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Kim Budil appointed to LLNS, LANS Boards of Governors

April 29, 2014- 
Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) Boards of Governors, today announced that Kimberly Budil has been appointed by the University of California (UC) as vice president for Laboratory Management in the UC Office of the President and as an executive committee governor on the LANS and LLNS Boards of...

LLNL employees honored as 'Learning Champions of the Year' by Skillsoft

April 29, 2014- 
Leslie Positeri and Brian Molyneaux were honored during a ceremony at the 2014 Global Skillsoft Perspectives user conference on April 10. The Innovation Awards honor companies for their notable efforts in learning, recognizing innovative ideas and inspiring leaders who are helping to transform the learning landscape.Positeri and Molyneaux received the "Learning Champion of the Year" award...

LLNL partners with FATHOM to develop new additive manufacturing technology

April 29, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has entered into a technology development partnership with FATHOM, a company specializing in 3D printing and additive manufacturing.The collaboration combines FATHOM's advanced industry knowledge with LLNL's unique research and development capabilities and broad domain expertise in applied science and engineering to commercialize new additive...

Putting iron to the stress test

April 28, 2014- 
Using an ultrafast laser system, a group in Physical and Life Sciences at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have subjected iron to extremely rapid dynamic compression and have shown that the transition from one crystal structure to another can take place in less than 100 trillionths of a second after the compression begins.If a material is squeezed hard enough, the way in which its atoms...

Signal and image sciences workshop set for May 21

April 25, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is hosting the 18th annual Signal and Image Sciences Workshop on May 21 at Livermore Valley Open Campus' High Performance Computing Innovation Center.The free workshop is a signature event of the Engineering Directorate's Center for Advanced Signal and Image Sciences (CASIS). Co-sponsored by the East Bay chapter of the Institute of Electrical and...

Lab researcher inspired by math

April 23, 2014- 
What makes Carol Meyers tick is a series of proofs, theorems and complex equations.The self-described "nerd" has loved mathematics since she was young, and it has helped her succeed as a researcher in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Computational Engineering Division."I've always loved numbers," Meyers said. "I like to think logically. Higher math allows me to formulate logical...

Visiting engineering professor works on materials designed for additive manufacturing

April 22, 2014- 
Many professors publish research papers but never get to see their research move into the development phase.That's not the case for Daniel Tortorelli, an engineering professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.He recently completed a nine-week sabbatical at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where his research on structural optimization was put to use in the Engineering...

Lab researcher discovers the green in Greenland

April 17, 2014- 
At one point in history, Greenland was actually green and not a country covered in ice.An international team of researchers, including a former scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has discovered that ancient dirt in Greenland was cryogenically frozen for millions of years under nearly two miles of ice.More than 2.5 million years ago. Greenland looked like the green Alaskan...

Tech-transfer webinar to present new industrial uses for optical fibers

April 17, 2014- 
Learn more about an optical fiber draw tower in operation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where researchers are exploring new designs and applications for optical fibers during the next monthly installment of the Industrial Partnerships Office (IPO) Technology & Market Discovery Webinar series on Tuesday, April 22.The presentation by Lab researcher Jay Dawson, titled "Optical Fiber...

Lawrence Livermore researchers win E.O. Lawrence Award

April 16, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers won the prestigious Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for their contributions to the Department of Energy's missions in science, energy and national security, DOE officials announced today.LLNL seismologist Stephen Myers was recognized for his work advancing national security and nonproliferatio n by developing seismic...

Climate scientist aims to clear the air on clouds

April 15, 2014- 
Mark Zelinka has his head in the clouds.The researcher in the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison is delving into research on how climate change affects cloud properties and vice versa.Using detailed data from satellites and climate models, Zelinka, who was recently converted from a postdoc to staff scientist, examines the vertical structure and optical properties of...

Proposals sought for next-generation supercomputing technologies

April 14, 2014- 
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have issued a request for proposals to further develop "extreme scale" supercomputer technology.The latest request for proposals (RFP) is now available on the Web. Contracts will total about $100 million, and the funding period will be from July of this year to November 2016.Proposa...

Livermore Lab shines new light on novel additive manufacturing approach

April 10, 2014- 
For nearly a century, electrophoretic deposition (EPD) has been used as a method of coating material by depositing particles of various substances onto the surfaces of various manufactured items. One of the most common and oldest processes that utilize EPD is the application of a primer coat to new car bodies on a production assembly line. The body of the car is positively charged while the...

Pilot water conservation project uses treated groundwater for cooling

April 7, 2014- 
The Laboratory has launched a pilot project to reduce potable water use by using treated groundwater to cool equipment and research facilities at the main site.Water from one of LLNL's treatment wells is being run through a reverse osmosis filtration unit and used as an alternative to the Hetch-Hetchy water used in the Bldg. 133 cooling tower on the west side of the Lab near Bldg. 132.  Use...

Laser researchers revolutionize aviation industry

April 4, 2014- 
Editor's note: This article is part of an occasional series about LLNL entrepreneurs.Most people don't realize it, but the airplane they are flying on may be stronger and safer thanks to a pair of former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers who developed and commercialized an innovative but relatively obscure technology.Lloyd Hackel and Brent Dane found a way to improve laser...

Lawrence Livermore scientists use carbon nanotubes for tissue healing

April 3, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore scientists have found that carbon nanotubes can help with tissue healing and repair.The team, which includes scientists from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, UC Davis and UC Merced, found that there is long-term biocompatibility of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) when used for tissue engineering and articular cartilage.Carbon nanotubes are cylindrical...

Americans using more energy according to Lawrence Livermore analysis

April 1, 2014- 
Americans used more renewable, fossil and even nuclear energy in 2013, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.Each year, the Laboratory releases energy flow charts that illustrate the nation's consumption and use of energy. Overall, Americans used 2.3 quadrillion thermal units more in 2013 than the previous year.The Laboratory also...

Lawrence Livermore receives prestigious defense industry recognition

March 31, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - The Precision Strike Association (PSA) has awarded the 18th annual William J. Perry Award to the BLU-129/B team, which includes researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The award honors the immediate and long-term impact the BLU-129/B has had and will have on combat operations. The team includes contributors from LLNL, United States Air Force and...

Lab women profiled in DOE's 'Women @ Energy' feature

March 31, 2014- 
In celebration of Women's History Month, the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the Department of Energy (DOE), highlighted the contributions of talented and dedicated employees from across the DOE complex in an online feature called "Women @ Energy: Innovators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics."Out of 170 profiles on the site, 47 of the women featured are employees...

William H. Goldstein named director of LLNL

March 27, 2014- 
Livermore, Calif., March 27, 2014 - William H. Goldstein has been named the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which manages the Laboratory for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), made the announcement March 27. Goldstein will begin his new role...