LANL Honors Four Awards for Research and Leadership with Lab Fellow Awards – Los Alamos Reporter
LANL Researchers, clockwise from top left: Andrew Gaunt, Bill Daughton, Eva Birnbaum and Cristiano Nisoli will be honored by the LANL Fellows Prizes. Photo courtesy of LANL
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Four researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory will be honored with Laboratory Fellows Awards at a ceremony on October 6. Bill Daughton, Andrew Gaunt and Cristiano Nisoli will receive the Fellows for Research award, and Eva Birnbaum will receive the Fellows for Leadership award. congratulate Bill, Andrew, Cristiano and Eva on receiving these prestigious awards, ”said John Sarrao, deputy director of the laboratory for science, technology and engineering. “Bill’s significant advances in internal containment fusion, Andrew’s key role in transuranic chemistry, and Cristiano’s work on magnetic materials have profoundly influenced their respective fields and the Laboratory. Eva’s leadership in isotope production impacted national priorities and differentiated Los Alamos.
The Fellows for Research Awards are given to individuals for outstanding laboratory research that has been published over the past 10 years and that has had a significant impact on their discipline or program. The Fellows for Leadership Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding scientific and technical leadership in the laboratory and recognizes the value of such leadership in stimulating the interest of talented young members of staff in the development of new technologies.
Bill Daughton, of the lab’s primary physics group, was shortlisted for the research award for his outstanding work in the area of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research, which includes major discoveries in the physics of the volumetric ignition and combustion in trapped capsules by radiation. He is also extremely influential in other areas of plasma physics, including magnetic reconnection, turbulence, and energetic acceleration of particles.
Andrew Gaunt received the Research Award for Advances in Transuranic Molecular Chemistry. His contributions over the past 10 years have helped shape current transuranic chemistry internationally. It has also opened up unique capabilities to foster broad collaborations, both national and international. Gaunt works in Los Alamos’ Inorganic, Isotopic, and Actinide Chemistry Group.
Cristiano Nisoli, from the Physics and Condensed Matter and Complex Systems group of the laboratory, was shortlisted for the research prize for his pioneering contributions in the fields of magnetism and new magnetic materials. Nisoli raised Los Alamos’ profile in the nanotechnology of magnetism and made outstanding contributions to programmatic science that greatly benefit the Laboratory.
Eva Birnbaum, head of the Laboratory’s Isotope program, received the Leadership Award for her contribution to the isotopic enterprise. Birnbaum has made significant investments in early career personnel and in building new capacity for isotope production. In addition to navigating the Isotope program through a period of substantial transition, she has also led the laboratory’s R&D activities through dramatic growth, making the program an internationally recognized leading capability in the use high-energy accelerators for isotope research and production.
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