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Computing pioneer to speak

March 9, 2001 -  
In addition to many of the Lab’s own top scientists’ presentations, Science Day will host Larry Smarr as its plenary speaker. Smarr’s talk, “From the Supercomputer to the Grid,” will be held at 9 a.m. in the Bldg. 123 auditorium, along with the other Science Day presentations. (See http://stars...

Model research for climate change

Feb. 23, 2001 -  
What will the results of the “greenhouse effect” be in five, 10 or 50 years? On the world? On the United States? On the Tri-Valley specifically? What would happen if one or more of the suggested steps to stem this effect were taken by California, the entire United States or by the world? These...

Steering group appointed to oversee development of upcoming employee survey

Feb. 23, 2001 -  
Development of a comprehensive survey of employee views of the work environment is intensifying following the conclusion of the recent senior management off-site and discussions with several focus groups to identify important workforce issues. A steering group has been named to develop the survey...

Lab physicist writes the book on how to put your science to work

Feb. 23, 2001 -  
Graduate students and recent Ph.D.s in a wide range of sciences recently crowded into a large lecture room at the American Geophysical Union’s meeting in San Francisco to get some advice on a topic of increasing concern: What are my career options? The person they had come to hear was Peter Fiske,...

The Future Of Transportation From Rails To Rockets: Magnetic Levitation

Feb. 20, 2001 -  
--Livermore Laboratory "Science 2001" Lecture-- LIVERMORE, Calif.—Magnetic levitation could lead to major improvements in current rail systems in which trains would travel faster and more efficiently, says retired LLNL scientist Dick Post. The future uses of magnetic levitation will be discussed...

Biomaterials research leading to implants that will promote body's 'normal healing'

Feb. 16, 2001 -  
“At the start of the 21st century, biology is where the excitement is. It was physics in the first half of the 20th century, but biology is where we’re now seeing the big breakthroughs,” said Buddy Ratner of the University of Washington. Ratner’s reasons for this observation were the subject of his...

Energy crunch refuels nuclear debate

Feb. 16, 2001 -  
With energy demands growing to meet the needs of an expanding global economy, nuclear power is undergoing a “renaissance,” according to Denis Beller, a nuclear engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Nuclear power is now in resurgence,” Beller said. “Nuclear power plants in the United States...

Lab closer to understanding nebula

Feb. 16, 2001 -  
Scientists may be closer to understanding the formation of the famous Eagle Nebula columns of galactic gases and dust, thanks to the recent analysis of Lab physicists Jave Kane, Dmitri Ryutov and Bruce Remington. “In computer simulations, our revised Rayleigh-Taylor model shows it has a very good...

Fruits of Human Genome Project�s efforts highlighted in issues of Nature, Science

Feb. 16, 2001 -  
Issues of Science and Nature magazine this week contain detailed analyses of the human genome sequence working draft. The Nature papers analyze the sequence generated by the publicly sponsored U.S. Human Genome Project (HGP), while the Science publications focus on the draft sequence reported by...

White House Asks David M. Cooper To Serve On PITAC Again

Feb. 15, 2001 -  
LIVERMORE, Calif. —Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Dr. David M. Cooper has been invited by George W. Bush to continue to serve on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. PITAC was established in February 1997 to advise the White House on information-technology matters,...

Kuckuck finally ready ‘to play’

Feb. 9, 2001 -  
By Lynda Seaver Newsline staff writer With his retirement barely a reality, Bob Kuckuck says he is beginning to feel a little awkward. Since making his announcement in November, he has attracted the attention of the local newspapers, along with ongoing reminders in Newsline and NewsOnLine. He also...

MA and PA buses almost ready to roll into NIF

Feb. 9, 2001 -  
By Sue Stephenson Newsline correspondent At the end of January, the first pair of amplifier buses was produced in the high bay of Bldg. 381 and shipped to Bldg. 493, a storage area for the National Ignition Facility (NIF). These massive enclosures will house the first bundle of NIF amplifiers. The...

Integrated Desktop Model will streamline support

Feb. 9, 2001 -  
One of the major challenges for a chief information officer, in any enterprise-computing environment, is improving efficiencies in desktop computing support. At LLNL, this challenge is compounded by a heterogeneous computing environment composed of three predominant computing platforms: Macintosh,...

Organizational changes reflect increased emphasis on Lab operations issues By Lynda Seaver Newsline staff writer

Feb. 2, 2001 -  
A new administration, a new direction for the National Nuclear Security Administration, a new structure within the University of California and a new contract for operation of the Laboratory are just a few of the factors which were considered in designing the organizational changes announced by...

Lab to celebrate its science

Feb. 2, 2001 -  
The Laboratory will showcase its latest scientific and technological accomplishments for employees, Department of Energy dignitaries and invited guests during a special “Science Day,” scheduled for Wednesday, March 21. “We are looking forward to this event as a great opportunity to highlight our...

A blast from the past at NTS

Feb. 2, 2001 -  
The mushroom clouds and the underground tremors are long gone, and the site that once hosted these “events” now shows hints of ghost town stature. While the Nevada Test Site still plays an important role in national security and stockpile stewardship, it is the rumblings of the past for which the...

Lab responds to employee class action

Feb. 2, 2001 -  
A case involving alleged employment discrimination moved forward earlier this week. An Alameda County Superior Court judge has granted class action status to six women who filed a lawsuit charging the Regents of the University of California with employment discrimination at the Laboratory. In...