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Two Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Climate scientist Bill Collins (left) of the Earth Sciences Division and chemist Heinz Frei of the Physical Biosciences Division have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2014. Collins was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the field of climate science through fundamental research on interactions among sunlight, heat, the coupled climate system, and global environmental change.” Frei was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the understanding of photochemical reactions, and, in particular, for the advancement of robust catalysts for solar energy conversion.” More>

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Lin-Wang Wang wins time at DOE Leadership Computing Facility

Materials Scientist Lin-Wang Wang was awarded 25 million hours of processing time by the DOE’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. He will conduct ab initio simulations of carrier transports in organic and inorganic nanosystems at Oak Ridge Lab’s supercomputer facilities. More>

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Marvin Cohen Receives Materials Society’s Highest Honor

Cohen received the 2014 Von Hippel Award from the Materials Research Society for “explaining and predicting properties of materials and for successfully predicting new materials using microscopic quantum theory.” He is a senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division UC Berkeley University Professor. More>

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NSD’s Howard Wieman Receives APS Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics

Wieman was recognized “for developing foundational experimental and theoretical tools to enable and guide generations of experiments in relativistic heavy ion physics. The combination of experiment and theory led to the initial discoveries at RHIC, ongoing precision studies of the properties of hot nuclear matter, and to exploration of the nuclear matter phase diagram.” More>

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Perlmutter, Doudna are Recipients of 2015 Breakthrough Prizes

Saul Perlmutter of the Physics Division and Jennifer Doudna of the Physical Biosciences Division were among the featured recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences. Twelve prizes in all, totaling $36 million, were announced Sunday night at gala in Mountain View hosted by the entertainer Seth MacFarlane. More>

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Nominees Sought for 2014 R&D100 Awards

The competition seeks developed technologies with concrete performance data and/or a prototype, and first available for licensing or purchase in 2014. Contact Suzanne Storar (x4306) by Nov. 5 with proposed nominees or questions. The Lab’s past R&D 100 award winners are listed here. More>

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EETD’s Adam Weber Honored With Tobias Young Investigator Award

Presented by the Electrochemical Society, the award recognizes outstanding scientific or engineering work, or both, in fundamental or applied electrochemistry by a young scientist or engineer. More>

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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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