Two Postdoctoral Researchers from NSD competed in the final of the Berkeley Lab Research SLAM. Fatima Garcia from the Low Energy Nuclear Physics Program and Emil Rofors from The Applied Nuclear Physics Program represented the Division in the SLAM competition where contestants are challenged to present a three-minute presentation of their research to a non-specialist audience.
Fatima presented a talk entitled “The Great Periodic Table Debate” in which she provided an insight into how the Superheavy Elements Group is exploring new regions of the periodic table. Emil’s presentation was entitled “Hey Drone, Should I Eat that Banana?” and described how he is combining radiation detectors, robotics, and advanced algorithms to develop new capabilities for the detection and mapping of nuclear radiation.
Twelve presenters competed in the final, delivering their presentations to an audience from across the Lab, and a panel of judges. First place went to Sarah Gleeson, ESA. Second place went to Mohammed Ombadi, EESA. Third place went to Aparajitha Srinivasan, BSA. They will now advance to the regional Bay Area Research SLAM to compete against the finalists from Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Sandia National Labs, and SLAC National Lab.