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Honors & awards 2014

Frenje and Gatu-Johnson recognized for LLNL Collaboration

Frenje and Gatu-Johnson
Maria Gatu-Johnson and Johan Frenje

Plasma Science and Fusion Center research scientist Maria Gatu-Johnson and principal research scientist Johan Frenje have been selected as co-recipients of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s FY14 Director’s Science and Technology Award.


They received the award, along with their coauthors and collaborators at LLNL, for the article "Measurement of the T + T Neutron Spectrum Using the National Ignition Facility," which was published in Physical Review Letters in August 2013.


These awards were initiated in FY2000 to acknowledge and celebrate especially significant accomplishments by the Laboratory's scientific, technical, and engineering staff and collaborators. The awards are presented annually to individuals and teams who have made outstanding recent contributions that are widely acknowledged both internally and outside the Laboratory.






Abhay Ram authors Featured Article for Physics of Plasmas

Abhay Ram
Abhay Ram

The Physics of Plasmas has recognized, on its website, a paper by
Abhay Ram as the “Featured Article” for the July 2014 issue. Dr. Ram,
a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion
Center, is the lead author of the article titled “Anomalous diffusion
of field lines and charged particles in Arnold-Beltrami-Childress
force-free magnetic fields”.


The Editors of the journal choose to feature an article that they believe
has significant scientific merit, and will be of general interest to their
broad readership.


A link to the article is below:





lee keating
Lee Keating receives 2014 Infinite Mile Award.

Lee Keating receives 2014 Infinite Mile Award

PSFC Fiscal Officer Lee Keating has received an Infinite Mile Awards from the Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research, and the Dean of Graduate Education.

The Infinite Mile Award recognizes those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions within their own organizations to help ensure that the Institute carries out its mission, i.e., to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. A testimonial to her hard work, taken from the Infinite Mile Awards website, sums up her recent invaluable contributions:

"Lee is a top-notch Fiscal Officer for this world-class research facility, overseeing the financial management of millions of dollars in annual funding from multiple federal and private research grants, primarily the 26 million dollar Alcator C-Mod fusion reactor project. Lee's considerable fiscal and technical expertise, keen desire to master new technologies, eagerness to take on additional responsibility, and decisive approach to challenges were especially put to the test over the past two years. With the Alcator C-Mod program slated for shutdown, the potentially enormous loss in federal funding for this very important research project meant that multiple scenarios, sometimes changing daily, were generated to give leadership accurate fiscal information. During the long, stressful wait, Lee prepared budget after budget, with the goal of protecting as many staff as possible until Congress gave definitive word. Lee is credited for providing an invaluable service by getting the Research Division through the uncertainty. With her capable management of expenses, swift responsiveness, and willingness to take on the work of multiple new proposals, Lee has been going the extra mile for MIT for nearly two decades, and the past two years have only shown her talents more brightly."




MIT fusion research paper earns Nuclear Fusion Journal Award

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Dennis Whyte

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has awarded its 2013 Nuclear Fusion Journal Prize to an article about fusion research at MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center — "I-mode: an H-mode energy confinement regime with L-mode particle transport in Alcator C-Mod." learn more...



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