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Research conducted by Livermore astrophysicist Bruce Macintosh and colleagues from the National Research Council’s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Canada, Lowell Observatory, and the University of California at Los Angeles was recognized as the first runner-up on the 2008 list of top 10 science breakthroughs, which is published by Science. Using telescopes at the Keck and Gemini observatories in Hawaii, the research team took the first snapshots of the multiplanet solar system that orbits a dusty young star named HR8799. The star, which is 140 light years away, is about 1.5 times the size of our Sun.

Livermore physicists Don Correll and Edward Moses were awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed on AAAS members by their peers.

Correll joined the Laboratory in 1976 and has held positions in both the Magnetic Fusion Energy and the Laser Fusion programs. From 1998 to 2003, he served as director of Livermore’s Science and Technology Education Program, and in 2004, he became the director for the Institute for Laser Science Applications. In naming him as a fellow, AAAS honored Correll for his “long-standing recognition and distinguished contributions to science education, including communications and materials targeted toward students, teachers and the general public.”

Moses joined Lawrence Livermore in 1980, becoming program leader for Isotope Separation and Material Processing and deputy associate director for Lasers. In 1990, he left the Laboratory and was a founding partner of Advanced Technology Applications, which advised clients on high-technology projects. He returned to Livermore in 1995 as assistant associate director for program development in Physics and Space Technology and today serves as principal associate director for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science. AAAS recognized Moses for “distinguished scientific and engineering contributions leading to development and construction of the world’s largest and most energetic laser system, the National Ignition Facility.”

Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, with more than 10 million members, and publishes the journal Science. This year, 486 members were named as fellows.

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