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LLNL/Las Positas College 'Science and Engineering Seminar Series' launches new season

Nicholas Be, postdoctoral research scientist in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division at LLNL, will present " Combating Infections: Fighting to Heal Wounds from the Battlefield," on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6-7:15 p.m. at Las Positas College. The presentation is provided in partnership by LLNL and Las Positas College as part of the "Science and Engineering Seminar Series…

Media advisory: EYH Conference

WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Sandia National Laboratories and the University of the Pacific School of Engineering and Computer Science will co-sponsor the 21st annual San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference. See the Website for more information.WHAT: The popular daylong conference introduces girls in grades 6-12 to a variety of challenging…

Lab engineer brings science and technology to Bay Area youth

Victor Castillo is focused on helping students succeed using his favorite tools: science and technology.The quantitative risk analysis group leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Computational Engineering Division has spent many years giving back to the Bay Area community through youth development.In his free time, he mentors students in science and…

LLNL hosts plasma physics summer school

Three students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) participated in a two-week plasma physics summer school at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The course, "Introduction to the Analysis of Spectra from High-Temperature Plasmas," was a concentrated introduction to the study of astrophysical plasmas, magnetic fusion plasmas and laser…

Laboratory academy provides teachers with 'real world' context to teach science

LIVERMORE, Calif., - California and Hawaii teachers seeking real-world knowledge to teach biotech and computational modeling are attending the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Teacher Research Academy that began on July 22.The academy is a summer-long series of professional development workshops for teachers and enrichment programs for students. The programs…

Lab to present summer series of 'Fun with Science'

WHO: The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is holding a special summer series of its popular "Fun with Science" program, presented by the award winning Nick Williams . WHAT: Designed for children at the fifth grade level (though it also can be enjoyed by children younger and older), the free program is intended to spark children's interest in science through…

Lab women researchers highlighted

In conjunction with the March Women's History Month celebration, the U.S. Department of Energy is highlighting women scientists and engineers, including a number from LLNL.In a website feature, called "Women @ Energy: Innovators in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)," DOE is presenting short profiles about women who work in these fields to help the…

Where are they now?

The following is the first in an occasional series of stories about students and interns who have worked at the Lab in previous years and gone on to pursue successful careers in science. -------------------------- She may not have realized it at the time, but graduate student Ayano Kohlgruber is convinced that working at the Lab as an intern after high school was an…

'Fun with Science' as seen on TV

This month, the Lab's popular Fun with Science program is featured in a segment of 'Slice of Llfe,' a half-hour show aired on Tri-Valley community television, channel 30.The TV crew came to the Laboratory's Discovery Center while a fifth grade class from Vintage Hills School in Pleasanton was visiting. The students learned about science while participating in…

Local girls expand career horizons at Las Positas College

More than 300 girls in grades 6 through 9 got a peek at possible careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) when they descended on Las Positas College Saturday. Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons, an annual career conference now in its 34th year, was a success, according to the group of volunteers from Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories…

Media Advisory Lab's 'Science On Saturday' lecture explores next-generation diagnostic services

WHO: Lab researchers John Chang, Peter Haugen and Christine Paulson, and Tracy High School teacher Dean Reese will present "Medical Radar: Next-Generation Life-Saving Medical Diagnostic Devices."WHAT: We live in a time when miraculous medical discoveries are occurring on a regular basis. However, many of the miracle tools, because of their size and complexity, are confined…

'Science on Saturday' lecture examines the extreme X-ray universe

"The Extreme X-ray Universe: Discovery Science with NASA's NuSTAR Mission," by Lab scientists Michael Pivovaroff and Bill Craig, and Granada High School teacher Tom Sheffler is the second in the Science on Saturday series to be held Feb. 2 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Two presentations will be offered -- 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft,…

LLNL's Saturday lectures explore cutting edge science

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," returns Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 23. This year's talks cover a wide range of current topics including detecting pathogen DNA; the Lab's technologies used on NASA's NuSTAR Mission; the next generation medical diagnostic devices; and biofuels -- the new energy from ancient life.The…

Lab teams receive NNSA funding for STEM education in minority partnership

The Lab is one of six Department of Energy (DOE) sites that will receive funding along with 22 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), for research areas in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced in a press release that it has awarded $4 million in grants to eight teams comprised…

Reyes receives ANS Professional Women's Achievement Award

LLNL nuclear engineer Susana Reyes is the 2012 recipient of the American Nuclear Society Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women's Achievement Award. In addition to receiving this prestigious award, Reyes has had a dynamic career taking her around the globe. Reyes serves as vice-chair of the ANS Fusion Energy Division. The award recognizes Reyes' "leadership in developing…

Teacher channels students into science pipeline

Michael Sana hopes that his students will be as passionate about science as he is. As a biological science teacher and department head at Waipahu High School on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Sana looks for ways to build partnerships that could help bring more Hawaiian students into the science pipeline. Take his affiliation with the Lab. Sana was first introduced to LLNL's…

Teacher-student teams conduct authentic genomic research

This summer at the Lab, visiting high school teachers are working side by side with their students on an authentic research project that could assist scientists studying biofuels and bioremediation. The research will generate and publish novel DNA sequence data on a species of duckweed. The two-week session at the Edward Teller Education Center (ETEC) is part of a new…

Summer 'Fun with Science' scheduled

Family and friends of Lab employees are invited to a special summer series of the popular "Fun with Science" show hosted by the Lab's Public Affairs Office. Shows are scheduled for:Saturday, July 14Time: 10:30 a.m. - noonLocation: Discovery Center, Bldg. 651Thursday, July 26Time: 1:30-3 p.m.Location: Discovery Center, Bldg. 651Saturday, August 4Time: 10:30 a.m. -…

Interactive program beams scientists into the classroom

When Tracy High School science teacher Dean Reese invited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists to present a lesson to his students, all he had to do was plug in the television monitor in his classroom. That's because the Lab's Sonia Wharton and Jeff Mirocha presented a remote science lesson about wind energy that was broadcast live from the Lawrence…

Livermore students speak live with astronauts in space

Students at Livermore's Junction Avenue School had an opportunity that was "out of this world." They got the chance on Wednesday to talk with three astronauts via an in-flight education downlink from the International Space Station (ISS). The entire school's student body -- from kindergarten to 8th grade -- assembled in two locations to watch the videoconference. "What a…