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Lawrence Livermore Radiochemist Ken Moody named AAAS fellow

Dec. 19, 2013- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Ken Moody has been awarded the distinction of fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers to recognize distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. This year, AAAS awarded 388 members with this honor. Moody, a chief scientist...

NNSA's Kusnezov visits the Navajo Nation to discuss Energy and STEM education

Dec. 18, 2013- 
Dimitri Kusnezov, chief scientist and director of the Office of Science and Policy for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), recently visited the Navajo Nation in the four corners area to gain a better understanding of tribal efforts in energy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Steve Grey of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) American...

Lawrence Livermore researchers demonstrate high-energy betatron X-rays

Dec. 17, 2013- 
A Lawrence Livermore team, along with researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has recently produced some of the highest energy betatron X-rays ever demonstrated, with the added benefit of being produced on a system the size of a large tabletop. Betatron X-ray radiation, produced when relativistic electrons are accelerated and...

Consortium awards Lab research and tech transfer

Dec. 16, 2013- 
Two representatives of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) visited LLNL last Monday (Dec. 9) as part of a trip to the Bay Area to visit several federal laboratories.   The pair, Brian Suh, the Far West regional coordinator for the FLC and the director of technology transfer at the San Diego-based U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center, and Rick Shindell, a consultant...

Change in Pacific nitrogen content tied to climate change

Dec. 15, 2013- 
Using deep sea corals gathered near the Hawaiian Islands, a Lawrence Livermore scientist, in collaboration with UC Santa Cruz colleagues, has determined that a long-term shift in nitrogen content in the Pacific Ocean has occurred as a result of climate change. Overall nitrogen fixation in the North Pacific Ocean has increased by about 20 percent since the mid 1800s -- a shift similar to major...

Turning unwanted carbon dioxide into electricity

Dec. 12, 2013- 
SAN FRANCISCO - Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) underground and use it as a tool to boost electric power generation by at least 10 times compared to conventional geothermal power. The technology for this design already exists in different industries, and the researchers, led by Tom Buscheck, earth scientist...

Smashing science: Livermore scientists discover how explosives respond to shockwaves

Dec. 12, 2013- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have combined ultrafast time-resolved experimental measurements with theory to reveal how an explosive responds to a high-impact shock.The work involved advances in both ultrafast experimental shock wave methods and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation techniques, and the combination of experiment and simulation is a milestone in understanding...

Lawrence Livermore charitable campaign raises $3.3 million for local organizations

Dec. 10, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. --Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees, along with Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS ), have raised $3.3 million to give to charities within their surrounding communities. Laboratory employees pledged $2.3 million to the HOME Campaign (for Helping Others More Effectively) -- an annual charitable drive that benefits community/nonprofit agencies in...

Livermore scientists part of organization that will receive Nobel Peace Prize

Dec. 9, 2013- 
When representatives of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) step forward tomorrow to receive the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, they will do so in large measure because of the contributions from 21 scientific laboratories around the world, including two in the United States. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is one of the two U.S. laboratories; it has been a...

Baylis named champion for the DOE Minorities in Energy Initiative

Dec. 5, 2013- 
Tony Baylis, director of the Office of Strategic Diversity Programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), was recently named as a Department of Energy (DOE) champion of the Minorities in Energy Initiative by DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz during a forum at the White House."It was a privilege to take part in the White House forum. I am honored to have been selected as a champion for...

Lab employees lend a hand to end child trafficking

Nov. 27, 2013- 
Editor's Note: This is one in a series of articles about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees who volunteer for various non-profit agencies. This is just a sampling. When many Americans consider the stark reality of child-trafficking, they often think of faraway places -- Thailand, the Philippines or other nations. It often doesn't register with them that child-trafficking also is...

Search process for Lawrence Livermore director, LLNS president gets under way

Nov. 26, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - The search process for the 12th director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), is under way, Norman Pattiz, chairman of the LLNS Board of Governors and member of the University of California Board of Regents, announced today. LLNS manages the Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy/National...

Employee selected as Face of Stroke ambassador

Nov. 26, 2013- 
Editor's Note: This is one in a series of articles about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees who volunteer for various non-profit agencies. This is just a sampling. Most people are all too familiar with cancer, heart attacks and stroke. However, not all are aware of the condition atrial fibrillation (Afib) and the role it plays in increasing your risk for a stroke. Stroke just...

Lawrence Livermore researchers awarded a billion supercomputer core hours

Nov. 25, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - As part of the Department of Energy's Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program, 13 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have been awarded more than a billion core hours on two of America's fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science --Mira, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system located at Argonne National Laboratory...

LLNL employees help make summer camp a reality for all kids

Nov. 22, 2013- 
Editor's Note: This is one in a series of articles about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees who volunteer for various non-profit agencies. This is just a sampling. Every kid dreams of going to camp. It is a time to break loose and have fun away from your parents and siblings. However, for some kids, especially those with special needs or disabilities, fulfilling that dream is...

Sequoia retains top ranking on Graph 500 for third year running

Nov. 21, 2013- 
LLNL's 20 petaflops Sequoia supercomputer again retained its No. 1 ranking on the Graph 500 list, a measure of a system's ability to conduct analytic calculations -- finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. An IBM Blue Gene Q system,Sequoia was able to traverse 15,363 giga edges per second on a scale of 40 graph (a graph with 2^40 vertices). The new Graph 500 list was announced at...

LLNL supercomputing recognized at SC13

Nov. 20, 2013- 
The Laboratory's green computing and industry outreach programs were recognized with awards from HPCWire Tuesday at Supercomputing 2013 (SC13) in Denver, Colo. The Computation Directorate and Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program's effort to make the Lab's Hiigh Performance Computing (HPC) facilities as energy efficient as possible received a Reader's Choice Award, selected by...

Lab employee's belief in education shapes his volunteer efforts

Nov. 19, 2013- 
Editor's Note: This is one in a series of articles about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees who volunteer for various non-profit agencies. This is just a sampling. Bryan Balazs believes that education is one of the keys to improving people's lives throughout the world.That's why he is pleased to see a new Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign charity, The Pedrozzi...

LLNL signs agreement with maker of big data software

Nov. 15, 2013- 
The Laboratory will evaluate the topological data analysis software produced by Ayasdi for tackling big data problems under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed at LLNL Thursday.Ayasdi's Insight Discovery platform uses Topological Data Analysis (TDA) combined with an ensemble of machine learning techniques to enable data scientists, domain experts and business people to extract...

White captures second award for nuclear forensics work

Nov. 15, 2013- 
For the second time, Lab physicist Roger White, a designer in B-Division from the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate, has received an award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for his work in post-detonation nuclear forensics.White was named the "top contributor of the quarter" for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2013 (April-June, 2013) for leading a 55-person...