ALS staff took top honors in Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s 2015 Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement and were recognized in a ceremony earlier this month. The ALS recipients comprised nearly half of this year’s awardees, receiving recognition in the scientific, early scientific career, and safety categories. The Director’s Awards honor individuals in both the scientific and operations divisions for their high achievement, leadership, collaboration, participation in or support of multidisciplinary science, cross-divisional projects, and commitment to excellence in advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals.
The Director’s Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement went to two ALS teams:
- The ALS Brightness Upgrade Team of Christoph Steier and Arnaud Madur, who led the largest improvement of the ALS storage ring since the facility was built in 1993. The brightness improvement enables experiments at the ALS to be done more quickly and with better spatial and spectral resolution.
- The Development of X-Ray Microscopy at World Record Resolution Team of Rich Celestre, David Kilcoyne, Stefano Marchesini, David Shapiro, Tolek Tyliszczak, Tony Warwick, and Lee Yang, who achieved 3 nm resolution by building a new microscope based on a novel mode of operation called ptychography. This capability is an important tool for energy sciences, as shown in initial work on lithium iron phosphate batteries.
The ALS SAXS-WAXS Team of Alexander Hexemer, Eric Schaible, and Cheng Wang received a Director’s Award for Exceptional Early Scientific Career Achievement for building a new beamline devoted to the study of nanoscale systems and developing it into the most productive SAXS-WAXS facility worldwide.
Scott Taylor was honored with the Director’s Award for Exceptional Safety Achievement for achieving significant advances in the Lab’s safety culture by working to increase the alignment between effective Employee Health and Safety programs and the performance of groundbreaking science.