The high-performance computing (HPC) resources within the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL) are an invaluable tool used to address global warming, develop renewable energy sources, and understand astrophysical phenomena like a supernova.
However, those scientific advancements wouldn’t take place without the skills and contributions of ARCS Alumna Dr.... Read more
Meteorites, and what they can tell us about the formation and early evolution of the solar system are the focus of Dr. Gregory Brennecka's research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As a staff scientist, he studies their isotopic signatures using mass spectrometry.
“Meteorites are by far the most influential rocks on Earth. No... Read more
One of NASA’s goals is to explore galaxies light years away, plus the planets and moons within our solar system. It’s up to ARCS 2016 Hall of Fame Honoree Dr. Stephen Lichten and hundreds of scientists to keep track of those missions and collect data.
Dr. Jeffrey Drazen feels right at home onboard a vessel in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Huddled over a camera screen attached to special equipment pulled up the ocean floor, he watches as sea creatures living on the sea surface to 5,000 meters deep pulse through the open waters. His... Read more
When asked about having “hope,” Jane Gray, and her husband, Dr. Joe Gray, both fall silent. The word hangs in the air like a thick perfume. A few seconds later, the couple responds. It’s a loaded question with a complex answer—an explanation that begins with a phone call on January... Read more
ARCS Alumnus Sanjay Srivatsan recently used his own dry-swab COVID-19 test after falling ill with flu-like symptoms. Fortunately, the test was negative – a result Sanjay believed since he and fellow scientists tweaked the molecular biology, which increased the sensitivity of the test and lowered false-negative rates.
For most of her career as a planetary geologist, Ellen Stofan’s focus was far away – to Venus, Mars, and Saturn’s moon Titan. For twenty-five years she worked in key roles at space-related organizations, including NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She was the first woman to be... Read more