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Nominations for DOE’s E.O. Lawrence, Fermi Awards Now Open

The Lawrence Award recognizes exceptional scientific, technical achievements of mid-career scientists related to the Department of Energy’s programs. The Fermi Award recognizes achievement in basic and applied research. Nominations are due by June 15. More>

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CRD’s James Demmel Honored as an ACM Computing Innovator

James Demmel was honored by ACM for his work on numerical linear algebra libraries, including LAPACK (Linear Algebra Package), a standard software library that forms part of the standard mathematical libraries for many vendors. More>

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Lab’s Doudna Makes Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential’ List

Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were recognized for their development of CRISPR-Cas9 technology, which gives scientists the power to remove or add genetic material at will. Geneticists have used this technology to cut out HIV, to correct sickle-cell anemia, and to alter cancer cells to make them more susceptible to chemotherapy. More>

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CRD’s Ann Almgren, Esmond Ng Named as 2015 SIAM Fellows

Ann Almgren and Esmond Ng of the Computational Research Division (CRD) are among the 2015 class of 31 mathematicians named as Fellows of SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. More>

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NCEM’s Andrew Minor Receives Microscopy Society’s Burton Medal

The award recognizes scientists under the age of 40 who have made distinguished contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis. Minor is the acting director for the National Center for Electron Microscopy and researches new techniques to characterize both organic and inorganic materials with electron microscopy.

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NAS Announces New ‘Convergence Research’ Prize

The $400K National Academy of Sciences award will recognize advances that integrate two or more of the following disciplines: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biomedicine, biology, astronomy, earth sciences, engineering, and computational science. More>

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Lab Gets $1 Million Biomass Grant From State Energy Commission

The monies will fund research and match waste biomass sources in California with electrical grid, industrial, building power, and waste heat needs. By combining generation with need for hot air or hot water, neighboring plants can make more efficient use of local resources. More>

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Keasling Honored by Chalmers For His Work on Anti-Malaria Drug

Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden has appointed JBEI’s CEO Jay Keasling as honorable doctor for his significant contributions in metabolic engineering, in particular his work on developing a bio-based process for production of production of the anti-malarial drug artemisinic acid. More>

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Judith Campisi Wins Olav Thon Foundation Prize

It is the organization’s first international research award in the medical and natural sciences. Campisi was recognized for her pioneering work on the connection between aging, cancer, and the process of cellular senescence, which is linked to chronic inflammation. She shares the prize with Yosef Shiloh. More>

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Gadgil, Salmeron, Wieman Receive APS Awards

Ashok Gadgil received the Leo Sziler Lectureship Award, Miquel Salmeron received the Germer Prize in Surface Physics, and Howard Wieman (now retired) received the Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics. More>

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