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Lawrence Livermore's RadScout Detector Wins Technology Transfer Award

Feb. 16, 2004- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - A unique public-private partnership that helped speed critical homeland security technology to the marketplace has received a 2004 "Excellence in Technology Transfer" award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC). The FLC is a nationwide network of more than 600 national laboratories from 16 federal agencies that recognizes outstanding work in transferring...

LLNL Statement on Miklosy/Messina Allegations

Feb. 10, 2004- 
The news release issued today by Gary Gwilliam on behalf of his clients Les Miklosy and Lucianna Messina does not represent an accurate account of either the National Ignition Facility (NIF) project and its current status, or those individuals' employment circumstances. Mr. Miklosy was a flex-term employee who was terminated for performance reasons. His performance deficiencies were noted...

Elbert Branscomb Selected As Associate Director For Biology and Biotechnology Research

Feb. 9, 2004- 
Elbert Branscomb, the chief scientist for the Department of Energy’s Genome Program and the former director of the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek has been selected as the new Associate Director for Biology and Biotechnology Research (BBRP) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The appointment is effective immediately. Branscomb will replace Bert Weinstein, who has served as...

Resolution Reached in LLNL and Department of Justice Accounting Procedure Issue

Feb. 6, 2004- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory officials and University of California Regents have reached an agreement with the Department of Justice for issues surrounding billing and accounting procedures that occurred in one laboratory program in the Energy Directorate during the 1994 to 1998 time frame. The agreement, signed yesterday by LLNL officials, allows the Laboratory to resolve...

Livermore Scientists Team With Russia To Discover Elements 113 and 115

Feb. 2, 2004- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Scientists from the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute and the Chemical Biology and Nuclear Science Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Russia (JINR), have discovered the two newest super heavy elements, element 113 and element 115. In experiments conducted at the JINR U400...

Livermore Scientists Reveal Details of Reactive States of Water-to-Air Interface

Jan. 29, 2004- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Using the latest terascale ASCI computers, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have revealed details of the reactive states and faster relaxation of molecules at the water-to-air interface. Scientists Christopher Mundy and I-Feng Kuo created the first ab initio calculations of a stable aqueous liquid-vapor interface. The simulations serve as a...

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Lab in Dee Kotla Case: Decision Overturns Earlier Judgment

Jan. 28, 2004- 
The Laboratory has learned today that the California Court of Appeals, First Appellate District, has overturned the judgment in the civil suit, Dee Kotla vs. the Regents of the University of California. During the trial both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of California raised questions regarding prejudicial evidentiary errors in the case. Following the trial, an...

Laser peening induces deep compressive stress, which significantly extends the service lifetime over any conventional treatment. 300 dpi image

Jan. 22, 2004- 
Laser technology expected to produce major savings, reduced maintenance for commercial aircraft parts LIVERMORE, Calif. - There's more life in store for critical components for commercial aircraft. That's the result of an advanced laser peening technology developed by researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a New Jersey firm. The payoff is already proving to be huge...

Livermore Scientists Unveil Melting Point of Iron at Earth's Core

Jan. 21, 2004- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Two scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have discovered that iron in Earth-core conditions melts at a pressure of 225 GPa (or 32 million pounds per square inch) or about 5,100 kelvins (8,720 degrees Fahrenheit). Determining the melting point of iron is essential to determine the temperatures at core boundaries and the crystal structure of the Earth's...

JGI Launches Community Sequencing Program DOE to support DNA sequencing for edgy science

Jan. 20, 2004- 
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is poised for a resounding response to the age-old question, "If we build it, will they come?" Already, collaborators are queuing up to take advantage of one of the world’s most powerful DNA sequencing facilities for the debut of DOE's Community Sequencing Program (CSP). " The primary goal of the CSP is to...

Ray Juzaitis to Join LLNL

Jan. 6, 2004- 
Director Michael Anastasio announced today that Ray Juzaitis, currently associate director for weapons physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be joining the staff at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in the upcoming weeks. While the specific details of his new position are still being defined, it is anticipated that Juzaitis will work on addressing technical challenges in our...

Nadine Horner to Join Lab as External Relations Officer

Dec. 12, 2003- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. – Nadine Horner, president and CEO of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce, has been selected as the External Relations Officer for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As part of the Lab's Public Affairs Office, she will assist the Laboratory's community relations efforts with key local and regional organizations in the broad areas of business, civic and educational...

New Lab Safeguards and Security Department Head

Dec. 4, 2003- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Safeguards & Security Organization Director Dave Leary announced the selection of Russell G. Miller as Department Head for Safeguards and Security, effective immediately. Leary noted that he is "…looking to Russ to provide the leadership, oversight, and direction to create cost-effective security and ensure protection of...

Although Challenges Remain 'Unprecedented' Progess Made in Countering Biological, Chemical Terrorism

Nov. 20, 2003- 
LIVERMORE— Recent progress in technology development to counter biological and chemical terrorism has been "unprecedented," believe three Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers . In a review article published Friday in the journal Science, the LLNL scientists note that while important challenges remain, new detection systems show increased sensitivity, greater automation...

Settlement Reached in Jennings V. UC Regents

Nov. 19, 2003- 
University of California Regents today approved a tentative settlement agreement in Jennings (formerly Singleton) v. Regents, a class action lawsuit at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory alleging gender disparities in pay and promotion. The terms of the settlement, which must still be approved by Alameda County Superior Court, allow for $9.7 million in damages; $80,000 to be...

Small fire occurs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nov. 11, 2003- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. – An operational emergency was declared today when a fire broke out at a laser science facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The fire was quickly extinguished. The emergency was declared at approximately 4:30 p.m. Two Lab engines responded immediately. Mutual aid was requested from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department to provide additional manpower...

Statement on OIG Report on Locks and Keys

Nov. 6, 2003- 
The events covered in this report were unfortunate. But once made aware, senior Laboratory management acted aggressively to correct both key and TESA card issues. Most of the recommendations included in this report already have been put in place . Security risk assessments show only a minimal increased risk to classified information, and there was no evidence that classified...

Former Director Bruce Tarter Named AAAS Fellow

Oct. 30, 2003- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. – Former Laboratory Director Bruce Tarter has been elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science. Tarter is being honored for his "distinguished leadership of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in transforming the science base for post-Cold War national security and for sustained contributions to national science policy,"...

Scientists Find Evolution of Life Helped Keep Earth Habitable

Oct. 30, 2003- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - A trio of scientists including a researcher from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has found that humans may owe the relatively mild climate in which their ancestors evolved to tiny marine organisms with shells and skeletons made out of calcium carbonate. In a paper titled "Carbonate Deposition, Climate Stability and Neoproterozoic Ice Ages" in the Oct. 31...

Hawaii Tech Company Produces Chemical Diagnostic Kits Based on Lawrence Livermore Technology

Oct. 30, 2003- 
A Hawaii-based company has started producing chemical diagnostic kits, based on a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory technology, that permits the U.S. military to check the safety of munitions. The kits, known as field-portable thin-layer chromatography (TLC) units, are produced by Ho'olana Technologies of Hilo, Hawaii. Technology for the TLC kits was developed by researchers in LLNL...