Director Emeritus Bruce Tarter was awarded the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Gold Award, its highest honorary award, during a special ceremony October 25, 2004, at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Former Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham presented the award to Tarter. The award was given in recognition of outstanding contributions to DOE while serving as director of Lawrence Livermore from 1994 through 2002.
Under Tarter’s leadership, the citation reads, “the Lab demonstrated extraordinary achievement in its mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important problems of our time. A driving force in the Lab’s transition to a post–Cold War nuclear weapons world, [Tarter] helped transform the nuclear weapons program from a ‘design, test, and build’ approach to a science-based Stockpile Stewardship effort focused on assessment, safety, reliability, and performance of the Lab’s designed warheads.” Tarter “also initiated impressive programs in areas of nonprofliferation and counter-terrorism and in energy, environment and bioscience.”
Ron Hafner of Livermore’s Engineering Directorate is one of the 25 recipients of the National Weather Service’s (NWS’s) annual Holm Award. Named after John Campanius Holm, the award was created in 1959 as a way for NWS to honor cooperative accomplishments in the field of meteorological observation. More than 11,000 people and organizations across the nation participate in NWS’s cooperative observer program, which began 120 years ago.
In June 1981, Hafner began taking daily measurements. He became the seventh person to participate in the unbroken chain of continuous weather readings in Livermore, which date back to March 1870. Hafner sends his monthly data to NWS in Ashville, North Carolina, where it combines the statistics from all of the cooperative weather observers throughout the nation. The data provide the historical climatological record for the U.S.