Computer scientist Steve Suppe was awarded a Fulbright Student Grant to study at the University of Haifa in Israel. Sponsored by the State Department, the Fulbright Program provides students, scholars, and career professionals access to graduate study, advanced research, and teaching opportunities at institutions around the world. Suppe, who works in Global Security’s Computing Application Division, will work in conjunction with IBM Research Labs, also in Haifa.
Livermore retiree Charlie Westbrook of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate received the Bernard Lewis Gold Medal from the Combustion Institute. Westbrook was honored “For brilliant research in the field of combustion, particularly on the pioneering development of detailed chemical kinetic mechanisms for use in practical applications.” Founded in 1954 by Lewis, the Combustion Institute promotes and disseminates research on combustion science.
The Department of Energy’s Office of Science Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (OASCR) gave an OASCR (pronounced Oscar) award to Dave Eder and the Facility Modeling Group of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and Photon Science Principal Directorate. OASCR awards are presented for research visualizations either directly funded by the Office of Science or created on tools provided by that office. Eder’s group is working on issues related to electromagnetic pulses that result from extremely short but very high-energy laser bursts, such as those that will be created inside the NIF target chamber. The group’s visualization, made with the Laboratory’s VisIt software, shows a burst of electrons coming off a laser target after it is hit by a short-pulse laser. The experiment was designed to determine the best placement and shielding of diagnostic instruments located inside or near laser chambers.