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LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY: THIS WEEK AT THE LAB

 LIVERMORE, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Following is a digest of feature and news stories from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which includes a contact name and telephone number:
 Lab, Company Join in Bid to Correct Vision Problems
 Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Phoenix Laser Systems Inc. have joined forces to determine whether a new lens can be used to solve several major human vision problems. Under a $15.2 million Cooperative Research and Development Agreement -- or CRADA -- the lab and the Fremont, Calif.-based company will examine possible applications for a thin plastic membrane called a micro-thin lens. The lens, which might be placed in the eye or on the eye, is being studied to determine if it could correct presbyopia, an inability of the eye to vary its focal length; cataracts, a yellowing or fogging that reduces the flow of light through the eye's natural lens; nearsightedness or farsightedness.
 Contact: Steve Wampler, 510-423-3107.
 Lab Physicist Wins Prestigious Fellowship
 Physicist Ken Kulander, head of the Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics Group at Lawrence Livermore National laboratory, has won a prestigious fellowship from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Kulander left Aug. 1 for a year of study at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he will study problems in molecular collision dynamics. Kulander is one of eight Distinguished Fellows worldwide announced by the NIST for 1993.
 Contact: Nancy Ambrosiano, 510-424-5485.
 Researchers Offer Theory to Explain Unusual Geological Formation
 Lab researchers believe that a large, sinking plume of rock beneath Central California is a chunk of cooler, denser upper mantle that is sinking into hotter, light material beneath it. Published in a recent issue of Science, their theory could explain some of California's dramatic topography.
 Contact: Stacey Hartmann, 510-424-4820.
 Lab Joins with U.S. Company to Develop New Concept Sputtering Space
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 US Thin Film Products of Campbell, Calif., is working with the Lab to produce a revolutionary concept in "magnetron sputtering" -- the fabrication process used to coat and protect compact disks and integrated circuits. The new technique is designed to meet the needs of Lab programs for depositing complex, multiple layer coatings used in X-ray optic experiments.
 Contact: Rod Cortez, 510-422-4599.
 Government Laboratories Helping Revitalize U.S. Economy by Assisting
 Small Businesses
 Lab scientists are ready to apply their scientific and technical expertise to help small businesses overcome technology-related problems. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Livermore and three other national labs have formed the Small Business Initiative, which will work with companies with 500 or fewer employees.
 Contact: Rod Cortez, 510-422-4599.
 Lab Tracks Chemical-Spill Plume
 When a sulfuric acid cloud from a chemical spill threatened the health of thousands of Richmond, Calif., residents, lab scientists offered to help track the toxic plume with sophisticated computer modeling codes. Projections from the Lab's renowned Atmospheric Release Advisory Capability accurately predicted the concentrations of toxic gas downwind from the accident site, helping emergency personnel to respond where needed. The ARAC model is designed to track radioactive releases virtually anywhere in the world and was previously used to track the radioactive release from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 and the smoke plumes from the Kuwait oil fires during the Gulf War in 1991.
 Contact: David Schwoegler, 510-422-6900.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Kalb of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 510-422-8995/


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