Danny Wilson, a graduate student researcher in EETD, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work on the design of a culturally appropriate low-emission cookstove for north India. He will test emissions in the lab and field, and will facilitate user needs assessments via recursive user feedback. This project will take place as part of a partnership between UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and IIT Delhi. Persistent exposure to cooking smoke kills 420,000 Indians annually, making cooking smoke India’s third highest cause of premature death behind malnutrition and unsafe water. Wilson is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley.
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EETD scientist and former deputy director of the EHSS Division Donald Lucas was presented with the Adel Sarofim Award at the International Congress on Toxic Combustion Byproducts and Their Health Effects last month in New Orleans. The award recognizes “outstanding professional achievement in health effects engineering and environmental monitoring.” He shared the award with UC Berkeley Professor Catherine Koshland. Their work has helped advance the understanding of combustion-generated air pollutants through the use of experimental chemical kinetics, novel diagnostic techniques for hazardous species, and combustion chemistry. More>
The recipients of the Director’s Lifetime and Exceptional Achievement Awards have been announced. David Nygren (Physics) and Arie Shoshani (Computational Research), pictured l-r, are the recipients of the Berkeley Lab Prize Lifetime Achievement Award. Exceptional Achievement honorees include Ron Zuckerman (Safety), Warren Byrne (Service), Nathan Hillson (Tech Transfer), Roy Kaltschmidt (Outreach), Jill Fuss and Elizabeth Bautista (Diversity), David Kestell (Operations), and Haimei Zheng, Kevin Einsweiler, Rebecca Abergel, Peter Nugent, Kam-Biu Luk, and Kirsten Persson (Science). Team awards went to Evan Mills, Norman Bourassa, Leo Rainer, and Gregory Homan (Societal Impact), and the HR Recruiting/Hiring Technology Improvement group (Operations). Go here for more on the Berkeley Lab Prize, and here for Achievement Awards.
The European Physical Society (EPS) has awarded its 2013 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize to the ATLAS and CMS Collaborations at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider for the “discovery of a new heavy particle with the properties of the long-sought Higgs boson.” Michel Della Negra, Peter Jenni, and Tejinder Virdee were cited for their leadership roles in creating the two experiments. The U.S. plays an important role in both; Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division has supplied ATLAS with a large contingent and a number of leaders. The awards ceremony will be presented at the EPS conference in Stockholm on July 22.
Hendrik Bluhm of the Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division is the recipient of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research award, bestowed by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Award winners are honored for their outstanding research record and invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. Bluhm works on beamline 11.0.2 at the Advanced Light Source, investigating solid/vapor and liquid/vapor interfaces under realistic conditions of pressure and temperature, using photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy.
The 2014 Acta Materialia Gold Medal Award will go to Robert Ritchie of the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division. The award, sponsored by the publishing company Elsevier, includes a cash honorarium for $5,000 and is considered one of the most prestigious prizes in the field. Along with fellow MSD researcher Tony Tomsia, Ritchie has recently developed a lightweight ceramic material with an unprecedented combination of strength and toughness by mimicking the structure of abalone shells. More>
With a double major in bioengineering and chemical biology, and a minor in creative writing, UC Berkeley student Ritankar Das has been named the campus’s University Medalist, recognizing him as the top graduating senior. And he’s only 18. And he did it in only three years. He works with Lab materials scientist Frank Ogletree in the Molecular Foundry. More>
In the fourth year of the Early Career Research Program managed by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, seven Lab researchers were recipients. They include Aydin Buluc, Felix Fischer, Daniel Haxton, Alexander Hexemer, Dominique Loque, Gabriel Orebi Gann, and George Pau. They are among 61 scientists from across the nation who will receive up to $15.3 million in funding for research. The effort 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. More>
Eli Yablonovitch of the Materials Sciences Division has been elected as one of eight new Foreign Members of the Royal Society of London, the world’s oldest scientific academy. Yablonovitch is an electrical engineer who holds the James and Katherine Lau Chair in Engineering at UC Berkeley and directs the National Science Foundation’s Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science. He’s a world authority on high-speed optical communications and photonic crystal. As an inductee, he will sign the parchment book that Sir Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell and all other Fellows have signed since the beginning of the Society more than 350 years ago. More>
The Lab’s Ukulele Club performed at the Rotary Club of Solano Sunset’s First Annual Luau Fundraiser last week, to raise money for the Omega Boys and Girls Club and an international service project. Members (l-r) Lorraine Dowling, Olga Poblete, Lida Gifford, Lorenza Gibson, Christie Canaria, Neli Lopez, and Robert Fox were presented with medallions for demonstrating the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” The Ukulele Club has a strong commitment to Lab and community service, says President Lida Gifford, having performed at Open House, elderly care facilities, fundraisers, and church festivals, among other activities. Contact her (x2563) for more information on the Ukulele Club.