Today at Berkeley Lab

Norwegian Delegation Visits the Lab

The Lab along with the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute hosted members of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Ministry of Education and Research last week. The guests toured the Molecular Foundry and the Advanced Light Source, followed by a meeting with Director Alivisatos.

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Paul Alivisatos to Step Down as Lab Director

The director will leave his position once a successor can be recruited to lead the Lab. Alivisatos will return to his research and teaching activities as a senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division and as a faculty member on the UC Berkeley campus. More>

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Director Hosts ‘State of the Lab’ on March 23; Will be Live Streamed

The director’s March 23 town hall meeting at 3 p.m. in Building 50 will be live streamed here. Alivisatos will discuss the development of a new proposal to upgrade the Advanced Light Source, the establishment by UC of the Berkeley Lab Foundation, and the announcement of the formation of a new Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, among other topics.

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Lab Creates New ‘Earth and Environmental Sciences Area’

At first, this Area will steward the Earth Sciences Division, and the new Associate Laboratory Director will be charged with developing a new organizational structure that reflects the strategic plan they will create by working closely with the Area’s science community. More>

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Nominations Open for Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement

The awards recognize teams and individuals for significant accomplishments advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Any Lab employee may submit a nomination. Deadline is March 15. Honorees will receive a cash award and be honored at a special ceremony and reception. More>

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2015 Lab Directed Research and Development Awards Announced

A total of $24.9 million was allocated for 82 projects from a field of 169 proposals. Go here to see the complete list of funded projects. Fourteen projects that went through a parallel review process led by Deputy Director Horst Simon and associate Lab directors were also approved (highlighted in yellow). More>

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Visits the Lab

Last week, he toured the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, met with Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and JBEI’s Jay Keasling, along with several researchers and students during his tour. Vilsack discussed the need for innovative research partnerships to make America more energy independent.

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Reorganization of Energy Technologies Area Announced

The area’s four new divisions include these former EETD departments: Building Technologies and Urban Systems, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts, and Energy Storage and Distributed Resources. A new division, Renewable Generation, is being developed. More>

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A Message from Lab Director Paul Alivisatos on Inclusiveness

Recently I read a column in the New York Times that really caught my eye. Speaking While Female discussed why women “stay quiet” at work. It described how women are “interrupted or shot down before finishing their pitch,” usually by male colleagues, and as a result “women often decide that saying less is more.” More>

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Town Hall Meeting on ARPA-E ‘OPEN 2015’ Funding Opportunity

DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy is soliciting proposals for funding the development of “potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications.” A town hall meeting on the funding will be held Monday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. in Building 15-253. More>

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