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Survey will be released to employees on May 29

April 27, 2001- 
A comprehensive survey to get input on and gauge workforce climate and needs, recruitment, retention, diversity and other issues is scheduled to be available for employees to take on May 29. The survey has been developed in conjunction with International Survey Research (ISR) the same firm that worked with the Lab for the 1995 Diversity Focused...

Energy secretary speaks out against racial profiling

April 27, 2001- 
"Through the committed and dedicated efforts of its employees, the Department of Energy plays a critical role in securing America’s economic and national security. Many individuals of diverse backgrounds devote their careers and lives to contribute to the success of our department. I am proud of the Department of Energy and its people. Thus...

Tarter says FY2002 budget could hinder threat reduction work

April 27, 2001- 
A strongly supported Stockpile Stewardship Program is needed to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear arsenal over the long term, Director Bruce Tarter told the Senate Committee on Armed Services Wednesday. Likewise, strong and sustained support is needed in what Tarter called "the other side of the national...

Lab gives Keck a protective coat

April 27, 2001- 
Two Lab scientists, Jesse Wolfe of Electronics Engineering Technology Division, and Norman Thomas of Chemistry & Material Sciences, together with their team of supporters, have patented a new ultra-thin silver coating for mirrors, which is proving to be far more durable than any previously used. "Mirrors used in telescopes and...

Lab caveman's tunnel vision leads to regional rescue efforts

April 27, 2001- 
Like most engineers and scientists working at the Lab, Mark Bowers spends a good deal of time "in the dark" before finding the right approach. But for Bowers, long hours inside a dark chamber are also a natural part of his off-duty hobby and passion — teaching and coordinating cave rescues. Once admittedly suffering from fear of...

Researchers Prove Past Cooling Trend Caused By Move From Forests To Agriculture

April 23, 2001- 
LIVERMORE, Calif.—Researchers in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Atmospheric Science Division have demonstrated a cooling of up to 2-degree Fahrenheit over land between 1000 and 1900 AD as a result of changes from natural vegetation, such as forests, to agriculture. Through climate model simulations, the LLNL research team made up of Bala Govindasamy, Ken Caldeira and Philip...

Fusion of lab efforts on W80 work

April 20, 2001- 
Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories will "utilize the full breadth" of their assets to meet stewardship requirements for the W80 warhead, under terms of an agreement approved by the National Nuclear Security Administration. The agreement, signed in early January, aims "to accomplish a more balanced...

Lab names 2001 Teller Fellowship recipients

April 20, 2001- 
Pioneering advances in astronomy, environmental remediation, human genomics and physics critical to stockpile stewardship earned four Laboratory scientists Edward Teller Fellowships for 2001. With Director Emeritus Edward Teller looking on, Claire Max of Physics and Advanced Technologies (PAT), Elbert Branscomb, Biology and Biotechnology...

Introducing Integrated Safeguards and Security

April 20, 2001- 
Great science and security can and must work together to effectively carry out LLNL’s mission. Security issues touch upon almost every aspect of our work including proper protection of classified material, information and computer networks, proprietary and sensitive data, and export control items. Our scientific and technical vision depends upon...

Lab Wins EPA's Greening the Government Award

April 20, 2001- 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a "champion of green government." Recycling materials from lab projects has earned the Lab the EPA’s Greening the Government Award — recognition and appreciation of individuals and groups that go "above and beyond the call of duty in working to improve the environment." At the heart of the...

Ground Motion From Nearby Earthquakes Hazardous For Flexible Structures

April 19, 2001- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Information gathered from recent major earthquakes such as those in Turkey and Taiwan in 1999 shows that large ground displacements near dislocating faults can have potentially damaging effects on flexible structures such as long-span bridges and high-rise buildings. The flexible nature of such structures could make them vulnerable to the kind of relatively slow...

Lab celebrates certification of W87

April 6, 2001- 
Certification of the first warhead to be refurbished without nuclear testing for the nation’s nuclear deterrent was celebrated at the Laboratory Tuesday. In a ceremony attended by Gen. John Gordon, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, and Adm. Richard Mies, commander-in-chief of the United States...

Ombudsman Jeremy Wu returning to Laboratory to meet with employees

April 6, 2001- 
Jeremy Wu, the Department of Energy’s national ombudsman, will return to the Laboratory for a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Bldg. 123 auditorium. All employees are invited. Wu will describe the latest efforts and observations of the Office of the National Ombudsman. As part of his two-day visit, Wu will also hold...

Science fair shows students' flair

April 6, 2001- 
Three local teens, buoyed by their success at the Tri-Valley Science & Engineering Fair, are preparing to take their science projects to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair next month, where they will compete against students from 40 countries. David Sprehn, a ninth-grade home-schooled student in Livermore, won the...

EUVL partnership makes its stand

April 6, 2001- 
Members of industry, government and the news media gathered at Sandia National Laboratories/ Livermore this week to mark completion of the first full-scale prototype lithography machine for making computer chips using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light. The technology — developed by Lawrence Livermore, Sandia and Lawrence...

Ombuds office expanding its mission

April 6, 2001- 
Fourteen months after his appointment as the Department of Energy’s National Ombudsman, Jeremy Wu says he’s pleased to report his office is growing, along with his mission. "We have committed leaders in Gen. John Gordon and Spencer Abraham," he said of the NNSA administrator and the Energy secretary respectively. "Some people said this...

Workers return after gas leak in Bldg. 511

April 6, 2001- 
Five employees have returned to work after a minor leak of an industrial chemical gas Wednesday afternoon sent them to Valley Care hospital for observation for possible chemical inhalation. They were released Wednesday evening. The accident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. in Bldg. 511 (Shops area) when Lab workers working on a...

DOE submits $19.2 billion budget

April 6, 2001- 
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham submitted a $19.2 billion budget request for Fiscal Year 2002, calling it an "important first step and prudent transition setting a course toward comprehensive change and reform as the department looks to the future." Abraham said the budget request reflects a commitment by the Bush Administration...

Employee survey enters the final stages of review; distribution expected in May

April 6, 2001- 
In his Director’s column in the Jan. 12 issue of Newsline, Director Bruce Tarter announced several workforce challenges on which he would focus in 2001. An important element is a comprehensive employee survey to help define the Lab’s path forward to meet these challenges. International Survey Research (ISR) and the steering committee formed...

Lab Scientist/UCLA Professor To Discuss "Ice Ages And Global Warming" At UC Davis Seminar Series

April 6, 2001- 
Who: Michael Ghil, director of the Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics and a professor of atmospheric sciences at UCLA, will discuss "Ice Ages and Global Warming." What: Dr. Ghil’s talk is part of the UC Davis Seminar Series at the Department of Applied Science, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ghil will cover the nature and some of the causes of climate...