Arianna Gleason and Diana Gamzina receive DOE Early Career Research grants

ARIANNA GLEASON and DIANA GAMZINA, staff scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, have received Early Career Research Program awards for studies in fusion energy and the development of next-generation radiofrequency (RF) technology. They are among 73 recipients selected by the Department of Energy Office of Science from a pool of university and national laboratory applicants. Each receives $500,000 per year for five years in support of their work.

SLAC staff scientists Arianna Gleason (left) and Diana Gamzina (Photo: Jacqueline Orrell/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

Gleason will investigate extreme states of matter and how they might be harnessed for fusion energy, which one day could help address the world’s energy needs. Gamzina will study how materials behave when exposed to RF fields, which will lead to the development of improved materials for particle accelerators used in cancer treatments, novel RF sources for communication systems and more.

The grant program, now in its 10th year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years when many scientists do their most formative work.

JOANNE HEWETT, chief research officer and director of fundamental physics at SLAC, said, “The DOE Early Career Awards give promising young scientists the funding they need to reach their goals. Over the years it has been a highly successful program in launching spectacular careers. This is a significant accomplishment, and I give my sincere congratulations to these two outstanding SLAC scientists.”

Read the full article and more on the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory website.