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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...

UC president calls for greater university-Laboratory collaboration

March 26, 2014- 
UC President Janet Napolitano pledged to expand university collaboration with the Laboratory in a Director's Distinguished Lecturer Series (DDLS) address Tuesday.In a presentation entitled "The Stars We Ignite," Napolitano said the University of California was built on the idea of "igniting stars" through students, faculty and research.The founding idea of LLNL as "a new ideas Laboratory"...

Lawrence Livermore scientists discover bacterial resistance to improve biofuel production

March 26, 2014- 
Resistance is not futile when it comes to a new method to more efficiently convert biomass to biofuels. New research by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in conjunction with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) suggests that a type of bacterial resistance may provide more efficient production of biofuels. The team identified the genetic origin of bacterial resistance...

Students shine at LLNL Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair

March 25, 2014- 
Nearly 650 students from 72 schools participated last weekend in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. More than 480 separate projects were submitted by high school and middle school students from across Alameda County. KGO-TV meteorologist Mike Nicco served as emcee during the fair's awards...

Cleantech Open connects national labs with entrepreneurs

March 21, 2014- 
The Cleantech Open, the world's largest accelerator for clean technology startups, hosted a regional networking event Tuesday to discuss the challenges and opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs to do business with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories. The event at the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC), a joint initiative between both labs, drew an audience of 121...

Lawrence Livermore researchers model spent nuclear fuels for potential energy

March 20, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore scientists have modeled actinide-based alloys, such as spent nuclear fuel, in an effort to predict the impact of evolving fuel chemistry on material performance. This work, funded by a Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program on "Scientific Basis for Ultra-high Burn-up Nuclear Fuels," could have direct implications for the use of spent nuclear fuel as another...

Farnsworth honored by Livermore School District

March 19, 2014- 
Richard "Dick" Farnsworth was recently honored at a Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) public Board meeting for his service and contributions to science education. Farnsworth, who retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in January, has long been involved with LLNL's Science Education Program, serving as its manager for over a decade. Farnsworth has...

Lawrence Livermore women participate in online forum on STEM careers

March 14, 2014- 
A group of women from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently gathered to participate in a Google+ Hangout, "Find Your STEM Role Model," and Twitter chat promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. The event was hosted by NASA and the Department of Energy (DOE), which teamed up to address the shortage of women and girls in STEM fields...

Livermore researchers spy deep into giant gas planets

March 13, 2014- 
Using the VUV Free-Electron Laser (FEL) FLASH at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, Germany, Lawrence Livermore researchers were part of a team that took a sneak peek deep into the lower atmospheric layers of giant gas planets such as Jupiter or Saturn. Their observations reveal how liquid hydrogen becomes a plasma and provide information on the material's thermal...

Lab technologies showcased through webinar series

March 12, 2014- 
The connection between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's technologies and industry needs are not always apparent.A monthly webinar series developed by LLNL's Industrial Partnership Office (IPO) is trying to match the Lab's innovations with commercial partners that see a need for them in their industry.The series connects Lab researchers with entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture...

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and students visit the Lab

March 11, 2014- 
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and members of her district office staff visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Monday accompanied by students and faculty from the Franklin-McKinley School District's College Connection Academy middle school. The Franklin-McKinley School District is located in San Jose, which is part of Lofgren's Silicon Valley area Congressional District. Lofgren initiated...

Georgetown students study emergency and disaster management at Lawrence Livermore

March 11, 2014- 
Students from Georgetown University's Emergency and Disaster Management program spent a week recently at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to learn how emerging technologies are utilized to detect and predict the effects of hazardous terrorist threats. Georgetown's newly created masters degree program is a collaboration between the university and LLNL. The yearlong program has 29...

Celebrating 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography

March 7, 2014- 
It was 100 years ago that the use of X-rays to determine the crystal structure of materials emerged. The pioneering work of Max von Laue, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics, was followed by a joint award, also in physics, the next year (1915) to the father and son team of William and Lawrence Bragg. Since then, more than 25 Nobel Prizes have been awarded in areas related to X...

Livermore Lab's microbial detection array detects plague in ancient human remains

March 6, 2014- 
Scientists who study past pandemics, such as the 14th century Black Death that devastated much of Europe, might soon be turning to an innovative biological detection technology for some extra help.The apparent first use of this technology, known as a microarray, for studying pathogens from ancient DNA, was reported today by a team of scientists in the daily online journal, Scientific Reports...

In memory of Ed Lafranchi

March 3, 2014- 
Ed Lafranchi, one of the first LLNL employees and former deputy associate director of Engineering, died Feb. 5. He was 85. LaFranchi was born Edward Alvin Lafranchi in Petaluma, Calif., on July 23, 1928 to Fridolino and Zelma LaFranchi. He was raised in Nicasio on his family's dairy and attended Nicasio elementary school. He graduated from St. Anselms High School and in 1950 he graduated from...

Science academies explain global warming in 'plain English'

Feb. 27, 2014- 
If emissions of greenhouse gases continue in a business-as-usual manner, future changes in climate will substantially exceed those that have occurred so far, with a warming of the Earth in the range of roughly 5 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. That is the conclusion of a new report by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and The Royal Society, which is the...

Q&A with Neda Gray: Celebrating Black History Month and STEM

Feb. 27, 2014- 
In honor of Black History Month, the African-American Body of Laboratory Employees (ABLE) and the Office of Strategic Diversity Programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will be highlighting the accomplishments of several members of our African American employee population. They will share their background and perspective on engaging underrepresented groups in science...

Media Advisory: LLNL's 'Science On Saturday' lecture to explain the cardioid project

Feb. 27, 2014- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore scientist David Richards and Tracy High School teacher Erin McKay will present "The Cardioid Project: Simulating the Human Heart on the World's Fastest Supercomputer."WHAT: Computer modeling is a powerful tool for scientific inquiry when experiments are too costly, too dangerous or simply impossible. In this talk, presenters will describe how to build a computer model...