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October 2013

Over the last 50 years, scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Biosciences and Biotechnology Division have been instrumental researchers on the Human Genome Project, developing high-tech devices to sort cells and analyze DNA and providing the science for federal programs to defend the nation from biological weapons.

Livermore has compiled a complete list of their biosciences contributions. See more.

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In the 1970s, the Laboratory established preeminence in cytometric research. Livermore was the first to use flow cytometry to sort chromosomes.

 Livermore's biosciences celebrates 50th anniversary

The most recent NNSA quarterly summary of experiments conducted as part of its science-based stockpile stewardship program is now available here.

The quarterly summary prepared by NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs provides descriptions of key NNSA facilities that conduct stockpile stewardship experiments. These include some of the most sophisticated scientific research facilities in the world including, the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories. The summary also provides the number of experiments performed at each facility during each quarter of the fiscal year.

The U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program is a robust program of scientific inquiry used to sustain and assess the nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear tests. The experiments carried out within the program are used in combination with complex computational models and NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program to assess the safety, security and effectiveness of the stockpile. An extraordinary set of science, technology and engineering (ST&E) facilities have been established in support of the stockpile stewardship program.

Savannah River Tritium Enterprise (SRTE) went above and beyond its FY13 productivity savings goals. Overall, SRTE’s validated productivity savings totaled $2.605 million, which represents more than 116 percent of the goal. Performance against other Continuous Improvement goals was impressive as well, with 20 percent of employees engaged in a Continuous Improvement (CI) action each month and each division initiating at least one Lean Event per month.

Among the 28 CI projects validated in FY13 were:

  • The development of a calibration process that will maintain the Measuring and Test Equipment tools for facility operations, while reducing the overall cost of the program (validated savings more than $377,000)
  • A Glove Test Project to help resolve permeation and glove degradation issues, using SRTE Engineering interns to perform the needed testing (validated savings of nearly $176,000) 
  • The replacement of lead acid batteries in the standby diesel generator with environmentally friendly absorbed gas mat batteries, eliminating the need for a safety shower (validated savings more than $118,000)

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P.K. Hightower of SRTE Quality & Performance Excellence presents to Joe Shake of SRTE Engineering a shirt in recognition of his contributions to SRTE's productivity savings.

Savannah River Tritium Enterprise exceeds productivity savings goals for FY13

The National Security Campus design team has been named a global winner of the “Design is…" award program which honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of design.

It’s been less than a year since the building’s completion and Kansas City-based architectural firm, HNTB Inc., has already won three industry awards for their interior design elements. HNTB was tasked with designing a work space that was energizing, reflected our mission, and created a crisp, clean and bright place to work.

The customer focus areas, such as the main meeting center and entries to every pod use either the full hexagon for a literal effect or a fractured, manipulated design of the shape.

The floors of the building are on the raised access floor that allows a more efficient distribution of data, power and HVAC ventilation. This design element was intentionally left as unfinished concrete not only to be a good steward of the budget but to give employees the sense they were seeing the inner workings of the structure. The slanted ceilings in the open office areas, based on the geometric shape tetrahedron, was a mechanism to visually shorten a space equal in length to a football field while creating visual interest. Between the ceiling tile “clouds,” the structure is visible, revealing the tectonic structure of the building.

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 National Security Campus design team wins global award

National Security Campus design team wins global award