Today at Berkeley Lab

Schlegel, Yang Receive E.O. Lawrence Awards at Recent Ceremony

The Department of Energy bestowed the award to nine mid-career researchers to honor their contributions towards the DOE’s science, energy, and national security missions. The awardees include David Schlegel (Physics) and Peidong Yang (Materials Sciences). Go here to view a slideshow that highlights the research of the honorees. More>

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Protective Service’s Tonya Petty Receives Excellence Award

At the DOE’s Emergency Management Issues-Special Interest Group (EMI SIG) recent annual conference, Protective Services Emergency Manager Tonya Petty received the Excellence in Emergency Management Award for her 20+ years of exceptional emergency management work at Pantex, Argonne National Laboratory, and, most recently, at Berkeley Lab.

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Nobel Laureates Sign Declaration on Climate Change

At the recent Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Berkeley Lab physicists Saul Perlmutter, George Smoot, as well as Steve Chu (pictured), signed the Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change. The declaration allows the laureates to “outline the scale of the threat of climate change, and…provide the best possible advice.” More>

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Eli Yablonovitch Wins Institute of Physics Newton Medal

The United Kingdom’s Institute of Physics has awarded its prestigious Isaac Newton Medal and Prize to Berkeley Lab materials scientist Eli Yablonovitch, a pioneer in the field of optoelectronics and nanophotonics. More>

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Christopher Chang Receives Young Scientist Award

Chang, with the Chemical Sciences Division, received the 2015 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. He was honored for his discoveries in chemistry that span both neuroscience and energy science. More>

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Doudna Shares Gruber Genetics Prize

Jennifer Doudna of the Physical Biosciences Division will share the $500,000 prize with Emmanuelle Charpentier for their landmark discovery of the RNA-guided CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system. The prize honors individuals whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.More>

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Lab Scientist Named Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently named Ke Xu of the Life Sciences Division one of 22 Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences, an honor that is given to promising early-career researchers. Xu’s research uses sophisticated microscopy and single-molecule techniques to probe how a cell’s cytoskeleton organizes its interior and determines its shape. More>

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Kai Vetter Wins American Nuclear Society Presidential Citation

Vetter was recognized for his role in the RadWatch and KelpWatch monitoring programs, which study potential impacts from the nuclear accident at Fukushima, and the creation of the Institute for Resilient Communities. More>

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Lab Intern Receives Honorable Mention at HHMI Conference

John Ramirez, who is being mentored by Tamas Torok of the Earth Sciences Division, won a silver medal for a poster he presented on the detection of riboswitches in mycobacterial viruses at a recent Howard Hughes Medical Institute conference. Ramirez is a student at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX.

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Rosio Alvarez Recognized by San Francisco Business Times

At its Business of Pride celebration to honor the advancement of LGBT equality in the workplace, the newspaper has recognized Lab CIO Rosio Alvarez for her contributions. Alvarez is on the board of the Horizons Foundation and has served as a STEM mentor for the Chicana/Latina Foundation. The event takes place Thursday in San Francisco. More>

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