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October 2002

The Laboratory
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Commentary by
Hal Graboske

Sending Up Signals for Genetic Variation

SiMM Is Anything But Simple

World's Most Powerful Solid-State Laser

Stepping Up to Extreme Lithography

Relief for Acute and Chronic Pain

Energy and Environment: Understanding Our World





Two Laboratory researchers were among 60 winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their research careers. Laboratory physicist Mark Hermann and Paul Ricker, whose work at the University of Chicago is supported by the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASCI) program, received their awards at a ceremony at the White House in mid-July. PECASE awardees are nominated by government departments that support science research. They must be directly employed by a national laboratory or have an association with one, and they must be in the first five years of their career.
Herrmann has been working with lasers, currently on projects dealing with inertial confinement fusion and inertial fusion energy. He received a B.S. in physics and two M.S. degrees—in applied science and mathematics—from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His Ph.D. in astrophysical science is from Princeton University.
Ricker is a computational astrophysicist at the ASCI Flash Center at the University of Chicago. He has a B.S. in physics from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. and Ph.D.
in physics from the University of Chicago.

Willy Moss of the Geophysics and Global Security Division of the Energy and Environment Directorate has been elected fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He was honored “for contributions to numerical modeling and single-bubble sonoluminescence.” The presentation of his fellowship certificate will be made during the plenary session of the society’s meeting in Cancun in early December.

Francois Heuze, also of the Geophysics and Global Security Division, has been elected president of the American Rock Mechanics Association for a 2-year term. Heuze is a member of the Laboratory team working on problems of hard and deeply buried targets and is representing the Laboratory on the Mining Review Board for the U1a underground complex at the Nevada Test Site. Heuze’s career in rock engineering began in 1962. He has been at the Laboratory for 23 years.


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