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December 2001

The Laboratory
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Commentary by
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Design of
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Small Science
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When Lethal
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the Sky

Technology to
Helps Diabetics






Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory received a Technology Innovation Award from the Hydrogen Technical Advisory Panel (HTAP) for developing a hydrogen fuel tank for next-generation automobiles. HTAP is a federal committee established by Congress to review Department of Energy programs.
In a collaborative effort with QUANTUM Technologies, Inc., and ATK Thiokol Propulsion, scientists from Livermore achieved a breakthrough in advanced hydrogen storage technology. They successfully tested a lightweight hydrogen fuel tank that extends the range of fuel-cell vehicles to the equivalent of gasoline vehicles. The HTAP singled out the work of the team for advancing the development of high- cycle-life storage systems, including zero emission vehicles; advancing lightweight compressed hydrogen storage tanks; and developing products for commercial use.

In August, delegates from Hungary honored Livermore cofounder Edward Teller by bestowing on him the Hungarian Corvin Medal, which recognizes exceptional achievement in arts and sciences. The medal was last awarded in 1930.
The award was presented in a private ceremony at Teller’s home on the campus of Stanford University. Delegates representing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban spoke of Teller’s accomplishments not only as a scientist but also as a poet and pianist. Furthermore, said delegate Attila Varhegyi, “I am standing face to face with history. The name of Edward Teller is more than just a person, it is a symbol for Hungary. Edward Teller is the most distinguished Hungarian living in the world today.”

In early November, the American Society for Metals recognized the achievements of members of the materials science and engineering community in its 2001 International Awards Program.
Among the honorees was Christopher Schuh, postdoctoral fellow in the Chemistry and Materials Science Directorate, who received the Henry Marion Howe Medal, an award established in 1923 to recognize authors whose papers have been selected as the best in a particular volume of the society’s professional publication. Schuh’s paper is titled “Modeling Gas Diffusion into Metals with a Moving-Boundary Phase Transformation” and was published in the October 2000 issue of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A.



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