In September, Science Spectrum recognized two Laboratory scientists as top performers in their respective fields.
Dean Williams of the Computation Directorate received a Senior Investigator Emerald Award, which recognizes consistent leadership in advancing basic science knowledge or discovering, developing, and implementing entirely new technologies. Williams is deputy division leader for Computation’s Biology, Atmosphere, Chemistry, and Earth Division and group leader for Atmospheric Science Computer Applications. In 2006, Science Spectrum honored him with a Trailblazer Award.
Kimberly Budil, who leads the Science, Technology, and Experiments Program in the Defense and Nuclear Technologies Directorate’s B Division, received a 2007 Top Minorities in Science Trailblazer Award. The Trailblazer Award honors minority men and women who create new paths for others in science, engineering, or technology; show leadership in their workplaces and communities; are role models and mentors; and demonstrate commitment to recruiting and retaining minorities in the nation’s science and technology enterprises.
Livermore researcher Nelson Max of the Computation Directorate received the Steven A. Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics given by the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques. The association presents this award every other year to honor an individual’s lifetime contribution to computer graphics and interactive techniques.
Max, who is jointly appointed to the Laboratory and the University of California at Davis, was recognized for his work in pioneering scientific visualization, his extensive technical contributions, and his role in stimulating ideas and intellectual exchange in computer graphics. His research focuses on realism in nature images, molecular graphics, computer animation, and three-dimensional scientific visualization.
The U.S. Air Force presented Livermore employee Greg Simonson with a medal for Exemplary Civilian Service for his efforts to help protect the nation’s capital and surrounding region from terrorist attacks. Simonson is one of the few individuals outside the Department of Defense to receive this award. Simonson has worked on assignment in Washington, DC, since November 2006, serving as the senior scientist for the Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosives Center for the Air Force District of Washington. In this role, he collaborates with various governmental agencies to advance science and technology in defending the region against terrorism. Prior to this assignment, Simonson served as a division leader in the Laboratory’s Nonproliferation, Homeland and International Security Directorate.