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July/August 2001

The Laboratory
in the News

Commentary by
C. Bruce Tarter

Annual Certification Takes a Snapshot of Stockpile Stewardship

Sensing for Danger

It's the Pits in the Weapons Stockpile

Looking into the Shadow World

Patents

Awards


 

 

Awards

For the first time in its history, the American Optical Society has awarded a fellowship posthumously. The society elected Howard Powell, a long-time Livermore researcher who died last November, as a fellow, recognizing him “for seminal contributions to the research and development of high-energy, high-peak-power, and high-average-power solid-state lasers for inertial confinement fusion, military applications and commercial utilization.”
The society also organized a Howard Powell Memorial Symposium on High Peak Power Laser Technology, which took place in May at the society’s Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in Baltimore, Maryland.
Powell worked at Livermore for 27 years. His numerous positions included being program leader of Laser Science and Technology. He also worked on the Nova, National Ignition Facility, and Petawatt laser projects. He was a corecipient of three R&D 100 Awards for laser research.


Dave Cooper, former associate director for Computation, has received the Department of Energy’s highest civilian recognition, the Distinguished Associate Award. Cooper was presented with the award in May during a meeting of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) in Washington, D. C.
The award honors Cooper’s leadership of the DOE-National Nuclear Security Administration’s Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative, the effort to simulate nuclear weapons performance with computer models. The citation on Cooper’s plaque reads: “In recognition of your outstanding leadership in high-performance computing. Your dedication to developing the advanced applications and high-performance computing platforms required for NNSA programs was instrumental in ensuring the nation’s security and advancing the frontiers in scientific computing.”
Although he stepped down from his Laboratory duties
for health reasons, Cooper continues to serve on PITAC, which was created by an act of Congress to study a variety of information technology issues, from how access to government can be transformed through information technology to developing open-source software to advance high-end computing.

 

 

 



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