Physical Sciences Division
2011 Fundamental & Computational Sciences Accomplishments Report Now Available
In fiscal year 2011, staff within the Fundamental & Computational Sciences Directorate continued to advance scientific frontiers to transform our understanding and control of chemical, physical, and biological processes as well as unravel important energy, environmental, and security challenges. Some of these discoveries and solutions are highlighted in our 2011 Key Accomplishments Report. For example, our scientists
- Showed that polluted snow causes stronger monsoons, wetter winters, and stronger monsoons in India and China
- Demonstrated a strategy to determine the extent to which neighboring genome sequences can identify proteins in unsequenced organisms isolated from environmental samples
- Used a common protein to guide design of a catalyst that can make energy-storing hydrogen gas
- Designed and implemented a numerical technique for describing many-body systems such as atoms and molecules, for high-performance computational chemistry.
Several staff members were recognized for their achievements. For example, Matt Marshall and Alex Tartakovsky received early career research awards from the Department of Energy. Richard (Dick) D. Smith was named Scientist of the Year by R&D Magazine. Richard Moss was appointed Chair of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change of the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council. Johannes Lercher was named the Robert Burwell Lecturer for the North American Catalysis Society
Copies of this full-color accomplishments report are available online.