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September 2001

The Laboratory
in the News

Commentary by
Jan Tulk

Zeroing In
on Genes

Big Glass for
a Big Laser

Lasershot Makes
Its Mark

Tracking the
Global Spread
of Advanced






Laser and plasma physicist Mordy Rosen is one of two recipients of the prestigious Edward Teller Medal for 2001. The medal, awarded by the American Nuclear Society (ANS), recognizes pioneering research and leadership in inertial fusion sciences and applications.
Rosen, the former X Division leader and now its chief scientist, is recognized internationally for major contributions to the development of laboratory soft x-ray lasers. He has also contributed to the design and analysis of high-energy-density and inertial-confinement-fusion experiments. These complex experiments have been used to study electron and radiation transport and the properties of hot dense matter. This work—along with that of many others—provided an important foundation for the national science-based stockpile stewardship effort and contributed to Department of Energy approval of the National Ignition Facility being constructed at Livermore.
ANS is a not-for-profit international scientific and educational organization established in 1954 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., by individuals seeking to unify the professional activities within the diverse fields of nuclear science and technology.
Professor Stefano Atzeni of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and the Italian National Institute for the Physics of Matter is the other winner of this year’s Teller Medal. He and Rosen join a select group of 18 scientists from 9 countries who have been awarded the Teller Medal in previous years.

Quazi Hossain, an engineer in the New Technology Engineering Division, was recently honored with the title of fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
To qualify as an ASCE fellow, a civil engineer must be an active member of the society for at least 10 years, be a legally registered engineer, and demonstrate notable achievements in the advancement of the engineering profession. Hossain’s achievements include distinguished service as chairman of the ASCE Working Committee on High Level Radioactive Waste Repository, for which he received an ASCE Certificate in 1991.
To advance to fellow, Hossain had to be nominated by a specialty committee of ASCE and three ASCE fellows. Promotion to fellow is one of the highest honors given by ASCE.
Hossain joined the Laboratory in 1992, working on projects related to natural hazard mitigation for nuclear facilities. He was the principal investigator for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Advanced Light-Water Reactor project and the principal author of the Department of Energy standard on seismic classification of structures, systems,
and components. He was also a key contributor to DOE’s standard on aircraft crashes on hazardous facilities, the Tornado Hazard Characterization project, and the project
to develop seismic design criteria for the Yucca Mountain project. In 1998, Hossain began working for Livermore’s Hazard Mitigation Center and was named a codirector
in 2001.




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