Today at Berkeley Lab

Saudi Minister of Energy Visits Lab on June 20

Khalid Al-Falih (left), Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the Chairman of Aramco Board of Directors toured the Molecular Foundry (pictured), the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, and FLEXLAB.   DOE Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr accompanied Minister Al-Falih during the visit. 

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Director’s Update on the Advanced Light Source Upgrade

At the DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee review in Washington, D.C. last week, the committee unanimously approved a subcommittee’s recommendation that the ALS-U is “ready to initiate construction.” Director Michael Witherell, who is part of the ALS-U team, attended the BESAC review and provides an update. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Message from Director Witherell on Orlando Shooting

In a note to the Berkeley Lab community, Director Michael Witherell conveys his sympathy for those killed and injured in the mass shooting in Orlando. Details on local vigils, as well as employee resources, can be found following the director’s note. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Horst Simon Among Guests on KQED Forum Program on Energy Ministerial Event

Energy ministers from 23 countries, and the European Commission, convene in San Francisco this week for the Clean Energy Ministerial. The gathering will focus on how to meet the ambitious goals set at the Paris Climate Talks and how to encourage the use of renewable energy technology worldwide. Simon can be heard at 16:50 on the audio recording. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Berkeley Lab Featured at National Lab Day in Delaware

Hosted by the University of Delaware and supported by Delaware’s governor, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and DOE Secretary Moniz, the event allowed industry and academia to learn how to partner and collaborate with DOE’s national labs. Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon participated, and Suzanne Storar (IPO) and Jenn Tang (Government & Community Relations) attended. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Lab Participates in DOE’s ‘Big Ideas’ Summit

The summit was the third annual gathering to elicit large-scale, potentially game-changing ideas from 17 national labs working collaboratively to tackle the nation’s energy and science challenges. A theme of this year’s summit was the Presidential Mission Innovation initiative to dramatically accelerate global clean energy technologies to address climate change. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Horst Simon Catches Up With Colleagues While Carpooling

In this third installment of the Commuter Chronicles, Deputy Laboratory Director Horst Simon talks about how carpooling has helped him connect with friends and collaborate with colleagues during their commute from Palo Alto to Berkeley. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Message From Director Witherell on Molecular Foundry Anniversary

This week we are celebrating the many scientific breakthroughs made possible by the Molecular Foundry in its ten years of operation. It is a good time for us as a Laboratory to consider why this new scientific user facility developed so quickly into a scientific powerhouse and what that means for us in thinking about future facilities. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

A Message From New Lab Director Mike Witherell

As I begin my tenure, I want to thank you for all you have done over the past six weeks to welcome me. As I said at the town hall meeting, I am very excited for the opportunity to lead this great lab. I have enjoyed meeting some of the talented science and operations teams who make this work possible, and look forward to meeting the rest of you in the weeks to come. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Alivisatos Legacy: Building an Ecosystem for Science and Innovation

Under the leadership of Paul Alivisatos since 2009, Berkeley Lab has greatly advanced research at the intersection of biological, energy, and environmental sciences. He has overseen infrastructure and programmatic growth, championed restructured leadership, diversity and leadership development, employee recognition, and industrial outreach. He leaves his post on March 1. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.