Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore was recently recognized by the National Safety Council for its strong and improving safety performance in 2012. The Laboratory exceeded 2 million work hours without a lost-time injury during the period February 15 through April 18. The Laboratory also was recognized for an overall significant improvement in safety performance in 2012 by reducing its lost-work-day frequency rate by more than 25 percent.

Allen Grayson, an environmental scientist in the Environment, Safety, and Health Directorate, was named Person of the Year by the Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention, and Storm Water Committee of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) at the association’s annual conference in April 2013. Awards in more than 20 categories were presented to agencies and individuals recognized as leaders in the water and wastewater field. Established in 1929, CWEA’s awards program recognizes and honors California water environment professionals, collection systems, and treatment plants.

Grayson has been responsible for water pretreatment issues at Livermore for the past 23 years. He also has been actively involved in CWEA for more than 25 years, serving in numerous leadership positions. In addition, Grayson has been instrumental in conducting outreach efforts among elementary and high school students to help develop an early interest in water treatment careers.

Livermore physicist Yuan Ping was awarded $2.5 million in funding through the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Early Career Research Program. The DOE program is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

“I am very honored and grateful for this great opportunity to do more high-quality work,” says Ping. Her project, selected by the Office of Fusion Research, aims to provide data on critical energy transport properties of high-energy-density (HED) matter. Transport processes, such as thermal and electrical conduction, determine the mechanisms and rates of energy transfer and redistribution within HED matter. A suite of recently developed novel x-ray and optical techniques makes it possible to obtain these challenging measurements.