Today at Berkeley Lab

Celniker Recognized by Genetics Society of America

Susan Celniker, deputy director of the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division, was named as the recipient of the 2016 George W. Beadle Award for her outstanding contributions to the Drosophila community, in both research and service. Celniker has played a key role in the sequencing, annotation, and characterization of the Drosophila genome. More>

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Global Food Initiative’s 30 Under 30 Awards 

These awards will honor 30 young leaders inside and outside the UC system and around the world who are working toward solving the global food crisis, and making an impact early in their careers. Send your nominations to UCOP by Feb. 29, 2016. Winners recognized in May 2016. More>

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MSD’s Michael Connolly ‘Safes the Day’ Every Day

Hero Card raffle winner Michael Connolly, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in the Materials Sciences Division, is a superhero when it comes to sharing safety culture with the diverse users conducting work at The Molecular Foundry. This is the latest in an ongoing Safety Culture series. More>

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$25 Million NNSA Grant for Nuclear Science and Security Research

DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration awarded $5 million per year for five years to a UC Berkeley-led consortium of eight universities for R&D in nuclear science and security. Berkeley Lab will also play a significant role, with John Valentine as the Lab’s point-of-contact. More>

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Earth Scientist Pierpaolo Marchesini Receives Sclocchi Thesis Award

The award is organized by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Assomineraria, and is given to those who have achieved great results with doctoral and graduate degrees in petroleum engineering, geoscience, and other disciplines related to the oil and gas industry. More>

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Moore Foundation Funds Berkeley Lab for Next-Generation Accelerators

Berkeley Lab researchers will receive $2.4 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop compact free electron lasers that will serve as powerful, affordable X-ray sources for scientific discovery. This new technology could lead to portable, high-contrast X-ray imaging to observe chemical reactions, visualize the flow of electrons, or watch biological processes unfold. More>

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Materials Scientist Omar Yaghi Wins Mustafa Scientific Prize

The prize was awarded by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states. Yaghi was recognized for his extensive research in the field of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). MOFs have a wide range of applications in clean energy technologies, carbon dioxide capture and hydrogen and methane storage. Yaghi received $500,000. More>

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Paul Alivisatos Wins the National Medal of Science

Announced by the White House on Dec. 22, the award is the nation’s highest honor for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Alivisatos, hailed as “one of the fathers of nanoscience” for his ground-breaking research in quantum dots and other artificial nanostructures, becomes the 15th Lab scientist to win the medal. More>

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Physics World Names Weyl Fermion Research as a ‘Top Ten Breakthrough of 2015’

Zahid Hasan an Advanced Light Source user is one of three physicists whose efforts to observe Weyl fermions, an elusive massless particle theorized 85 years ago. Weyl fermions have been regarded as possible building blocks of other subatomic particles. The top 10 were chosen by a panel of Physics World editors and reporters. More>

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Drought & Agriculture Project Among Winners of UC Catalyst Awards

Among the four awards, totaling more than $4.8 million, is the “California Drought and Carbon Management for Agriculture,” which includes Earth and Environmental Sciences researchers Eoin Brodie, Peter Nico, William Riley, and Margaret Torn. More>

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