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NERSC Recognized by NASA for Contributions to Planck Mission

NERSC staff were recently honored with a NASA Group Achievement Award for their high-performance computing support of the Planck Space Mission, which pushed the boundaries of supercomputing as well as cosmology. More>

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APS to Announce Zahid Hussain as Winner of Keithley Award

Advanced Light Source retiree Zahid Hussain has been notified he’ll receive the 2019 Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science from the American Physical Society. He has been recognized for his “development of soft X-ray instrumentation leading to significant measurement improvements of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy and resonant inelastic soft X-ray scattering.”

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Lab Teams Are Gordon Bell Prize Finalists

Among the finalists for the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize are two Berkeley Lab teams who are using the “Summit” supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab. Prabhat plans to use AI software to predict how extreme weather is likely to change in the future. André Walker-Loud and Pavlos Vranas are developing improved algorithms to help predict the lifetime of neutrons and answer fundamental questions about the universe. More>

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APS to Announce Barbara Jacak as Winner of Bonner Prize

Barbara Jacak, director of the Nuclear Science Division, has been notified that she will receive the 2019 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics from the American Physical Society. She was honored for her “leadership in the discovery and characterization of the quark-gluon plasma, especially her contributions to the PHENIX experiment and its explorations of jets as probes.” She’ll receive the award at the March 2019 APS annual meeting.

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WD&E’s Colette Flood Honored at Town Camp Appreciation Awards

Colette Flood, manager of Workforce Development and Education (WD&E), was honored by Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development with a “First Believers” award. Flood and WD&E were recognized for exemplifying “the true spirit of Town Camp by providing materials, professional development, and Lab volunteers to support Science Week.” Science Week was part of the city’s Town Camp summer camp program.

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JBEI Team Honored by Secretary of Energy

Rick Perry awarded a Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award to the Pretreatment and Process Development Team of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). The team was recognized for pioneering the development of biomass-derived ionic liquids (“bionic liquids”) to enable efficient and sustainable one-pot biofuel conversion technologies. The multi-lab team includes Lab researchers Blake Simmons and Corinne Scown. More>

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Joint Center for Energy Storage Research Wins Secretary of Energy Achievement Award

Rick Perry has awarded a Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award to the scientific and operational leadership team for the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). The center seeks to develop high-performance, low-cost energy storage technologies for transportation and the electric grid. The award-winning team includes Berkeley Lab researchers Nitash Balsara, Gerbrand Ceder, and Kristin Persson. More>

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Gary Binder Wins Global Neutrino Network Dissertation Prize

Gary Binder, a researcher with the Nuclear Science Division, has won the Global Neutrino Network dissertation prize for his work on “Measurements of the Flavor Composition and Inelasticity Distribution of High-Energy Neutrino Interactions in IceCube.” The prize recognizes young postdoctoral candidates who have written an outstanding thesis and contributed significantly to the Global Neutrino Network. More>

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Five Lab Technologies are Finalists for R&D 100 Awards

Lab finalists include technologies from the Energy Sciences, Computing Sciences, Energy Technologies, and Physical Sciences areas. Winners will be announced at a special event in Florida Nov. 15-16. The award honors the latest and best innovations, identifying the top technologies of the past year. More>

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Director’s Achievement Awards Announced

John Bell (CRD), Phil Colella (CRD), and Jim Floyd (retired) received the Berkeley Lab Prize Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards were also given for Early Scientific Career, Scientific, Operations, Safety, Outreach, Diversity, Societal Impact, and Technology Transfer achievements, as well as the Berkeley Lab Citation. Go here for the full list of awardees. Details on the awards ceremony will be posted in TABL.

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