Science Spectrum magazine has recognized three Laboratory scientists as being top performers in their respective fields. The award recipients were honored in September 2006 at the Minorities in Research Science Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
Robert Shepard of the Administration and Human Resources Directorate was awarded the Emerald Honors Educational Leadership Award. Shepard is the founding executive director
of the Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc. (SEA), a nonprofit education research consortium of four historically black colleges and universities. SEA, headquartered in Washington, DC, collaborates on research projects for government agencies, the private sector, and other universities to increase participation of faculty at underrepresented academic institutions in a broad range of scientific and technical disciplines. Shepard is a long-time advocate for recruiting and retaining minorities in the Livermore technical workforce.
Hope Ishii of the Physics and Advanced Technologies Directorate was honored with a Trailblazer Award, which recognizes outstanding minority and women professionals whose leadership and innovative thinking on the job and in the community extend throughout and beyond their industry. Ishii studies astromaterials and has developed a method for extracting comet dust from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Stardust mission that was returned to Earth in January 2006.
Dean Williams of the Computation Directorate was also selected to receive a Trailblazer Award. Williams leads a variety of software projects aimed at data analysis and visualization of climate models. He is also active in Livermore’s recruiting efforts and participates in the summer student program to help ensure the Laboratory continues to hire qualified minorities into scientific fields.
Livermore’s Plant Engineering Department has won two awards for a construction safety video promoting a safety-first culture at the Laboratory. “Contractors Construction Safety Orientation at LLNL” earned both an Aegis Award and a DV Award, which is sponsored by Digital Video Magazine.
The video, which communicates the importance of creating
and sustaining a safe and productive work environment, is
required viewing for all subcontractors performing construction work at Livermore. The video has been produced in both English and Spanish.
The Aegis Award recognizes excellence in video and film productions by such groups as news and media organizations, government agencies, universities, and Fortune 500 companies. The DV Award acknowledges outstanding creative and
technical achievements in digital video production such as independent films, commercials, corporate communications,
and industrial videos.