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Majority of employees 'proud to be associated' with Lab

Sept. 7, 2001- 
More than 80 percent of the workforce says it is "proud to be associated" with the Laboratory, according to results from the employee survey, "Assess-ing the Workplace." Laboratory employees, on the whole, gave high marks for the level of safety at LLNL, their work role and involvement, and overall job satisfaction and commitment...

Majority of employees 'proud to be associated' with Lab— Lab will decipher data to decide course of action

Sept. 7, 2001- 
After the results from the employee survey, "Assessing the Workplace" were unveiled, Associate Director for Administration Jan Tulk assured employees gathered in the Bldg. 123 auditorium and watching on live Lab TV that action will be forthcoming based on those results. Tulk thanked employees for "exceeding expectations" on the number...

Brown bag discussion on diversity workshop

Sept. 7, 2001- 
A daylong diversity workshop initiated by NNSA’s Gen. John Gordon for administrators and personnel from Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories was held Aug. 24 in Albuquerque, N. M. The meeting was attended by 16 LLNL representatives, including Jeff Wadsworth, Deputy Director for Science and Technology. The...

Results of employee survey will be unveiled next week at special all-hands meeting

Aug. 31, 2001- 
Results of the recent employee survey, "Assessing the Workplace," will be unveiled next week during a special all-hands meeting at 2 p.m. in Bldg. 123, Thursday afternoon, Sept. 6. All employees are encouraged to attend or watch the live broadcast on Lab TV Channel 2. International Survey Research, the firm that conducted the survey, will...

Business incubator begins life at Lab

Aug. 31, 2001- 
Got an interesting idea for a business but have no idea how to go about opening your own company? Try the Tri-Valley Enterprise Center (TTEC), a joint effort between the Tri-Valley Business Council, Livermore and Sandia labs, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the City of Livermore, the office of Rep. Ellen Tauscher and the Department...

Labs pledge collaboration to resolve diversity issues

Aug. 31, 2001- 
A daylong diversity workshop for managers and other personnel from Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories concluded with each laboratory agreeing to take the lead role in combined efforts to address one of three major diversity issues, and ensure that necessary actions are taken to follow up. The three major issues...

Tauscher vows continued support for labs

Aug. 31, 2001- 
With a precarious hold on the national laboratories in her district, Rep. Ellen Tauscher took a break from her redistricting battles Wednesday to chat with employees, vowing to continue fighting for the labs when she returns to Washington next week. At the start of her one-hour town hall meeting at Sandia, Tauscher noted that as of...

Lab garners 8 of 11 UC campus-lab collaborative projects and exchanges

Aug. 24, 2001- 
Laboratory researchers have been awarded eight of UC’s 11 recently announced research projects and exchanges to be carried out collaboratively between laboratories and university campuses. Among the projects, researchers will probe a pathogen implicated in respiratory, heart and Alzheimer’s diseases, develop a laser approach to diagnosing...

Lab collaborations get $23 million to advance science research on supercomputers

Aug. 24, 2001- 
The Lab has received more than $23 million to research a variety of subjects from supernovae to climate modeling to plasma microturbulence to supercomputer simulation tools. The funds are part of a series of grants from the Department of Energy through its new Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program. The...

Lab expertise helps blow open bomber case

Aug. 24, 2001- 
Laboratory expertise in forensic analysis played a key role in the recent conviction of "Fremont bomber" Rodney Blach, according to an Alameda County district attorney. Blach was found guilty of 11 felony counts, including attempted murder, by a jury June 1 after an 11-week trial. He was arrested in October 1999 and charged with...

Amplifiers are NIF's crown joules

Aug. 24, 2001- 
Amplifiers are to NIF, what the heart is to the human body; they pump energy into the system. NIF amplifiers increase the optical energy of each of the 192 laser beams from one joule to 20,000 joules. NIF is 40 times more powerful than its predecessor, Nova, due to its multipass amplifier architecture. Because amplifiers are so...

Astrophysicists Receive $2 Million From Department Of Energy To Explore Supernovae

Aug. 20, 2001- 
LIVERMORE, Calif.— Scientists from Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories, the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Arizona have received a $2 million, three-year grant from the Department of Energy to research supernovae, the cataclysmic deaths of stars. A supernova is one of nature’s most awesome spectacles, literally the explosion of a star...

Dr. Edward Teller Honored With Revived Hungarian Corvin Medal

Aug. 17, 2001- 
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Dr. Edward Teller, the world-famous physicist best known for his work in atomic and nuclear physics, was honored this week with the Hungarian Corvin Medal, bestowed by the Hungarian government for exceptional achievement in the arts and sciences. The award was presented in a private ceremony before a standing-room-only gathering at Teller’s home at Stanford...

Teller receives rare historic medal for arts and science

Aug. 17, 2001- 
Dr. Edward Teller, LLNL Director Emeritus, was honored this week with the Hungarian Corvin Medal, an honor bestowed by the Hungarian government for exceptional achievement in the arts and sciences. The award was presented in a private ceremony before a standing-room-only gathering in Teller’s home at Stanford University. Delegates...

Gordon calls for rebuilding trust, cooperation

Aug. 17, 2001- 
The National Nuclear Security Administration needs to promote leadership, trust building and communication with minority communities at the nation’s nuclear security laboratories. That was the message NNSA Administrator Gen. John Gordon sent Wednesday as he addressed a full Sandia auditorium on "The Importance of Diversity Within...

Door opens to new explosives test era at Site 300

Aug. 17, 2001- 
With the symbolic unsealing and opening of the 22-ton mechanized door, more than 200 dignitaries, employees and community guests witnessed Wednesday’s dedication of Site 300’s new Contained Firing Facility (CFF). The CFF, with its 2880 cubic meter firing chamber, allows Lab scientists to conduct indoor high-explosives tests with multiple...

ASCI White partnership celebrated

Aug. 17, 2001- 
Hailing ASCI White as the "foundation of science-based Stockpile Stewardship," NNSA Administrator Gen. John Gordon led the formal unveiling Wednesday of the world’s fastest supercomputer. "Today we mark the dedication of a tool that is important on so many levels — to the sustained future of our national security and nuclear...

Physicists Challenge Reports of Accelerated Decay of Nuclear Excited State

Aug. 13, 2001- 
LIVERMORE, Calif.—Physicists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists at Los Alamos and Argonne national laboratories, have new results that strongly contradict recent reports claiming an accelerated emission of gamma rays from the nuclear isomer 31-yr. hafnium-178, and the opportunity for a controlled release of energy. The triggering source in...

Lab honors Lawrence and his legacy

Aug. 10, 2001- 
There wasn’t any cake, but plenty of people were on hand to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lab founder Ernest O. Lawrence. The ceremony was held Wednesday in the Visitors Center. NAI Associate Director Wayne Shotts opened the event by commenting on Lawrence’s life and legacies. He also introduced Lawrence’s daughter, Mary...

Astronomer's effort to find first atoms sheds light on cosmic 'Dark Age'

Aug. 10, 2001- 
Using light from the most distant object known, astronomers have found traces of the first generation of atoms in the universe, 14 billion light years from Earth. The observations are the first of the cosmic "Dark Age" between the Big Bang and the first visible stars and galaxies and allow astronomers to set a date for the complete reionization...