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Peter Nugent, Elizabeth Bautista and Maria Maroudas Honored for Exceptional Achievement

August 12, 2013

Peter Nugent (left) accepting award from Eddy Rubin (right).


Elizabeth Bautista (left) accepting award from Kathy Yelick (right).

Maria Maroudas (far right, in a red dress) was one of nine  honored for their work to upgrade Berkeley Lab’s software infrastructure for recruiting and hiring new employees.

Peter Nugent of the Computational Research Division, Elizabeth Bautista of the NERSC Division and Maria Maroudas of the Computing Sciences Human Resources team have been recognized with Director’s Awards of Exceptional Achievement. The awards were presented Aug. 8 in a ceremony in the Bldg. 50 auditorium.

Nugent, co-leader of the Computational Cosmology Center, was honored for scientific achievement in helping create the Palomar Transient Factory, a scientific pipeline of images from the universe, streamed from the Palomar Observatory in Southern California and then archived at NERSC and made available to scientists around the world as they seek to increase our understanding of supernovae. In presenting the award, DOE Joint Genome Institute Director Eddy Rubin called Nugent’s work “groundbreaking” and setting a new standard for supporting scientific research.

Bautista was recognized for her work in diversity, particularly her efforts to encourage students to pursue careers in computer science and to give the students hands-on experience through expanded internship opportunities. As she presented the award, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences Kathy Yelick said that Bautista has “made the lab a better and friendlier place to work.”

Maroudas was one of nine members of the Affiliate/Recruiting & Hiring Process and Technology Improvement Team honored for their work to upgrade the lab’s software infrastructure for recruiting and hiring new employees.

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.

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