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May 2001

The Laboratory
in the News

Commentary by
Jeff Wadsworth

Uncovering
Hidden Defects
with Neutrons

The Human in the Mouse Mirror

The NIF Target Chamber—Ready
for the Challenge

Indoor Testing Begins Soon at
Site 300

Patents

Awards


Awards

Grant Logan was named director of the Heavy Ion Fusion Virtual National Laboratory (VNL) in early March, succeeding Roger O. Bangerter, who has retired. The Heavy Ion Fusion VNL is a collaborative venture of the Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
Logan, a member of the Physics and Advanced Technologies Directorate at Livermore, will be physically located at Lawrence Berkeley as he leads "heavy ion driver development and related topics in the common pursuit of inertial fusion energy (IFE)" and works "to promote more rapid progress in the development of heavy ion drivers through technical management integration of the laboratories' scientific staff, equipment, and experimental facilities."
Logan has worked in all parts of the U.S. fusion program. He was involved with both magnetic mirrors and tokamaks in Livermore's Magnetic Fusion Energy program and received the E. O. Lawrence Award in 1980 for coinventing the tandem mirror. He joined the Laser Directorate in 1992, where he worked in support of the National Ignition Facility and on heavy ion and laser IFE.


Brendan Dooher, an engineer in Livermore's Environmental Protection Department, is the first Laboratory employee to be selected for a National Academy of Engineering fellowship. He will spend a year in the nation's capital learning about and shaping science policy.
Dooher has been a key force behind GeoTracker, a geographic information system and database that provides online environmental data for tracking regulatory information about underground fuel tanks, fuel pipelines, and public drinking water supplies. The data are contributed by regulatory agencies and are used by both researchers and regulators to study groundwater contamination in California, in particular, contamination from MTBE that has leaked out of underground fuel tanks.
The Washington assignment is a fitting one for Dooher, who has a broad base of experience in many fields and disciplines. Likewise, his academic credentials include undergraduate and master's degrees in thermal systems and power plant design and a Ph.D. in probabilistic risk and systems analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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