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March 2003

The Laboratory
in the News

Commentary by
Bruce Goodwin

A New Code Simulates the Cosmos

A Giant Leap for Space Telescopes

Checking Out the Hot Spots

Patents

Awards

 

Awards

On November 26, 2002, Edward Teller received the Secretary’s Gold Award, the Department of Energy’s highest honorary award, for his outstanding contributions to science and the security of the nation. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham presented the award during a visit to the Laboratory. In doing so, Abraham said, “Dr. Teller is one of the giant figures of the 20th century, whose contributions to winning both World War II and the Cold War are immeasurable. But I believe that Edward Teller should also be regarded as one of the most important figures of the 21st century. Dr. Teller did not just help make the world safe from tyranny and aggression. He helped usher in the era of supercomputing that drives so much of our current science. His unwavering support for scientific education has inspired countless young men and women to pursue lives in the sciences.”


Physicist Steve Allen has been selected as a Distinguished Lecturer by the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics. He is one of six lecturers chosen from around the nation who will travel to U.S. colleges and universities during 2002–2003 to share their expertise with a broad audience. Allen will be discussing his work in plasma physics, specifically, “Improving Tokamak Confined with ‘Plasma Surgery’ and ‘Plasma Floating.’” Allen, who works in the Physics and Advanced Technologies Directorate, is the program leader for Livermore’s collaboration on the DIII-D tokamak, an effort between Lawrence Livermore and General Atomics in San Diego.
Don Correll, director of the Laboratory’s Science and Technology Education Program, and this year’s chair of the lecturer selection committee, said that having Laboratory scientists selected “gives the Laboratory an opportunity to be recognized for its high-caliber work in plasma physics.”


Mimi Alford has received the Aegis Award for producing “A Journey Through Time . . . The History of Engineering at LLNL.” The Aegis is a national award that is intended to recognize excellence in video and film production among nonbroadcast organizations, such as corporations, government, and universities. Alford’s video is a 20-minute history of the Engineering Directorate and includes hundreds of clips and archival film such as rare footage of John F. Kennedy at the University of California at Berkeley meeting with Director Emeritus Edward Teller and several other former Laboratory directors. Alford had been collecting footage from employees for nearly 20 years. The video was one of several produced for the Laboratory’s 50th anniversary




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