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The Department of Energy (DOE) Technology Transfer Working Group honored Hannah Farquar and Roger Werne of the Laboratory’s Innovation and Partnerships Office with two awards for developing the National Lab Accelerator Program: the DOE Office of Technology Transitions Director’s Award and the 2023 Best in Class for Innovative Technology Transfer. To date, the National Lab Accelerator Program has provided entrepreneurship training and mentorship to 36 Livermore researchers and hosted 10 pitch events with participants from 15 DOE national laboratories.

Time named Livermore design physicist Andrea “Annie” Kritcher to its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. 2023 TIME100 honorees were selected for notable achievements, innovation, and impact in 2022. Kritcher was recognized for her role as the principal designer for the National Ignition Facility experiment that produced fusion ignition for the first time in December 2022. On acknowledging the award, Kritcher highlighted the collaborative effort required over many years to achieve ignition.

Global publisher Springer awarded a 2023 Springer Thesis Award to Elizabeth Grace, the Laboratory’s High Energy Density Science (HEDS) fellow. Grace’s thesis discusses the development of a single-frame laser characterization diagnostic called the Spatially and Temporally Resolved Intensity and Phase Evaluation Device: Full Information from a Single Hologram (STRIPED FISH). STRIPED FISH’s capabilities lend a more complete understanding of laser–matter interactions for applications in renewable energy, medicine, and other fields.

Livermore physicist Tammy Ma received the Krell Institute’s 2023 James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building, and Communication. The award recognizes mid-career scientists and engineers for impacts in their chosen fields and mentorship of young people interested in science. Throughout her career, Ma, who leads the Inertial Fusion Energy Initiative and serves as program element leader for High-Intensity Laser HEDS–Advanced Photon Technologies, has contributed to the advancement of fusion and fostered communication and collaboration in the process.