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Three Livermore scientists received the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science Early Career Research Program Award. Awardees typically receive $500,000 annually for five years to support promising research projects. John Despotopulos, a staff researcher in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division, was recognized for work investigating heavy elements and stellar nucleosynthesis. Timofey Frolov, physicist in the Materials Science Division, was nominated for research into computationally modeling material interfaces of alloys. Mimi Yung, deputy group leader within the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division, was recognized for research into protein compartmentalization systems and genetically engineered microorganisms.
The DOE granted two Livermore scientists—Sofia Quaglioni and Jennifer Pett-Ridge—the E. O. Lawrence Award for exceptional achievement among mid-career researchers in DOE focus areas. Quaglioni, who has been with the Laboratory over 15 years, serves as Nuclear Data and Theory group leader in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division. She was recognized for substantial contributions in quantum and computational physics that bear strong implications to inertial fusion and astrophysics understanding. Senior staff scientist Pett-Ridge, who has been at the Laboratory for 17 years and is a group leader for the Environmental Isotope Systems Group in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division, was lauded for her research in quantitative microbial ecology and for heading efforts to understand the impact of climate change on the environmental biogeochemical roles of microorganisms.