In an obscure corner of the Lab behind the Superblock lies the office of Matthew Weis, a returning summer intern. This summer, in addition to the knowledge he gained at the Lab one year ago, Weis comes equipped with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan.
Many people take their office whiteboards for granted. But not Joel Martinez, a new employee hired in January 2010, who unfortunately was whiteboard-less when he moved into his office. It was important enough to him that he came up with an unconventional way of acquiring one when he arrived at the Lab.
The goal of most interns is to gain knowledge in their field of study, experience in a professional environment and insight into the direction of their career path. But for John Consolati, an internship in the Applications, Simulations, and Quality Division of the Computation Directorate transformed seamlessly into a career.
The Lawrence Scholar working on his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley recently won third place in the “Isotope Transmutation” category of the 2010 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards Program.
Lab Employees enjoy teaching about science in the community. Each year our scientists and engineers create a series of five free lectures and demonstrations targeted at middle and high school students. Topics are selected from the forefront of science and technology research in a variety of disciplines.
“Our Dark and Messy Universe: How One Particle Might Light the Way,” by Steve Asztalos of LLNL, and Tom Shefler, a Granada High School teacher, is the second lecture in the Science on Saturday series this year.
Watch this video to learn how for the first time in history, man has a detailed accounting of what makes up the universe. Yet, 95 percent of the universe defies detection. This lecture will explain how scientists have come to this understanding of the universe and what they think makes up about 25 percent of its mass.