Lawrence Livermore biosafety officer Carolyn Hall was certified as a Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). To attain certification, applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biology, microbiology, or a related field; have four years of experience as a biosafety professional; and pass ASM’s stringent National Registry for Certified Microbiologists examination. The test covers a broad range of topics, including biological risk assessments, work practices and procedures, facility design, equipment operation and maintenance, and federal regulations. Only 44 percent of the applicants passed this year’s examination. Hall holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Stanford University.


Workforce Magazine announced that Kellie Glaser, program manager for the Livermore Laboratory Employee Services Association, was a recipient of the 2017 Workforce Game Changers Award. This international award program selects the top human resources practitioners and strategists under the age of 40 who are dedicated to promoting the profession with innovative people-management practices. Glaser was recognized for her efforts in engaging Livermore’s workforce through programs designed to improve work–life balance.


Six Lawrence Livermore employees— Maryum Fatima Ahmed, Brent Blue, Sahar El-Etr, Kim Knight, Jack Kotovsky, and Charalynn Macedo —have received National Security Affairs (NSA) certificates from the Bush School of Government and Public Administration at Texas A&M University. The employees completed a yearlong, graduate-level program that includes courses, seminars, and other activities. The NSA certificate program is administered by the Bush School in cooperation with the Laboratory’s Office of University Relations and Science Education. Sixty-six Livermore employees have graduated from the program since its inception in 2008.


Livermore physicist Andrew MacKinnon has been awarded the John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research by the American Physical Society’s (APS’s) Division of Plasma Physics. The annual award recognizes a specific outstanding achievement in plasma physics research. MacKinnon was cited by APS “for pioneering use of proton radiography to reveal new aspects of flows, instabilities, and fields in high-energy-density plasmas.”