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UC Davis and LLNL expand collaboration, targeting new areas like high energy density science

April 17, 2015

From left: Paul Dodd, associate vice chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research & Strategic Initiatives at UC Davis; UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Research Harris Lewin; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director William Goldstein; UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi; and John Knezovich, director of University Relations for LLNL

From left: Paul Dodd, associate vice chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research & Strategic Initiatives at UC Davis; UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Research Harris Lewin; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director William Goldstein; UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi; and John Knezovich, director of University Relations for LLNL

The University of California, Davis, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have signed a memorandum of understanding to expand collaborations in research initiatives and educational opportunities.

“This agreement builds on a long-standing partnership and leverages the strengths of both institutions,” says UC Davis Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Paul Dodd. The agreement targets four areas of strategic alignment: physical sciences and engineering; high performance computing and advanced data analytics; geosciences; and biology. “We are very excited about the potential of our teams to make significant contributions in these areas,” Dodd added.

In recognition of the emerging global opportunity, high energy density science will be advanced as the first priority area of the collaboration. UC Davis is a key member of LLNL’s new Center for High Energy Density Science, which is chartered to conduct distinct research in astrophysics, planetary science, materials, and fusion energy. This center will pioneer fundamental research that enables the predictive control of extreme matter and attract and mentor a new generation of scientists to lead cutting edge research. A major focus of this center is the transfer of knowledge and the creation of a rejuvenated workforce in HED science.

UC Davis and LLNL have a long history of collaboration, stretching back to the 1950s. “It has been a partnership with many remarkable achievements,” says LLNL Director William Goldstein. “The unique nature of UC Davis and the way it approaches and conducts interdisciplinary science presents a great opportunity for us to expand on.”

In addition to the scientific outcomes, the collaboration also fosters significant employment opportunities for UC Davis graduates. Currently, LLNL employs over 900 UC Davis alumni, more than from any other university.

The agreement was signed in Davis, California, on March 30 by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi of UC Davis and LLNL’s Goldstein, during the Research Investments in the Sciences and Engineering Symposium.

About UC Davis

UC Davis is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near the California state capital, UC Davis has more than 34,000 students, and the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics and 17,400 staff. The campus has an annual research budget of over $750 million, a comprehensive health system and about two dozen specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and 99 undergraduate majors in four colleges and six professional schools.

About LLNL

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

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Contacts

AJ Cheline UC Davis Office of Research [email protected] (530) 219-8739
Anne Stark LLNL [email protected] (925) 422-9799