In November, NSD held a two-day offsite retreat which brought together the whole division to discuss the goals of the scientific programs and the division’s people stewardship efforts. The agenda included presentations on scientific activities and goals and interactive discussion sessions on topics including career development and the way we work.
In October, NSD hosted the 11th annual Nuclear Science Day for Scouts. The event provides an opportunity for scouts to earn an event badge and learn about nuclear science through a series of hands-on activities. In the image on the right, NSD Postdoctoral Researcher Emil Rofors describes various radiation detectors on display at the “Detector Expo” station. A description of this year’s event can be found in this article.
Several NSD staff members and affiliates attended the Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics which was held in Hawaii in late November. Presentations delivered by NSD included topics such as the path to element 120 (Larry Phair), reinforcement learning for ion source control and optimization (Yue Shi Lai), and water coordination chemistry of Nobelium and Lawrencium (Mallory McCarthy).
Staff and students from the Applied Nuclear Physics (ANP) program attended the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference in Vancouver in November. The meeting is the largest annual radiation instrumentation conference. Members of ANP and affiliated graduate students delivered a total of 14 presentations, and served as session chairs and topic conveners.
At the conference, ANP Postdoctoral Researcher Lei Pan was recognized with an award for the best paper published in IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science in 2023 for his article entitled Performance of Perovskite CsPbBr3 Single Crystal Detector for Gamma-Ray Detection.
Andre Walker Loud, a Staff Scientist in the Nuclear Theory Program was recently elected a 2023 APS Fellow. He was recognized for his “definitive contributions to fundamental symmetries in nucleons and nuclei, utilizing lattice QCD and Effective Field Theory, including the high-precision computation of the nucleon axial coupling.” Congratulations, Andre!
NSD Staff Scientist Brian Quiter and Faculty Scientist Lee Bernstein received 2023 Berkeley Lab Director’s Awards. Lee received a Tech Transfer award for supporting the “commercialization of his invention, a production method for a groundbreaking but rare cancer drug called AC-225”, and Brian is a member of the Mentoring@LBNL team, which won the IDEA Award for Mentorship “for building the critical foundations of a complex mentoring ecosystem that fulfills different employee needs around mentorship while also modeling the value of team science and cross-Lab collaboration over a 3 year period.” Congratulations Brian and Lee!
Larry Phair, Head of NSD’s 88” Cyclotron Program recently reached 30 years of service. Congratulations to Larry on this major milestone!
NSD welcomes new hires Marilena Lykiardopoulou (Postdoctoral Researcher), Antoine Armatol (Postdoctoral Researcher), and Tobin Dean Kramazs (Mechanical Engineering Associate).