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NNSA Participates in AAAS Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Researchers, scientists, physicists and engineers from across the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) enterprise are scheduled to present at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting Feb. 18-22 in San Diego, Calif.

"This is an excellent opportunity for the talented individuals who comprise the nuclear security enterprise to showcase their work to a national and international audience," said Brig. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application at NNSA. "Our people are among the best in their respective areas of science, technology, engineering, education and policy-making. Events like AAAS give them an opportunity to showcase their expertise and highlight the benefits of our country's investment in nuclear security."

The theme of the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting — "Bridging Science and Society" — calls on scientists and engineers to make their work both beneficial and understandable and on society to discover again the excitement and hope that research and its findings offer.

President Obama articulated the importance of a global vision in his first major address to scientists in April 2009: "Science, technology, and innovation proceed more rapidly and more cost-effectively when insights, costs, and risks are shared; and so many of the challenges that science and technology will help us meet are global in character. This is true of our dependence on oil, the consequences of climate change, the threat of epidemic disease, and the spread of nuclear weapons."

For years, NNSA and the Department of Energy have leveraged some of the best science and technology in the world to promote game-changing innovation. The supercomputing capabilities developed to enable researchers to simulate nuclear explosions as part of the stockpile stewardship program have also proven valuable in modeling climate change, tracking the spread of pandemic diseases, and bringing new products and technologies to market faster. Research into fusion – which was also developed to support stockpile stewardship efforts – may hold the potential to promote clean energy and to unlock the secrets of the stars. 

Scientists and researchers from NNSA's laboratories are continuing that tradition by participating in the AAAS meeting in the following areas:

Los Alamos National Laboratory served as an organizer for Nanotechnology:
Will Nanomaterials Revolutionize Energy Applications?

Topics presented by Sandia National Laboratories researchers include
Resources, Methods, and Approaches for Algae Production
Solid State Lighting

Topics by Livermore National Laboratory researchers include:
Revolutionizing Isotope Science and Applications with Laser-Like Gamma-Rays
Is There Fusion in Our Future?
Large-Scale Network Analysis for Counterterrorism
Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy
Analytical Challenges in Detecting Undeclared Nuclear Activities
Placeholder: The White House and Lab-to-Lab Exchanges
The National Ignition Facility: Creating Star Power in the Laboratory

For additional information about the AAAS annual meeting see:

To see President Obama's remarks as prepared for delivery to the National Academy of Sciences see:

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit for more information.

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