Today at Berkeley Lab

Feb. 2 Overview of Homeland Security’s Security Science & Technology Group

Donald Kirkley of the Office of National Laboratories at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) will provide a “DHS S&T Overview” describing its mission, organization, and strategic plan. The talk runs from 11 a.m. to noon in Building 59-3101 (Wang Hall). The event provides a chance for Lab scientists to see how their research might help DHS.

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Video of Jan. 29 Town Hall With Incoming Director Now Available

Those who missed the talk with incoming director Mike Witherell can go here to view it.

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Town Hall With New Lab Director on Jan. 29; Will Be Live Streamed

Staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting with incoming Lab Director Michael Witherell from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 29. Go here to view a live stream of the event.

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Michael Witherell Announced as New Lab Director

The UC Regents announced on Jan. 21 that Mike Witherell, currently the vice chancellor for research at UC Santa Barbara, will succeed Paul Alivisatos as the new Lab Director. He will begin on March 1. Witherall — a leading physicist with experience as a teacher, researcher, and manager of complex organizations — is the former director of Fermilab. More>

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Alivisatos to Serve as UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor of Research

Alivisatos, a UC Berkeley professor of chemistry since 1988, will assume the position of vice chancellor for research on March 1. He will oversee campus research, which annually generates approximately $700 million in grants and contracts. More>

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Paul Alivisatos Wins the National Medal of Science

Announced by the White House on Dec. 22, the award is the nation’s highest honor for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Alivisatos, hailed as “one of the fathers of nanoscience” for his ground-breaking research in quantum dots and other artificial nanostructures, becomes the 15th Lab scientist to win the medal. More>

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Proposals Now Accepted for 2017 LDRD Funding

Approximately $25 million in Laboratory Directed Research and Development funds are available for FY2017. Multi-investigator, cross-disciplinary proposals in Novel Computing Technologies, ALS-Upgrade Science and Technology, Microbes-to-Biomes, Water-Energy Systems at Scale, and Quarks to Cosmos are encouraged. Deadline is March 25, 2016. More>

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Berkeley Food & Housing Project Donation Collection Drive Dec. 7-11

Staff are invited to bring new or gently used towels, toiletries (new, unopened), new socks, underwear, t-shirts, sweat pants, flip flops, and new or gently used sheets and blankets to the collection barrel located in the cafeteria lobby from Dec. 7 to 11. A rep for BFHP will be onsite during the holiday party on Wednesday. BFHP works to ease and end the crisis of homelessness. More>

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Lab Holiday Party on Dec. 9

Join with other employees to celebrate the holidays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria’s dining hall. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served by Epicurean. Festive attire is encouraged.

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Dahmen, Denes, Downing Win Lab Lifetime Achievement Award

Uli Dahmen, Peter Denes and Kenneth Downing are the recipients of the 2015 Berkeley Lab Prize − Lifetime Achievement Award for their scientific advances and leadership in making Berkeley Lab among the world’s forefront centers for electron microscopy. More>

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