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August 3, 2000
Roger Batzel, 78, longest serving director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. An Idaho native, Batzel was an Air Force navigator during World War II before studying chemical engineering at the University of Idaho. He later studied for his doctorate under Nobel laureate Glenn Seaborg at UC Berkeley in 1951. Two years later he joined Livermore, a national laboratory managed by the UC system.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2000
Roger Batzel, 78, longest serving director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. An Idaho native, Batzel was an Air Force navigator during World War II before studying chemical engineering at the University of Idaho. He later studied for his doctorate under Nobel laureate Glenn Seaborg at UC Berkeley in 1951. Two years later he joined Livermore, a national laboratory managed by the UC system.
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September 20, 1987 | ROBERT SCHEER, Times Staff Writer
A new classified study by a senior physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has concluded that the lab's director was incorrect when he told Congress that continued nuclear testing is required to ensure the reliability of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The study, the most detailed of the U.S. nuclear testing program ever undertaken, appears to provide factual support for an emerging body of scientific opinion critical of the Defense Department's insistence on continued testing.
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September 20, 1987 | ROBERT SCHEER, Times Staff Writer
A new classified study by a senior physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has concluded that the lab's director was incorrect when he told Congress that continued nuclear testing is required to ensure the reliability of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The study, the most detailed of the U.S. nuclear testing program ever undertaken, appears to provide factual support for an emerging body of scientific opinion critical of the Defense Department's insistence on continued testing.
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September 9, 1988 | United Press International
The head of a controversial undercover drug probe at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been stripped of his post, it was reported Thursday. Robert Godwin was in charge of lab security during "Operation Snowstorm," an undercover internal investigation that came under heavy criticism from a congressional committee earlier this year.
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January 16, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
A list of five finalists to become director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the nation's two major nuclear weapons research facilities, has been submitted to University of California President David Gardner. The new director will replace Roger Batzel, 66, who is retiring after holding the post since 1971, nearly half the time that the facility has existed. An announcement of the choice could be made as early as March.
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October 22, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
A scientist who alleged that physicist Edward Teller conveyed exaggerated forecasts about "Star Wars" technology to policy makers in Washington has been summoned to the capital to discuss his allegations with congressional leaders, Rep. George E. Brown Jr. (D-Colton) said Wednesday. Brown invited Roy D. Woodruff, former associate director of defense systems at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, to Washington after publication of Woodruff's charges on the Strategic Defense Initiative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1985 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
The director of weapons research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has resigned his administrative post to devote full time to research, the lab has announced. Roy D. Woodruff has for the last five years served as associate director for defense systems at the lab, which is at the forefront of research on the Strategic Defense Initiative, sometimes called "Star Wars."
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February 17, 1988 | DAN MORAIN and ROBERT A. JONES, Times Staff Writers
University of California President David P. Gardner has selected physicist John Nuckolls, an advocate of President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, to head the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the nation's two nuclear weapons design centers, sources close to the selection process said Tuesday. Nuckolls heads the laboratory's physics department, which oversaw development of some of the major concepts behind the controversial SDI program, informally known as "Star Wars."
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February 19, 1988 | LARRY GORDON, Times Education Writer
Facing a projected enrollment boom for the next 20 years, the University of California probably has to build a 10th campus, or even an 11th or 12th, UC officials said Thursday. "We are beginning to plan how to plan for another campus," William Baker, UC vice president in charge of budget and university relations, said at a meeting of the Board of Regents.
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February 29, 1988 | DAN MORAIN and ROBERT A. JONES, Times Staff Writers
In a lobby outside the world's most powerful laser here sits a waist-high statue of Shiva, a Hindu god capable both of world destruction and creation. The laser, like Shiva, has two very different sides: It may be used to help create new forms of hydrogen bombs, or new sources of energy for the 21st Century. Physicist John Nuckolls might well appreciate that paradox.
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February 3, 1986 | ROBERT SCHEER, Times Staff Writer
The Reagan Administration is opposed to the comprehensive test ban proposed by the Soviets because the National Weapons Laboratories have designed nuclear bombs of such fragile sophistication that they must be constantly tested, according to a Defense Department official. Although President Reagan's five predecessors in the White House sought a complete ban on nuclear testing, the Defense Department now maintains that the design of America's strategic weapons precludes such an agreement.
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