Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Postdoc Ivana Cvijanovic (center) shares her research on the effect of Arctic sea ice levels on California droughts.

The PLS postdoc program offers young scientists the opportunity to collaborate with experienced researchers and make significant contributions in basic and applied research areas of national interest. The diversity of that research was on display at the 9th Institutional Postdoctoral Poster Symposium, an event sponsored by Livermore's Institutional Postdoc Program Board, on June 7, at which some 100 PLS research projects were represented. The poster symposium, an annual event, provides an opportunity for postdocs to share their work with a broad audience. This year's event was the largest to date, featuring 175 posters. More than 80 employees, representing each directorate, volunteered as poster evaluators.

PLS postdocs at the event spoke positively of the Livermore experience.

"Livermore has a massive collaborative network that you don't see elsewhere," comments Wei He. "These connections enable the sharing of ideas and knowledge, which furthers our research." Postdoc Ivana Cvijanovic concurs. "Many postdocs, myself included, are given a 'jump start' at Livermore. My research builds from knowledge and simulations Laboratory scientists established previously."

The following special recognition awards were presented by the PLS Postdoc Committee:

  • Gemma Anderson, "Uncertainty Analysis of the Turn-of-the-Century Drought in the Community Atmosphere Model"
  • Sarah Grady, "A Multi-omics Approach Divulges Novel Mechanisms for n-Alkane Consumption by Pseudomonas Aeruginosa"
  • Anna Hiszpanski, "Scalable Fabrication of Broadband Omnidirectional Antireflection Surfaces using Block Copolymer Patterning"
  • Brian Bucher, "Probing Exotic Shapes in Nuclei"
  • Roman Nazarov, "Accurate Description of Strongly Correlated Materials with Stochastic Electronic Structure Methods"