wildcats reach Scientific Heights CWU’s Department of Physics is producing heavyweights in the rarefied atmosphere of physics research. Four alumni are scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, the world’s most advanced scientific research facility. “This is the science equivalent of having four starting players on the National Football League’s Super Bowl championship team,” said Michael Jackson, professor and chair of the physics department. Alumni include Wren Carr (1997 BS-Physics), Emily Leffert Carr (1998 BS-Physics), David Cross (2007 BS-Applied Computer Science; Mathematics and Astronomy), and Tom Zobrist (1994 BS-Physics). They’re all scientists at LLNL, a premier research and development institution for science and technology. The advanced research at LLNL informs national security policy and addresses a wide range of scientific issues of national importance. Carr is the principle investigator on a research project titled, “Understanding the Stochastic Nature of Laser-Induced Damage.” The project has a staff of seven scientists and technicians, and a budget of about $2 million per year. Carr is also principle investigator of the Optical Science Laser. But one of his favorite assignments? Mentoring CWU physics major Nathan Minor, who worked at LLNL last summer and is still an employee on indeterminate status. That means he has the option of returning any time during holiday breaks or next summer.
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