(from Notes from the Director, week ending 12/13/13)
Representatives of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) received the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10 in Oslo, Norway, and did so in large measure because of the contributions from 21 scientific laboratories around the world, including LLNL. (The Lab has been a certified OPCW laboratory since 2003.) In October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that this year's peace prize would be awarded to the OPCW for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. "I think this award is very special and satisfying to our entire team at LLNL," said Armando Alcaraz, who has led LLNL's OPCW work for the past 13 years. "We would like to think that in a small way we have helped contribute to preventing the proliferation of chemical weapons in the world. Our OPCW work, along with the efforts of the other 20 laboratories, provides an important international security capability by helping to verify and ensure compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention," said Brad Hart, head of the Laboratory's Forensic Science Center , which oversees LLNL's OPCW efforts. "For an international organization like this to succeed, it is necessary to have cutting-edge technology and expertise that provide confidence in the verification process."