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News Briefs: April 24, 2009

April 24, 2009- 
Employer partnership with Army Reserve The Laboratory, along with three Bay Area cities, four companies and a community college, has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Army Reserve’s, Northern California Employer Partnership Initiative.  Bill Bruner, director of Government and External Relations, represented LLNL at the signing ceremony Tuesday, at Camp Parks in...

NIF's Gina Bonanno inducted into Women's Hall of Fame

April 24, 2009- 
LIVERMORE — It’s not easy for a woman to succeed in the field of laser physics. But Alameda County’s Women’s Hall of Fame is sure that the career of LLNL’s Gina Bonanno is a successful one.This weekend, Bonanno will be inducted into the county’s Women’s Hall of Fame as the top nominee in the Science category.Bonanno has been a trailblazer at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) for the past...

Lawrence Livermore Lab signs employer partnership agreement with Army Reserve

April 24, 2009- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Army Reserve to participate in the Northern California Employer Partnership Initiative. A signing ceremony took place Tuesday, April 21, at Camp Parks in Dublin, Calif. The Employer Partnership Initiative was launched in April 2008 to formalize the relationship between the Army Reserve...

NNSA highlights 30 years of LLNL's National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center

April 22, 2009- 
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today marked the 30th anniversary of the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center, also known as NARAC. Located at NNSA's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), NARAC provides near-real-time computer predictions of the transport and deposition of hazardous airborne materials. "NARAC is a key component...

Carlisle recognized for precision engineering

April 17, 2009- 
In a career spanning two countries, engineer Keith Carlisle has sought to span the conceptual world of the research and academic community and the practical needs of industry and defense manufacturing. Perhaps that's why Livermore is such a good fit for the British-born mechanical engineer and why he has been asked to bring the full breadth of his experience and skills in precision...

Secretary Chu lauds role of security labs

April 17, 2009- 
The U.S. national security laboratories are charged with "incredibly important missions" and those missions will continue for the foreseeable future. That viewpoint, from U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, was presented on April 10 in a speech to Sandia National Laboratories employees in Albuquerque, N.M.  Chu's talk also was broadcast to employees at other national laboratories, including...

Study shows seed persistence well-grounded

April 17, 2009- 
Seeds of some tree species in the Panamanian tropical forest can survive for more than 30 years before germinating. That is 10 times longer than most field botanists had believed. Using the Lab's Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry to measure the amount of carbon-14 in seeds of the trees Croton billbergianus (Euphorbiaceae), Trema micrantha (Celtidaceae) and Zanthoxylum...

The Lab's Five-Year Roadmap: The next steps

April 17, 2009- 
We have just completed version 1.0 of the Laboratory's five-year roadmap. During the process we took a hard look at evolving national priorities and defined new areas where the Lab can place its science, technology and engineering (ST&E) capability in the service of emerging 21st century priorities and enduring 20th century missions. A tremendous amount of energy and creativity was unleashed...

Look to the stars in honor of Dark Sky Week

April 17, 2009- 
If you turn your porch light off or dim it, you may be able to see more stars on a given night — even if you live in a highly populated area. That's what astronomers and other scientists are asking during International Dark Sky Week, April 20-26. International Dark Sky Week celebrates the heritage of the nighttime sky by encouraging people to turn out unnecessary lights on their property...

'Science on Saturday' travels to Hayward

April 17, 2009- 
Lab scientist Christopher Ebbers will present "Communicating at the Speed of Light," on Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. at CSU East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward.  The lecture is part of the Lab's popular "Science on Saturday" series, geared for middle- and high school-students.Ebbers will discuss how the tremendous increase in the speed of information transfer takes place due to the...

'Science on Saturday' travels to Hayward

April 17, 2009- 
Lab scientist Christopher Ebbers will present "Communicating at the Speed of Light," on Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. at CSU East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward.  The lecture is part of the Lab's popular "Science on Saturday" series, geared for middle- and high school-students.Ebbers will discuss how the tremendous increase in the speed of information transfer takes place due to the...

News Briefs: April 17, 2009

April 17, 2009- 
NARAC to celebrate 30-year anniversaryThe Laboratory's National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary at a special celebration, Wednesday, April 22, in Bldg. 170.NARAC opened its doors in 1979 during the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. Now, 30 years later, scientists are using advanced models to predict the impacts of atmospheric, biological,...

News Briefs: April 17, 2009

April 17, 2009- 
NARAC to celebrate 30-year anniversaryThe Laboratory's National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary at a special celebration, Wednesday, April 22, in Bldg. 170.NARAC opened its doors in 1979 during the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. Now, 30 years later, scientists are using advanced models to predict the impacts of atmospheric, biological,...

News Briefs: April 17, 2009

April 17, 2009- 
NARAC to celebrate 30-year anniversaryThe Laboratory's National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary at a special celebration, Wednesday, April 22, in Bldg. 170.NARAC opened its doors in 1979 during the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. Now, 30 years later, scientists are using advanced models to predict the impacts of atmospheric, biological,...

Corals may be oldest living marine organism

April 10, 2009- 
Deep-sea corals from about 400 meters off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands are much older than once believed and some may be the oldest living marine organisms known to man.Researchers from the Laboratory, Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Cruz have determined that two groups of Hawaiian deep-sea corals are far older than previously recorded.Using the Lab's Center...

Corals may be oldest living marine organism

April 10, 2009- 
Deep-sea corals from about 400 meters off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands are much older than once believed and some may be the oldest living marine organisms known to man.Researchers from the Laboratory, Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Cruz have determined that two groups of Hawaiian deep-sea corals are far older than previously recorded.Using the Lab's Center...

Corals may be oldest living marine organism

April 10, 2009- 
Deep-sea corals from about 400 meters off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands are much older than once believed and some may be the oldest living marine organisms known to man.Researchers from the Laboratory, Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Cruz have determined that two groups of Hawaiian deep-sea corals are far older than previously recorded.Using the Lab's Center...

Brightest galaxies grew early after Big Bang

April 10, 2009- 
Contrary to popular belief, the stellar mass of the largest galaxies, called bright cluster galaxies, experienced an early period of rapid growth 9 billion years ago, some 4 billion years after the Big Bang. In fact, the galaxies achieved more than 90 percent of their final stellar mass at the time they were observed, and are not significantly different from their stellar mass today. The...

Tiny algae could play big environmental role

April 10, 2009- 
Scientists from two-dozen research organizations led by the Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have decoded genomes of two algal strains, highlighting the genes enabling them to capture carbon and maintain its delicate balance in the oceans. These findings, from a team led by Alexandra Worden of MBARI and...

Tips for a safe and secure trip with your laptop

April 10, 2009- 
Each week, 12,000 laptops are lost or stolen in U.S. airports adding up to some 630,000 a year, according to a study commissioned by the computer maker Dell. The study, which focused on business travelers, reported that the highest rate of loss was in large airports, such as Los Angeles, where 1,200 laptops are lost or stolen each week. Of those stolen or lost, only 33 percent are...