Member of FRIB user community earns 2021 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award

Sofia Quaglioni, a member of the FRIB user community, has been named as a winner of the 2021 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award.

Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award winners are recognized for their exceptional contributions in research and development supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) missions in science, energy, and national security. Established in 1959, the Lawrence Award recognizes mid-career U.S. scientists and engineers who have advanced new research and scientific discovery in nine categories representing the broad science and engineering missions of DOE and its programs.

In honor of the recipients and their accomplishments, DOE will host a hybrid award ceremony in Washington, DC, on 22 September.

Sofia Quaglioni

Quaglioni is a physicist and group leader in the Nuclear Data and Theory group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). She is also a member of the FRIB Program Advisory Committee, the FRIB Users Organization, and the FRIB Theory Alliance.

Quaglioni received the award in the nuclear physics category for her “seminal contributions unifying the theory of structure and reactions of light nuclei, providing predictive capability critical for understanding inertial fusion and nuclear astrophysics, and for pioneering applications of quantum device simulations for nuclear dynamics.”

Read the LLNL article about Quaglioni here.

Read the DOE announcement about all of this year’s winners here.

Michigan State University (MSU) operates the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) as a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), supporting the mission of the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. Hosting what is designed to be the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, FRIB enables scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security, and industry.

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