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Nominations Open for Employee Recognition Program; Deadline is June 30

Administered by HR in conjunction with the Directorate, the Awards for Exceptional Achievement and Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Award recognize teams and individuals for significant accomplishments in advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Any employee can submit a nomination. Honorees will be acknowledged at a ceremony and reception in December.

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Yaghi Wins Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Lab materials scientist Omar Yaghi is the society’s Spiers Memorial Award winner for 2017. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to the chemical sciences. Award winners are evaluated for the originality and impact of their research as well as the quality of the results. More>

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Materials Scientist Marvin Cohen Receives Franklin Medal

The Franklin Institute Awards were founded in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin in 1824. Cohen was recognized “for making possible atomic-scale calculations of the properties of materials so detailed that new materials and their mechanical, thermal, electrical and optical properties can be predicted in agreement with experiments.” More>

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MSD’s Rob Ritchie Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

Ritchie is one of 10 new foreign members to receive this prestigious recognition for their outstanding contributions to science. He was recognized for his “research into the mechanics and micro-mechanisms of fracture and fatigue of a broad range of structural and biological materials, where he has provided a microstructural basis for their damage-tolerance and fatigue resistance.” More>

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John Clarke Named to American Philosophical Society

Clarke, an affiliate in the Materials Sciences Division, was recognized for his work on superconductivity, particularly the development and application of ultrasensitive SQUIDs (superconducting quantum interference devices). The APS, the first learned society in the United States, was established more than 250 years. More>

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EESA Faculty Scientist Mary Firestone Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Mary Firestone, of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Her work includes developing a greater understanding of the soil microbial environment. She has collaborated with EESA researcher Eoin Brodie on studies examining the role of microbial communities in the environment.

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CRD’s Scott Beamer Wins Distinguished Dissertation Award

Scott Beamer, a postdoc in the Computational Research Division’s Computer Architecture Group, will receive the 2016 SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award at the 8th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering being held April 22-27 in L’Aquila, Italy. More>

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Two ATAP Researchers Receive Recognition

Kelly Swanson (left, with Wim Leemans), a doctoral student in the BELLA Center, took top honors in a speed-storytelling “Grad Slam” event where she spoke about tabletop accelerators. Serena Persichelli, who is working on conceptual studies for ALS-U, won CERN’s Future Circular Collider Diversity Prize. Both are with the Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division.

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Kuriyan Recipient of Protein Society Award

John Kuriyan, senior faculty biologist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, was named the recipient of The Protein Society 2017 Stein and Moore Award. Kuriyan is recognized for scientific discoveries that have led to understanding the regulation of eukaryotic cell signaling and the phenomenon of processivity in DNA repair. More>

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Five Lab Scientists Among New AAAS Fellows

The new fellows are Jamie Cate (Biosciences), Christopher Chang (Chemical Sciences), Katherine Yelick (Computing Sciences), Michael Witherell (Lab Director), and Roger Falcone (ALS). American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellowships recognize leading figures in academia, the arts, science, business, and government. More>

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