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Lab directors discuss LLNL’s past, present and future at ‘historic conversation’

Sept. 14, 2022 - 
On a historic occasion in the Livermore wine country, the nine living Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) directors gathered on Sept. 8 to mark the Laboratory’s 70th anniversary, share stories and discuss their vision for the Lab in the coming years. Hosted by the nonprofit Livermore Lab Foundation, the panel brought past directors John Foster Jr., John Nuckolls, Bruce Tarter...

National security community honors Miriam John as 2022 Foster Medal recipient

Sept. 13, 2022 - 
Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Jill Hruby joined fellow luminaries in the national nuclear security community at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on Sept. 8 to honor Miriam “Mim” John, recipient of the 2022 John S. Foster, Jr. Medal. John, vice president emerita of Sandia National Laboratories, became the first woman awarded the prestigious...

LLNL’s new diffraction gratings will enable the world’s most powerful laser

Sept. 12, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers and their collaborators have developed new high-energy pulse compression gratings that will be used in the world’s highest-power laser system, designed to deliver up to 10 petawatts (quadrillion watts) of peak power. A petawatt is about 1,000 times the capacity of the entire U.S. electric grid. The high-energy, low-dispersion (HELD)...

Lab scientist wins outstanding doctoral thesis award from American Physical Society

Sept. 9, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Alison Ruth Christopherson has earned the American Physical Society’s (APS) Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis award. The award recognizes exceptional early-career scientists who have performed original thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of plasma physics. Christopher...

Burning Plasma Team receives honor from American Physical Society

Sept. 9, 2022 - 
The Burning Plasma Team has been awarded the 2022 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research by the American Physical Society. The team consists of members from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and from other institutions. The team was cited “for the first laboratory demonstration of a burning deuterium-tritium plasma where alpha heating dominates the...

A deep dive into the interior of red dwarfs

Sept. 8, 2022 - 
Red dwarfs are the most abundant stars in the Milky Way, making up 70% of all stars. But the physics of their interiors is not well understood. Heat is generated in the core and travels outward to the surface, but it is not clear whether that process occurs via radiation, convection or a combination of the two. The key factor determining whether red dwarfs are radiation- or convection...

LLNL hosts HBCU students, faculty in week-long outreach program

Sept. 7, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) hosted a group of students and faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for a week in June to promote internships, job opportunities and career paths at LLNL. Judging from the group’s reaction and feedback, the inaugural week-long HBCU tour was a clear success and made a positive impression on the students — all of...

Livermore researchers collect three awards among the top 100 industrial inventions

Sept. 7, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and engineers have garnered three awards among the top 100 industrial inventions worldwide. The trade journal R&D World Magazine recently announced the winners of the awards, often called the “Oscars of invention,” recognizing new commercial products, technologies and materials that are available for sale or license for their...

Going big: Unlocking the study of some of the rarest and most toxic elements on Earth

Sept. 1, 2022 - 
The synthesis and study of radioactive compounds are naturally difficult due to the extreme toxicity of the materials involved, but also because of the cost and scarcity of research isotopes. Now, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and their collaborators at Oregon State University (OSU) have developed a new method to isolate and study in great detail some of the...

Manufacturing Day webinar to highlight HPC’s impact on climate change, energy efficiency

Aug. 29, 2022 - 
The High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative will hold a special webinar on Oct. 7 to celebrate Manufacturing Day and provide a forum for industry experts and Department of Energy (DOE) scientists to discuss how HPC can help combat climate change and improve energy efficiency. The virtual event begins at 8 a.m. PDT and brings together panelists and speakers from...

Apprentice program graduates look forward to careers as Lab machinists

Aug. 25, 2022 - 
After earning a bachelor’s degree in health education at San Francisco State University, Kwadwo Kumi-Amankwah wanted a more hands-on career, so he took machining classes at Laney College and then applied to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Machinist Apprentice Program. That process began a four-year journey that concluded on Aug. 18, where he and three fellow apprenticeship program...

Carolyn Zerkle named Lawrence Livermore’s deputy director

Aug. 22, 2022 - 
Carolyn Zerkle has been selected as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s deputy director and vice president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Lab Director Kim Budil announced today. Her appointment is effective Sept. 12, 2022. As deputy director, Zerkle will participate in the day-to-day management of the Laboratory, including interfacing with the Livermore Field Office...

Miriam E. John Awarded Livermore’s 2022 John S. Foster Medal

Aug. 22, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Kim Budil has announced that the 2022 John S. Foster, Jr. Medal winner is  Miriam “Mim” E. John, vice president emerita of Sandia National Laboratories. John served as vice president of Sandia's California Division and Homeland Security Strategic Management Unit from 1999 until 2006. She served in various capacities at Sandia beginning in...

Asteroid sample lands on LLNL

Aug. 22, 2022 - 
No need to worry, it is just a very small piece for scientific study. In December 2014, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid 162173 Ryugu. In December 2020, when the sample-return capsule successfully landed safely back on Earth with pristine pieces of Ryugu that it had collected, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)...

LLNL and Korea Institute of Science and Technology to collaborate

Aug. 19, 2022 - 
Leaders at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday to collaborate on basic science and technology in the renewable energy, climate science, data science and characterizations arenas. Under the MOU, KIST will have office space in the Livermore Open Campus where staff, postdocs...

Researchers design a compact high-power laser using plasma optics

Aug. 19, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have designed a compact multi-petawatt laser that uses plasma transmission gratings to overcome the power limitations of conventional solid-state optical gratings. The design could enable construction of an ultrafast laser up to 1,000 times more powerful than existing lasers of the same size. Petawatt (quadrillion-watt) lasers...

LLNL and Las Positas College officials meet to discuss improving partnership, workforce pipeline

Aug. 18, 2022 - 
Officials with Las Positas College (LPC) and the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on Aug. 9 to learn more about Lab-related opportunities available to students and discuss strengthening partnerships between the institutions. LPC President Dyrell Foster, who was visiting the Lab for the first time, attended the meeting...

LLNL and Case Western Reserve University to continue collaboration

Aug. 17, 2022 - 
The leaders of Case Western Reserve University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to accelerate their efforts in shared areas of excellence. After three years of growing institutional collaboration in such areas as energy, materials science and polymer processing, Case Western Reserve President Eric W. Kaler welcomed Lawrence...

LLNL team claims top AI award at international symbolic regression competition

Aug. 16, 2022 - 
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team claimed a top prize at an inaugural international symbolic regression competition for an artificial intelligence (AI) framework they developed capable of explaining and interpreting real-life COVID-19 data. Hosted by the open source SRBench project at the 2022 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), the competition...

LLNL joins forces with supercomputing centers in Germany, the UK and the US to form IASC

Aug. 15, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with high performance computing (HPC) facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, jointly forming the International Association of Supercomputing Centers (IASC). LLNL and co-founders — the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre, the National Center for...