PBD Director Adam Arkin Wins 2013 Lawrence Award

April 17, 2014

Adam Arkin — director of the Physical Biosciences Division and a leading authority on the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and their application to systems and synthetic biology — has received a 2013 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award. The award, the Department of Energy’s highest scientific honor, recognizes Arkin “for his work advancing biological and environmental sciences.” Arkin’s research has focused on developing the physical theory, computational tools and experimental approaches for understanding the cellular processes that are critical to life. The goal is to provide a framework that will facilitate the design and engineering of new functions and behaviors in cells through synthetic and systems biology. More>

10 Questions for OCFO’s Victor Lorincz

April 17, 2014

Victor Lorincz conducts “Work for Others” accounting in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and has worked at the Lab for 14 years.

Q: What is your proudest moment on the job?
A: Whenever someone at the Lab wins a Nobel Prize

Q: Why do you like science?
A: How interconnected it is

Q: Who is your science hero?
A: Isaac Newton

Q: Where were you born?
A: Transylvania

Q: What is your cultural heritage?
A: Hungarian

Q: How are you involved with your community?
A: I drive elderly people to concerts

Q: Who/what inspires you?
A: Hope in a better future for all

Q: What are the top three things on your bucket list?
A: More travel, stay healthy, start a business

Q: What famous person would you most like to meet?
A: Paul Erdős

Q: What saying best reflects your outlook on life?
A: Keep an open mind

Go here to provide your own answers to 10 questions.

Sustainable Berkeley Lab Hosts Earth Day Events Next Week

April 17, 2014

Sustainable Berkeley Lab is hosting several events next week to celebrate Earth Day 2014. On Monday at noon in Perseverance Hall, Chief Sustainability Officer John Elliott will lead a brown-bag conversation with staff on sustainability efforts at the Lab. On Tuesday, employees can join the “Bathroom Brigade” to help conserve water and drop off their personal electronics at an e-waste collection from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the cafeteria. On Friday, join the “Fume Hood Watch” to learn how to reduce energy use in the lab. More>

CIO Rosio Alvarez Hosts Reception for STEM Students

April 17, 2014

Rosio Alvarez, the Lab’s Chief Information Officer, hosted a reception at her home for the Chicana/Latina Foundation, which brought together undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and recent Ph.D.s along with Lab scientists to discuss educational and research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Lab scientists included Susana Gonzalez Fernandez-Nino, Amanda Reider Apel, Lorena Mora Blanco, Eva Nogales, and Dani Ushizima. Alvarez noted: “In order to create greater access and opportunities for women and other under-represented groups in the STEM fields, having role models and engaged mentors throughout your career continues to matter.” All in attendance expressed an interest in having this event serve as the basis for future networking opportunities.

Lab’s Back-Up Care Program Hosts Open House for Employees

April 17, 2014

Bright Horizons, the Lab’s Back Up Dependent Care Program administrator, is hosting an open house event on Tuesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. for Lab employees at their Bayer location, 921 Parker Street (entrance on 8th Street) in Berkeley. At this event, you will learn more about your back-up care benefits, as well as see the Bright Horizons at Bayer facility and its learning spaces, meet their staff, and ask any questions you may have about this facility. For additional information about this event, call (510) 649-1893 or e-mail bayer.ca@brighthorizons.com. Go here for more information on the Lab’s Back Up Dependent Care Program. Download a flyer here.

Throwback Thursday…HILAC Detection in the 1980s

April 17, 2014

Michael Nitschke with his detection apparatus at the HILAC in the 1980s.

Statement of Ethical Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct

April 17, 2014

Berkeley Lab employees are expected to uphold the University of California’s Ethical Values — Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect — and perform their duties in accordance with the University’s Standards of Ethical Conduct. If you have questions or concerns in this area, contact Meredith Montgomery or Molly Stoufer in the Research and Institutional Integrity Office, or at riio@lbl.gov.

Travel Above the Arctic Circle During April 24 Hangout on Air

April 16, 2014

On April 24 at 11 a.m., join several scientists from the Earth Sciences Division in a Hangout on Air that will take you from above the Arctic Circle in Alaska to Berkeley Lab. Along the way, you’ll learn how and why scientists study permafrost to better understand the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem — and what may happen to it as the climate changes. Participating scientists include Craig Ulrich from Alaska, Tim Kneafsey from a CT scanning lab in Building 74, and Romy Chakraborty and Neslihan Tas from a microbiology lab in Building 70. Go here to watch the hangout.

BELLA Wins Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award

April 16, 2014

BELLA, the Berkeley Laboratory Laser Accelerator Project, the world-record-setting laser system and state-of-the-art scientific facility for the advancement of laser plasma acceleration research, has won a DOE Secretary’s Achievement Award. The project team behind BELLA, which in 2012 delivered a petawatt of power in a pulse just 40 femtoseconds long at a pulse rate of one hertz – one pulse every second, was commended by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for “for outstanding ingenuity and exceptional project performance.” On hand to receive the award at the recent DOE Project Management Workshop were Wim Leemans of AFRD, who is BELLA’s Project Director, and Sergio Zimmermann of Engineering, who is the Project Manager (second and first from left, respectively). Also pictured are Suzanne Suskind, FPD; David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance; and Ted Lavine, SC Program Manager.

Volunteers Needed for Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 24

April 16, 2014

Lab volunteers are needed to help with Daughters and Sons to Work Day(DSTW) on Thursday, April 24. Assist with hands-on activities during the Science Festival, chaperone a group of school-aged guests, or help with workshops and other duties throughout the day. Volunteers receive a free lunch and Berkeley Lab volunteer t-shirt. To help with one of the Lab’s most popular annual events, complete the Volunteer Registration Form. Learn more about the activities and schedule here.