U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein visited Berkeley Lab on Tuesday, April 15. As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Feinstein plays an important role in setting funding levels for the Department of Energy. Lab Director Paul Alivisatos hosted the Senator on a tour of the Advanced Light Source where she met with scientists and users from industry and academia, and on a tour of the Molecular Foundry.
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On Monday, March 31, former Lab Director Steve Chu presented a talk on “Optical Microscopy 2.0” as well as the energy/climate challenge.
Steve Forbes recently invited Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the governors of Indiana and Michigan, and the former governor of Virginia, to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Forbes at the recent 2014 Reinventing America Summit. In his comments, Alivisatos emphasized that Berkeley Lab and the DOE National Lab system are very successful in dual roles: continuing the great tradition of groundbreaking discovery science, while embracing a new role of enabling innovation for energy and the environment. He cited the SEMATECH consortium at the Advanced Light Source, the new FLEXLAB, and the Materials Project as examples, and invited entrepreneurs and industry representatives at the forum to seek partnerships with Berkeley Lab and other DOE National Labs.
As part of the recently announced tri-institutional partnership between Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco, the Lab earlier this month hosted more than 90 researchers from these organizations to discuss the partnership’s seed collaborative project in neurotechnology and the opportunities provided by President Obama’s BRAIN initiative. More>
Lab Director Paul Alivisatos has made diversity and inclusion one of his key strategic initiatives for Berkeley Lab. In this Q&A read about why he wanted to launch the initiative, what efforts the Lab will make to improve diversity and inclusion, and what he will consider success to look like. “We want to have the best workforce possible, both scientific and operational. If we’re missing out on a broader demographic, then we need to find ways of accessing those talent groups,” he said.” More>
Lab Director Paul Alivisatos invites employees to join him for a brown bag lunch on Wednesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. The gathering is open to the first 20 staff members who RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco have formed a new partnership to support science and technology initiatives and projects with the intent of catalyzing potentially transformative collaborative research among the three institutions, and positioning the institutions favorably for follow-on extramural funding. The initiative is being launched with a seed-funding program that will address innovative neurotechnology research in response to the Presidential BRAIN Initiative. The partnership will support new collaborative projects that strengthen the abilities of the partners to forge a strong Bay Area neurotechnology collaboration responsive to national needs. More>
Berkeley Lab Associate Laboratory Director James Symons has recently returned from China after signing an agreement to explore collaborative research in high-energy nuclear physics with a leading university; a journey capped with a side trip to Sichuan Province for a rare visit to the world’s deepest underground physics laboratory. The lab consists of a 2,800 square foot cavern carved out of solid rock, in which scientists have placed liquid xenon detectors in an experiment to find evidence of weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPS, a possible source of dark matter. More>
Steve Gourlay, the director of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division since 2006, has decided to step down. AFRD Senior Scientist Wim Leemans will replace Gourlay as director, effective immediately. The division made several notable achievements during Gourlay’s directorship, including important ALS upgrades, construction of BELLA and the Neutral Drift Accelerator (NDCX-II), and record-breaking superconducting magnet development for the LHC Accelerator Research Program. He will return to research within AFRD. Leemans, who joined the Lab in 1991, heads the LOASIS Program, and serves as director of the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA). More>
The nomination period for the Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement and The Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Awards has been extended to Jan. 31. These awards were established to recognize teams and individuals for significant accomplishments advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Any Lab employee may submit a nomination. Honorees will be acknowledged at a Lab awards ceremony and reception in 2014. Nomination forms and eligibility criteria are available at http://recognition.lbl.gov/