Today at Berkeley Lab

Physicist Joshua Bloom Awarded $1.5 Million for Big Data Project

Bloom is one of three UC Berkeley professors to receive funding over the next five years from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Bloom wants to train computers to be surrogate astronomers so they can discover new celestial phenomena within the streaming torrent of data from telescopes. More>

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Joseph Cerny Wins Faculty Service Award

The UC Berkeley Academic Senate has honored Joseph Cerny with its Berkeley Faculty Service Award. Cerny is the former head of Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division and Associate Laboratory Director. He was recognized as someone who has given outstanding and dedicated service to the Berkeley campus. More >

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MSD’s Miquel Salmeron Receives APS Surface Physics Prize

Salmeron is the co-recipient of the 2015 Davisson-Germer Prize in Surface or Atomic Physics. He was recognized “for the development of instrumentation for atmospheric pressure photoelectron spectroscopy and STM at high pressures and temperatures, and for his elegant studies of hydrogen dissociation and reactivity and the wetting of water films on metal surfaces at the atomic level.” More>

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Life Scientist Sylvain Costes Receives Berkeley Visionary Award

The award honors local innovators who develop technologies with global impact and bring new ventures to the City of Berkeley. Costes (pictured with Berkeley Chamber of Commerce CEO Polly Armstrong) co-founded Lab startup Exogen Biotechnology, which offers convenient testing to monitor DNA damage and assess DNA repair. More>

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Charles Fadley Receives David A. Shirley Award

Fadley has received the award for outstanding scientific achievement at the Advanced Light Source (ALS). The award was presented by the ALS Users Executive Committee in recognition of significant contributions to a better understanding of surfaces and interfaces through the development of novel x-ray photoemission spectroscopy techniques.

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Ashok Gadgil Receives the 2015 APS Szilard Award

The American Physical Society award honors Environmental Energy Technologies Division Director Ashok Gadgil for “applying physics to a variety of social problems and developing sustainable energy, environmental and public health technologies, as well as demonstrating how these could be scaled up, thus contributing to improved life for millions.” More>

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OCFO’s Hanh Kent Selected as ‘Supplier Diversity Champion’

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency recognized Kent, the Lab’s Small Business Officer, and others for their “outstanding leadership, strong commitment, and powering diversity and contributions to minority businesses’ economic development.” She also received special congressional recognition from Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17th District).

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Joe Orenstein Named Moore Experimental Investigator

The materials scientist is one of 19 investigators named by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The five-year program allows scientists to pursue “ambitious, high-risk research.” Orenstein (front, with James Hinton) will use his grant money to develop a new lab that will focus on the intersection of meta and quantum materials in both thin film and bulk crystalline forms. More>

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Alexandre Chorin Wins National Medal of Science

Chorin, of the Computational Research Division, was named today by President Obama. It is the nation’s highest honor for science and technology. More>

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PBD’s Susan Marqusee Named Biophysical Society Fellow

Marqusee, a faculty biologist, was named to the 2015 class of Society Fellows. Marqusee was recognized as “one of the world’s top experimentalists in the field of protein folding.” Her research to understand how a protein’s primary sequence and cellular environment effect folding and dynamics continues to have a significant impact on the field. More>

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