Livermore physicist Omar Hurricane of the Weapons and Complex Integration Principal Directorate received the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) prestigious E. O. Lawrence Award in April 2010. The award honors midcareer scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions in research and development supporting DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration and its mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S.
Hurricane, a program leader whose work involves thermonuclear secondary design, was honored for his efforts in national security and nonproliferation at the Laboratory. He has led a multidisciplinary team that worked on a difficult technical issue involving two vastly different areas of physics. Much of Hurricane’s research is classified.
The award came with a citation signed by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, a gold medal bearing the likeness of Ernest Orlando Lawrence (cofounder of the Laboratory), and $50,000.
The Laboratory’s Lisa Poyneer was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in the science category on April 17, 2010. She joins seven other current or past Livermore employees to be selected for this honor. Poyneer was recognized for her work in adaptive optics and the development of the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), which will be the world’s most powerful astronomical adaptive optics instrument.
Taking images of planets around other stars is an incredibly challenging task. Poyneer’s groundbreaking research was essential in winning the $24 million contract for the Livermore-led international team that is building the instrument. GPI’s adaptive optics system, using algorithms developed by Poyneer, will provide up to 100 times better performance than current systems. Poyneer is an internationally recognized expert in her field, giving invited talks at conferences and publishing widely. Her work will directly enable a new era in the imaging of extrasolar planets.
A team of computer security specialists from Lawrence Livermore, Pantex Plant, and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) won first place in a national laboratory cyber competition held during the February 2010 Tracer FIRE 2 Workshop in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Now in its second year, Tracer FIRE is a hands-on workshop designed to educate, test, and encourage collaboration among cyber-incident response teams from national laboratories and government agencies.
During the competition portion of the workshop, 11 cross-laboratory teams competed for two days in challenges and puzzles that tested their skills in malware reverse engineering, network forensics, host forensics, cryptography, social engineering, and hidden-data discovery. The winning team was co-led by Adam Sealey and Erwin Lopez and included Steve McManus, Matthew Myrick, John Townsend, and Willem Verschuur from Lawrence Livermore as well as Patrick Avery, Susan Carter, and Jeremy Scott from Pantex and David Gainey from DISA.