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Livermore astrophysicist Claire Max is one of seven scientists to win the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) 2004 E. O. Lawrence Award. The award is given for outstanding contributions in the field of atomic energy. Max received the award in the physics category for her contributions to the theory of laser guide star adaptive optics and its application to correct the blurring in astronomical images taken with ground-based telescopes. Max was the founding director of the Laboratory’s Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics and continues to serve on that staff. In addition, she is a professor at the University of California (UC) at Santa Cruz and serves as deputy director for the university’s Center for Adaptive Optics. Max is the 25th Livermore employee to receive the Lawrence Award since 1959, when it was established in memory of Laboratory cofounder Ernest Orlando Lawrence.

Two Livermore research collaborators, Brian Wirth and Catherine Snelson, were among a group of young scientists honored at a White House ceremony with the 2003 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Wirth and Snelson were nominated by the Laboratory for their collaborative research in support of DOE Defense Programs. They also received the DOE Defense Programs Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award. Wirth, a faculty member at UC Berkeley, received the awards for his work in computational dynamics studies of dislocations and defects in metals. Before joining UC Berkeley, he worked in Livermore’s Chemistry and Materials Science Directorate. Snelson, who is with the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, was honored for her contributions in characterizing the geologic structure of the Las Vegas basin.

With support from Livermore’s Research Collaborations Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCUs and MIs), Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, received a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence for Research in Science and Technology (CREST) award to establish a Center for Physics and Chemistry of Materials. The Research Collaborations Program for HBCUs and MIs develops and promotes scientific connections between the Laboratory and universities that serve minority populations. The Laboratory’s current collaborations with Fisk include studies of materials for solid-state tunable midinfrared lasers, radiation detectors for homeland security and space science applications, and an antifreeze protein found in arctic fish that prevents their blood from freezing in subzero temperatures.

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UCRL-52000-04-12 | December 7, 2004