVERMORE, Calif. - Two teams of researchers, one based in the United States and the other in Europe, have decoded the genetic blueprint of the tularemia (rabbit fever) bacterium, a highly infectious human and animal pathogen. The complete genomes of separate strains of Francisella. tularensis were...