FLC Northeast News - Spring 2012
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Message from the Regional Coordinator — Lewis Meixler
Welcome to the spring issue of the newsletter. This edition features articles that illustrate the diversity and reach of technologies and transfer activities coming from our laboratories. From accelerators that are helping in the fight against cancer to restoring rail service in Iraq, our scientists, inventors and tech transfer professionals are making a positive impact. Read more
Brookhaven Physicists Team Up With Medical Industry to Build Advanced Cancer Therapy Accelerator
A new collaboration between Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Best Medical International (BMI) aims to design one of the most dynamic and effective cancer therapy devices in the world. The ion Rapidly Cycling Medical Synchrotron (iRCMS) draws on the particle acceleration expertise of BNL physicists and the medical experience of BMI to advance cancer therapy, particularly the evolving use of carbon and other light ions. Read more
PPPL Delivers a Plasma Source That Will Enable High-Power Beam Pulses in a New Berkeley Lab Accelerator
Scientists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have designed and delivered a crucial component for a device that can heat a spot of foil to 30,000 degrees Centigrade in less than a billionth of a second. The part will complete a linear accelerator that researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using to create a superheated state called “warm dense matter.” Read more
Secretary of the Army Sees the "Science Behind the Soldier"
A new class of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic Secretary of the Army John McHugh got a look at what soldiers wear, eat, and carry during a March 15 visit to the Natick Soldier Systems Center.
McHugh saw new technologies that promise to protect soldiers, produce cost savings, improve energy efficiency, and shape the future Army. He received a series of briefings and toured many of Natick's unique facilities—from the Ouellette Thermal Test Facility to the Doriot Climatic Chambers. Read more
State Department Taps Volpe Expertise to Improve Iraqi Railways
Jim Lamond, former Program Manager/Civil Engineer at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, visited Iraq prior to his retirement in 2011 to see firsthand how Volpe's work played a critical role in the implementation of Iraq Railway's new train control system. This state-of-the-art system makes Iraq's railway network safer and more efficient as it facilitates the rapid movement of goods, people, and raw materials throughout the country. Dispatchers can track and control movements throughout the entire railway network, and railroad operators know the exact position of every train with significantly greater accuracy. Read more
Brookhaven's Dr. Aronson Honored as FLC Lab Director of the Year
Brookhaven National Laboratory’s (BNL) Director, Dr. Samuel Aronson, has been named 2012 FLC Laboratory Director of the Year. The annual award recognizes federal laboratory directors who have made significant contributions to commercialization in their organizations.
“I am tremendously honored to be recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer,” said Dr. Aronson. “Brookhaven Lab has made great strides in increasing the impact of our research by expediting the translation of our discoveries into market applications. I feel fortunate to have played a role in that process, and in strengthening Brookhaven’s research and development partnerships with industry.” Read more