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Lab physicist to lead APS’ plasma physics division

Dec. 23, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Denise Hinkel has been elected vice chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics (DPP). Her term as vice chair began last month and is the first step in a four-year leadership commitment with APS, which culminates with service as APS-DPP chair in year three. As vice chair, Hinkel will lead the fellowship...

Scientists image deformation of copper at the nanoscale

Dec. 20, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, have successfully obtained the first nanoscale video of copper deforming under extremely high strain rates, part of an Army-funded project aimed at designing next-generation armor. Combining a specially designed straining apparatus with LLNL’s Mov...

Mimicking the blood-brain barrier on chip-based device

Dec. 19, 2019- 
Engineers and biologists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory  (LLNL) have made significant strides in modeling the human brain outside the body on a chip, but to truly recreate the effects of drugs or chemical agents on the central nervous system, researchers will need to accurately simulate the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Normally the BBB, the vasculature that regulates the passage...

Understanding the spread and mutation of Zika virus

Dec. 18, 2019- 
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and University of California, Davis researchers has found that outbreaks of human disease, such as the 2015 Zika virus epidemic, may be due to genetic mutation, and viruses may undergo further changes as they expand their geographic range. The question of how Zika virus (ZIKV) changed from a seemingly mild virus to a human pathogen...

Workforce magazine names LLNL 2019 Optimas winner

Dec. 17, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was announced as a winner in the General Excellence category of the 2019 Optimas Awards by Workforce magazine, a Human Capital Media publication. The awards program, celebrating its 29th year, recognizes companies achieving successful measurable business outcomes through visionary and impactful human resources initiatives. Twenty-two companies...

Lab’s HOME Campaign raises $3.7 million for charity

Dec. 16, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees, along with Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, donated more than $3.7 million to charitable organizations via the annual employee giving program, the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. Through the HOME Campaign, now in its 44th year, Laboratory employees pledged $2,740,935 through payroll deduction, up $15,000...

Meteorites lend clues to solar system's origin

Dec. 16, 2019- 
The isotopic composition of meteorites and terrestrial planets holds important clues about the earliest history of the solar system and the processes of planet formation. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and a collaborator from the University of Münster reviewed recent work that shows how meteorites exhibit a fundamental isotopic dichotomy between non-carbonaceous...

Brooks awarded John S. Foster Jr. Medal

Dec. 13, 2019- 
National security leaders past and present filled the Bldg. 453 auditorium last month to pay tribute to one of the nation’s visionaries in the fields of nuclear deterrence and arms control, former ambassador for arms control, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), nuclear submarine officer and the 2019 recipient of the John S. Foster, Jr. Medal, Linton Brooks....

Glassdoor ranks Lab among top 10 best places to work

Dec. 11, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been honored for the second year with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Laboratory as one of the top 10 best places to work nationwide in 2020. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its 12th year, is based solely on the input of employees who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies...

Lab and Las Positas College celebrate five years of engineering workforce pathway program

Dec. 10, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) leadership and employees, along with faculty, administrators and students of Las Positas College, gathered at the school on Dec. 4 to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the award-winning Engineering Technology Program (ETP), also known as Vets2Tech.   A partnership of the Lab, Las Positas, the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, the...

NIF experiments draw interest at APS conference

Dec. 5, 2019- 
Ongoing experiments on the sun’s nucleosynthesis (element creation) processes and an update on progress toward achieving ignition were among the dozen invited talks about NIF-related research at the American Physical Society plasma physics conference this fall. The talks, which highlight the importance of NIF & Photon Science Directorate research, drew widespread interest from attendees of...

LLNL’s presence in HPC shines bright at SC19

Dec. 4, 2019- 
The 2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis— better known simply as SC19 — returned to Denver, and once again Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) made its presence known as a force in supercomputing. The conference, attended by nearly 14,000 people representing 118 countries, kicked off with all-day tutorials and workshops...

LLNL champions neurodiversity with internships

Dec. 4, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has made big headway toward becoming an employer that embraces neurodiversity with hopes that through a successful internship program, neurodivergent individuals will look to LLNL as an employer of choice. To celebrate the Neurodiversity Initiative, an internship collaboration with Orion Academy and the California Regional Centers, LLNL...

Researchers uncover viral predators in soil

Dec. 3, 2019- 
Viruses impact nearly all organisms on Earth, with waves of influence in agriculture, health and biogeochemical processes. However, very little is known about RNA viruses in the environment, and even less is known about their diversity and ecology in soil, one of the most complex microbial systems. But Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have helped discover that RNA...

Frustraum hohlraum design is shaping up

Dec. 2, 2019- 
Hohlraums shaped like cylinders have been the workhorse of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research for three decades. But now an angular hohlraum named “Frustraum” could become a key to the next stages of ICF research at the National Ignition Facility. The LLNL-designed Frustraum could enable a significant boost in the amount of laser-induced energy absorbed by an ICF fuel capsule, an...

Additive Manufacturing Lab wins tech transfer award

Nov. 26, 2019- 
A trio of Lab employees and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have netted a national technology transfer award for their work in the creation of LLNL’s Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML). The “best in class” award, from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Transfer Working Group (TTWG), was presented Oct. 23 during a meeting in Augusta, Georgia, hosted by Savannah...

LLNL researchers turn to microbe beads to increase U.S. supply of rare earth metals

Nov. 25, 2019- 
To help increase the U.S. supply of rare earth elements, a Critical Materials Institute team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is using microbe beads to recover rare earth elements from consumer electronic waste. The team developed a scalable biosorbent material – a microbe-embedded polymer – by combining material science with microbiology. The research appears in the...

LLNL-led team awarded Best Paper at SC19 for modeling cancer-causing protein interactions

Nov. 22, 2019- 
A panel of judges at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC19) on Thursday awarded a multi-institutional team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory computer scientists with the conference’s Best Paper award. The paper, entitled “Massively Parallel Infrastructure for Adaptive Multiscale Simulations: Modeling RAS Initiation...

Lawrence Livermore steps into grid modernization

Nov. 22, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will receive funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) over the next three years to strengthen, transform and improve the nation’s energy infrastructure. LLNL is the lead on three projects: Using sensors to identify faulty or aging components of the nation’s energy grid system In its first stage, this application will identify urgent...

LLNL wins 2019 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards for El Capitan

Nov. 20, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), along with the Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories and Cray Inc., garnered HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards for Top Supercomputing Achievement for 2019. The awards recognize the announcements earlier this year of the Department of Energy’s first three exascale-class machines: Aurora, Frontier and El Capitan. All three...