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Kim Budil selected as director of Lawrence Livermore

Jan. 28, 2021- 
Kim Budil has been named director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Charlene Zettel, chair 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 to Laboratory employees Jan. 28. Budil will begin her new role on March 2. Appointed with...

Media advisory: LLNS Board Chair, UC Regent Charlene Zettel to introduce new Lab director

Jan. 27, 2021- 
WHO: Charlene Zettel, chair of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), and a University of California regent, will introduce the 13th director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. LLNS manages the Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The new director will replace Director Bill Goldstein, who announced his retirement last...

NIF experiments probe carbon at record pressures

Jan. 27, 2021- 
Carbon is one of the most ubiquitous elements in existence. As the fourth most abundant element in the universe, a building block for all known life and a material that sits in the interior of carbon-rich exoplanets, the element has been subject to intense investigation by scientists. Decades of studies have shown that carbon’s crystal structure has a significant impact on material...

Lab teams earn DOE Secretary Achievement Awards

Jan. 27, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees, participating in 10 project teams, recently earned Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Achievement Awards. Representing some of the highest internal, non-monetary recognition that DOE employees and contractors can receive, these awards recognize DOE employees and contractors for their service and contributions to the department’s...

NIF conducts first-ever shot with explosives

Jan. 26, 2021- 
The first-ever shot to study a high explosive sample was recently conducted at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s most energetic laser. The results from the shot included novel data that will help researchers unlock the mysteries of high-explosive (HE) chemistry and position Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to continue its legacy as a leader in HE science and...

Lab will co-lead NASA mission to study stars, planets

Jan. 25, 2021- 
NASA has selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to serve as lead institutions for the Pandora scientific mission that will study 20 stars and their 39 exoplanets. The goal of the Pandora mission is to learn about starspots (akin to sunspots) and identify which of these exoplanets are hydrogen- or water-dominated and which are...

Bay Area national labs co-host innovation exploration

Jan. 25, 2021- 
As part of the Bay Area Lab Innovation Networking Center (LINC), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Sandia National Labs, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will give industry leaders insight on how to harness the technologies, tools and capabilities within some of the nation’s premier science and technology research institutions. Th...

It’s more than just solid

Jan. 22, 2021- 
By placing a shock-compressed sample of zirconium under ultrafast time-resolved X-rays, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators were able to see an intermediate phase along the transition between two solid phases. Theory has predicted the existence of an intermediate step in this phase transition, but it had not been observed until now. “Knowledge of...

Lab team earns DOE Secretary Achievement Award

Jan. 21, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory‘s (LLNL) "Getting to Neutral" Carbon Emissions Team has earned a Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Achievement Award for its groundbreaking work on how California could reach the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045. Representing some of the highest internal, non-monetary recognition that DOE employees and contractors can receive, these awards...

LLNL experimentalist climbing ranks of physics society

Jan. 21, 2021- 
As an experimentalist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) developing diagnostics and experimental techniques in the field of dynamic high-pressure physics, Peter Celliers is on the path of leading a national topical group of the American Physical Society (APS). Celliers was recently elected to the executive committee as vice-chair of the American Physical Society Topical Group...

Air pollution levels depend on drizzle rates

Jan. 20, 2021- 
Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Scripps Institution of Oceanography and international collaborators have shown that an improved representation of drizzle rates leads to more pollution in the atmosphere. The research appears in Nature Geoscience. Atmospheric aerosols are of great climatic and environmental importance due to their effects on the Earth’s...

LLNL and United Kingdom company to collaborate on development of universal coronavirus vaccine

Jan. 19, 2021- 
ConserV Bioscience Limited (CBL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have agreed to collaborate on the development of a broad-spectrum or “universal” coronavirus vaccine. This collaboration brings together CBL’s expertise in identifying antigens and LLNL’s nanolipoprotein delivery system. The vaccine has been designed to provide broad-spectrum protection against...

Lawrence Livermore's '2020 Year in Review'

Jan. 14, 2021- 
Though 2020 was dominated by events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic — whether it was adapting to social distancing and the need to telecommute, safeguarding employees as they returned to conduct mission-essential work or engaging in COVID-related research — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) managed an exceptional year in all facets of science and technology and operations. LL...

Lab makes Glassdoor’s 2021 list of ‘Best Places to Work’

Jan. 13, 2021- 
For the third consecutive year, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2021. The Employees’ Choice Award, now in its 13th year, is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their job, work environment and...

Lab's ACT-UP awards focus on collaborative research

Jan. 12, 2021- 
With a focus on increasing joint research efforts between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and universities, the Lab’s Weapon Physics and Design (WPD) Academic Collaboration Team (ACT) University Program has awarded this year’s ACT-UP awards. Now in its second year, the ACT-UP awards were created to encourage and advance strategic partnerships among universities with a...

Putting the pieces back together – reconstructing the solar system’s original architecture

Jan. 11, 2021- 
As the solar system was developing, the giant planets (Jupiter and Saturn) formed very early, and as they grew, they migrated both closer to and further away from the sun to stay in gravitationally stable orbits. The gravitational effect of these massive objects caused immense reshuffling of other planetary bodies that were forming at the time, meaning that the current locations of...

Lawrence Livermore computer scientist heads award-winning computer vision research

Jan. 8, 2021- 
The 2021 IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV 2021) on Wednesday announced that a paper co-authored by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computer scientist received the conference’s Best Paper Honorable Mention award based on its potential impact to the field. The paper, titled "Generative Patch Priors for Practical Compressive Image Recovery,”...

Fast transport in carbon nanotube membranes could advance human health

Jan. 7, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have discovered that carbon nanotube membrane pores could enable ultra-rapid dialysis processes that would greatly reduce treatment time for hemodialysis patients. The ability to separate molecular constituents in complex solutions is crucial to many biological and man-made processes. One way is via the application of a...

Researchers develop broadband X-ray source needed to perform new measurements at NIF

Jan. 6, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have developed an X-ray source that can diagnose temperature in experiments that probe conditions like those at the very center of planets. The new source will be used to perform extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The work was published in Applied Physics Letters an...

Falcone paves the way for STEM in livestream

Jan. 6, 2021- 
Pat Falcone, deputy director for Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was a featured panelist in “Paving the Way: A Virtual Conversation,” a special livestream event sponsored by the Quest Science Center. Watch the recording of the live event here. Falcone is the principal advocate for the Lab’s science and technology base as well as its collaborative...