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Friday, September 20, 2013

UC Regents Visit Lawrence Livermore

UC Regents Visit Lawrence Livermore 9/20/2013 - LLNL Newsline In an effort to strengthen and showcase the long-standing relationship between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of California (UC), the UC Board of Regents held a public meeting at the Laboratory. "This will be a great step in continuing the relationship between the [national] labs and the university," UC Regent Chairman Bruce Varner said at the Thursday morning meeting held at Livermore Valley Open Campus' High Performance Computing and Innovation Center. The University of California had been the sole operator of LLNL since it was founded in 1952 until 2007. Since then, the Lab has been operated by Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, which is a consortium of government contractors and UC. UC Regent Norman Pattiz, who is the Chair of the UC Committee on the Oversight of Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratories as well as chair of the LLNS Board of Governors, said the visit to LLNL was intended for the regents who are members of this committee to see the important work the Lab conducts in the national interest. "Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory takes a back seat to no one," Pattiz said. "This [visit] is an extraordinary opportunity for the regents to see these unique facilities." LLNL Director Parney Albright said the partnership with UC is central to making the Lab great. "UC is the main supplier of talent to the Lab," said Albright, who gave the regents an overview of LLNL's research and development capabilities and led them on a tour. "UC faculty have partnered on more LLNL [research] papers than any other institution." In fact, Albright noted that a third of all LLNL post-doctoral researchers came from one of the UC system's 10 campuses. He said UC benefits from the Lab through faculty collaborations, unique facilities and capabilities, access to institutes, and training for undergrad and graduate students, among other things. Pattiz said UC's share of the fee LLNS receives for managing the Lab goes back into funding LLNL research. During their visit the regents toured LLNL's National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC), the Terascale Simulation Facility (TSF) and the National Ignition Facility (NIF). They saw a demonstration of a regional-scale earthquake simulation at TSF and were briefed on the Lab's response to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster in Japan. Livermore Mayor John Marchand spoke briefly to the regents before accompanying them on the tours. "The Lab is filled with very creative people," he said. "I believe the Laboratory is a large part of why Livermore is such a great community." Prior to the tour, the regents heard public comments at the meeting from six speakers, all praising the relationship between UC, the Lab and the community. Varner quipped this was the first time in a while that "all the public comments were


Anonymous said...

I guess nobody really cares about the visit.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't publicized. There was no opportunity for staff questions/comments. It was a 100% controlled visit. LLNS showed them what they wanted to and got them out of dodge as quickly as possible.

I would have loved to ask the UC Regents some questions, listen to answers, hear what other lab employees had questions on.

Anonymous said...

...dream on. That world is over.

Bechtel has zero interest in letting you engage with the UC Regents, LLNS board, LLNS pension management, etc.

Also: these UC Regents are different from the Regents you're thinking of from the past. They are far less interested in intellectually engaging on issues.

They got the fat dumb and happy tour...everything's going great at the lab, it does great things, etc etc.

It's all about perception management these days...

Anonymous said...

Bechtel is running the lab. UC is along for the ride, similar to those birds that follow elephants around looking for goodies in their excrement.


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