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In the Field: Counting Trees in the Amazon Jungle

Jeff Chambers’ path to the Amazon forest started 20 years ago in an unlikely place: Livermore, California. Since then, he has bushwhacked through dense woodland, traveled hundreds of miles down jungle rivers, had close encounters with the world’s most painful ant and near misses with deadly snakes—all in the name of science.

President Obama Honors Berkeley Lab’s Art Rosenfeld as One of the Nation’s Top Technology Innovators

Berkeley Lab’s Distinguished Scientist Emeritus Art Rosenfeld has been awarded one of the nation’s top prizes for his contributions to the field of energy efficiency.

The announcement came Dec. 21 when President Barack Obama named Rosenfeld one of eleven extraordinary inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, one of the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors.

In Memoriam: Stuart Freedman, Renowned Nuclear Physicist

Stuart Jay Freedman, a physicist in Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division and professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley, died November 9, 2012, at the age of 68. Freedman was a world-renowned investigator of fundamental physical laws whose many accomplishments include unique contributions to the study of neutrinos and the weak interaction.

Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water to Berkeley Lab’s Ashok Gadgil

A team led by Berkeley Lab’s Ashok Gadgil is the recipient of the 5th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. The prize recognizes his team for developing an innovative technology for affordable arsenic-safe drinking water in Bangladesh and nearby regions.

In Memory of Kenneth Crowe, 1926-2012

Kenneth Crowe, a widely traveled physicist and a demanding, inspirational teacher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley, died February 1, 2012, at the age of 85.

In memoriam, Clyde Taylor, 1930-2011

Clyde Taylor, pioneering scientist and engineer of superconducting magnet technology at Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, died November 16, 2011.

Berkeley Lab Energy Efficiency Expert Lee Schipper Dies

Leon (Lee) Schipper, a scientist who worked in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division for more than two decades, passed away on August 16 at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. He was 64 and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May. Schipper was an energy efficiency expert who first worked at the Lab as a graduate student in 1972 and then joined as a scientist in 1978.

Centennial of Luis Alvarez Celebrated by American Physical Society

On May 3, 2011, the 100th birthday of renowned physicist Luis Alvarez, winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for his work in particle physics at the Bevatron and known worldwide for his codiscovery that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid, was celebrated by the American Physical Society’s Forum on the History of Physics with invited reminiscences from three physicists who worked with him closely during his career at Berkeley Lab: Richard Muller, Moishe Pripstein, and Arthur Rosenfeld.

Tributes to Albert Ghiorso

Albert Ghiorso, who died December 26, 2010, at the age of 95, was not only one of the world’s most extraordinary nuclear scientists, his career helped shaped Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory during the middle decades of the 20th century. Many of those who knew him best describe his unique character and recall some of the high points and setbacks of his life and work.

In Memorian, Albert Ghiorso, 1915-2010

Albert Ghiorso, lifelong nuclear scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the co-discoverer of twelve chemical elements, more than anyone else in history, died December 26, 2010, at the age of 95.