Environmental Energy Technologies Division Director Ashok Gadgil is among the inductees of the 2014 National Inventors Hall of Fame. To be considered, Inductees must hold a United States Patent for an invention that has contributed significantly to the nation’s welfare and the advancement of science and useful arts. Gadgil was recognized for his innovative solutions for providing clean water in the world’s developing nations. Included among the inductees, surprisingly, is movie actress Hedy LaMarr. More>
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Andre Anders, who leads the plasma applications group for the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division, has won the 2014 Dyke Award from the International Symposia on Discharge and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum (ISDEIV), the highest honor that organization bestows. Anders is receiving a lifetime achievement award. Anders conducts research in plasma physics and material science, including coatings and thin film synthesis, high power impulse magnetron sputtering, cathodic vacuum arc plasma and ion sources, gas plasma sources, ion implantation, and plasma immersion ion implantation, transparent conducting oxides, and electrochromic materials. He will receive his award and cash prize at the next ISDEIV, which will be held this fall in Mumbai, India.
Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist with the Physical Biosciences Division whose scientific career has focused on unraveling the mysteries of RNA, has won the 2014 Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences, awarded by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Doudna was recognized for her ground-breaking research into CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), a central RNA-based component of the bacterial immune system involved in genome editing and gene-regulation, that has become a powerful new tool for synthetic biology. The Lurie Prize comes with a medal and a $100,000 honorarium, which Doudna will receive at a ceremony on May 20 in Washington, D.C. More>
Alexandra Krawicz — a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis working with Physical Biosciences Division principal investigator Gary F. Moore — was acknowledged for her contributions to the field of Artificial Photosynthesis at the 23rd Western Photosynthesis Conference held in Pacific Grove, CA. Her presentation at the meeting, “Structure, Energetics and Efficiency Analysis of a Cobaloxime Modified Photocathode” described work recently published with coauthor Diana Cedeno and corresponding author Gary F. Moore in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. The research provides an energetics and efficiency analysis of a material capable of harnessing solar energy into fuel.
Dressed formally in white tie and tails, with a laurel wreath on his head, Charles Fadley (right, pictured with Joseph Nordgren) of the Advanced Light Source recently received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden. Fadley was recognized for his research on condensed matter, materials, and surface/interface physics, as well as molecular physics. His work, especially synchrotron-light-based spectroscopic studies of surfaces, magnetic materials, and nanostructures, has inspired researchers around the world and at Uppsala. More>
Eli Yablonovitch of the Materials Sciences Division, and a member of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at Berkeley, has received the 2014 Rank Prize in Optoelectronics. The award recognizes his “idea that strained semiconductor lasers would have superior performance owing to reduced valence band (hole) effective mass.” Almost all semiconductor lasers use this concept, including for DVD players, for the ubiquitous red laser pointers, and for the optical communication that occurs in almost all internet mouse clicks. Rank Prizes are awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to certain scientific fields, including optoelectronics, where an initial idea has been carried through to practical applications that have, or will, demonstrably benefit mankind.
Chief Operating Officer Glenn Kubiak (left), along with members of the Facilities Division, honored bus driver Fran Hinkston for her heroic awareness late last month, which prevented her from running over an unconscious cyclist lying in the middle of the road. She received a Safety SPOT award and $300 check from MV Transportation, the contractor who manages the Lab’s bus service. More>
A visualization of soap bubbles bursting and reforming, created by Berkeley Lab mathematicians Robert Saye and James Sethian, has won honorable mention in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by Science magazine and the National Science Foundation. More>
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) announced the winners of its second annual High Performance Computing (HPC) Achievement Awards during its annual User Group meeting. The awards recognize NERSC users who have either demonstrated an innovative use of HPC resources to solve a scientific problem, or whose work has had an exceptional impact on scientific understanding or society. To encourage younger scientists who are using HPC in their research, NERSC also presented two early career awards. More>
President Obama shares a laugh with Lab physicist and former director Andy Sessler (left) as part of the Fermi Award ceremony. This image was also the White House’s Monday “Photo of the Day.” More>