FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004
Chris Harrington (202) 997-3150
UC RESEARCHERS WIN SIX OF SEVEN NATIONAL SCIENCE AWARDS
The U.S. Department of Energy announced today (Wednesday) that six University
of California scientists are this year's recipients of the E.O. Lawrence
Award, given to scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions
in the broadly defined field of atomic energy.
Awards are presented in the areas of life sciences, physics, national
security, chemistry, materials research, environmental sciences, and
nuclear technology -- UC scientists received recognition in six of the
Each winner will receive a gold medal, a citation and $50,000 at a Washington,
D.C., awards ceremony set for Nov. 8.
This year's Lawrence award winners highlight the tremendous national
contributions that UC scientists are making in the atomic energy fields," said
UC President Robert C. Dynes. "These awards recognize the breadth
of scientific and technological work being done at both the UC managed
national laboratories and our campuses.
These researchers are to be commended for their scientific accomplishments."
We are all enriched by the contributions these researchers have made,
ranging from engines with no moving parts to better ways to see the stars," said
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. "These awards, and the research
for which they are given, show that DOE could easily be called the Department
of Science and Energy."
The UC recipients of this year's E.O. Lawrence Awards, by category, are:
Life sciences: Bette Korber of Los Alamos National Laboratory for "her
pioneering studies delineating the genetic characteristics of the HIV
virus after its transmission from mother to child, during the progression
of the disease, and within different tissues in the host; and for her
painstaking development of the Los Alamos HIV database, which forms the
foundation for HIV research for the scientific community. This resource
has been used to aid in the design of successful therapies, for vaccine
design and for understanding the implications of the evolution of variation
in this extraordinary diverse virus." Korber is a technical staff
member in the theoretical biology and biophysics group at Los Alamos.
Physics: Claire Max of University of California, Santa Cruz and Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory for "contributions to the initial
theory of adaptive optics with laser guide stars, and for leadership
in its subsequent application to ground-based observational astronomy." Max
is a professor and astronomer at UC Santa Cruz and physicist at the Institute
of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Lawrence Livermore.
National security: Fred Mortensen of Los Alamos National Laboratory for "his
outstanding technical contributions in nuclear weapons design and for
his leadership and expert judgment that have enabled the continued certification
of the safety and reliability of nuclear weapons in an era without nuclear
testing." Mortensen is a project design leader in the thermonuclear
applications group at Los Alamos as well as a Laboratory Fellow.
Chemistry: Richard J. Saykally of UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory for "the invention of velocity modulation spectroscopy
of molecular ions; for the development of far infrared vibration-rotation
spectroscopy of radicals, clusters and carbon chains; for the elucidation
of the structure and potential energy surfaces for water clusters; and
for the development and application of cavity ringdown spectroscopy techniques." Saykally
is a professor at UC Berkeley and senior scientist with the national
laboratory's chemical sciences division.
Materials research: Ivan Schuller of UC San Diego for "creating
the field of metallic superlattices and recognizing the impact of these
materials on magnetism and superconductivity through their remarkable
thermodynamic and transport properties." Schuller is a professor
of physics in UCSD's division of physical sciences.
Environmental science and technology: Gregory W. Swift of Los Alamos
National Laboratory for "developing the theory of thermoacoustics
and for designing, constructing and testing practical devices. These
devices will have many applications as refrigerators, engines, pumps
and materials separators. He and his team have brought this discipline
from a theoretical and laboratory curiosity to a practicality of enormous
potential." Swift is a technical staff member in the laboratory's
condensed matter and thermal physics group as well as a Laboratory Fellow.
The seventh winner of the E.O. Lawrence Award is Nathaniel Fisch from
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University.
The E.O. Lawrence Award was established in 1959 in memory of Ernest Orlando
Lawrence, winner of the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention
of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door
to high-energy physics. He was the founder and director of the Lawrence
Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories in California.
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