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Livermore researchers Edmond Chow and Christine Orme each received a 2002 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers—the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. Chow, a computer scientist in the Laboratory’s Computation Directorate, was honored “for research into preconditioning methods for discretized partial differential equations that has enabled scientists at LLNL to perform implicit simulations that were previously impossible. His planned research will produce still more sophisticated techniques; these will greatly facilitate the manner in which numerical simulation methods are developed and applied.” Orme, a physicist in the Chemistry and Materials Science Directorate, was honored “for her work in understanding the physical mechanisms of biomineralization and the development of force microscopy–based methods of investigating mineralization at the nanoscale.”

Livermore postdoctoral researcher Richard Snavely received the Allen G. Marr Distinguished Dissertation Award from the University of California (UC) at Davis for his dissertation, “Physics of Laser Driven Relativistic Plasmas, Energetic X-Rays, Proton Beams and Relativistic Electron Transport in Petawatt Laser Experiments.” The award is given annually in honor of Allen G. Marr, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, to a current or past UC Davis doctoral student for superior dissertation work that “makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.” Snavely, a former Student Employee Graduate Research Fellowship student, works in the National Ignition Facility’s High Energy Density Experimental Science Program.

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, selected a paper written by a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore and the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Grounds’ West Desert Test Center as the most intriguing paper of the fourth quarter of 2003. The team’s article, which appeared in the October 15, 2003, issue of Analytical Chemistry, details the use of the Autonomous Pathogen Detection System (APDS)—the Laboratory’s next-generation biological detection system. It was chosen from about 200,000 documents reviewed by CAS. The paper’s coauthors are Don Masquelier, Steve Brown, Thomas Metz, and Keith Burris (now retired) from Livermore’s Engineering Directorate; Benjamin Hindson, Anthony Makarewicz, Kodumudi Venkateswaran, and Bill Colston from the Physics and Advanced Technologies Directorate; Fred Milanovich, founder of the Laboratory’s Chemical and Biological National Security Program; Richard Langlois from the Biology and Biotechnology Research Program; and Kar Wing Tsang, Ruth Bryan, and Doug Anderson from the West Desert Test Center in Dugway, Utah.

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) honored 10 Lawrence Livermore firefighters for their heroic actions in fighting two wildfires in southern California. In October 2003, the Laboratory dispatched 3 strike teams and 10 firefighters to assist the crews battling the Grand Prix fire in San Bernardino County and the Cedar fire in San Diego County. The firefighters were honored for their “expertise, dedication and professionalism” in saving “numerous homes, structures and property” from the largest wildfire in California history. “Their heroic actions have brought great credit to the Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,” said NNSA Administrator Linton Brooks, in the inscription on each award. The honorees were battalion chiefs James Watkins and Mike Mclaughlin, captains Randy Carter and Robert Verdie, and firefighters Stephen Keating, Cindy Mariolle, Mike Moyles, Matt Portteus, Ken Rinna, and Kyle Willet.

Patricia Axelrod was selected Outstanding Chairperson of 2003 by the San Francisco/East Bay Branch of Community Health Charities of California (CHCC) for her work as cochair of the Laboratory’s 2003 HOME (Helping Others More Effectively) campaign. Axelrod was chosen because of her enthusiasm and focus in arranging presentations for Livermore employees so they could learn more about the charities participating in the campaign. CHCC supports the California chapters of more than 50 national and regional health agencies. The 2003 HOME campaign raised more than $1.5 million for more than 200 nonprofit agencies.

Jose M. Hernandez was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to join the 2004 Astronaut Candidate Class. Hernandez worked as an electrical engineer at Livermore for 15 years before taking a leave of absence in 2001 to join NASA.

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