Today at Berkeley Lab

Director’s Message on Lab Management and Stewardship

At the State-of-the-Lab talks I gave a few months ago, I said that we were engaged with the Berkeley Site Office and the UC Office of the National Laboratories in a contract reform initiative. We have had several tri-party working groups developing a leaner and more coherent contract that governs the management and operation of the Lab. We are on track with that effort. More>

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Lab Hosts Alameda County Community Food Bank Donation Drive

Staff are invited to donate unopened nonperishable food items such as grains, beans, pasta, peanut butter, and canned meat to the Alameda County Food Bank. A collection barrel will be located in the cafeteria lobby until Dec. 21. View a detailed wish list here. No glass containers will be accepted. The food bank serves one in five Alameda County residents.

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Director’s Message on Lab Recognition Awards

Recently I had the great honor of hosting our annual Director’s Awards event to celebrate many of the individuals and teams who have done outstanding work in the performance or support of the Lab’s research mission. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and thank you to the Recognition Committee for their efforts. View an Exposure photo feature of the event. More>

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Lab Holiday Party on Dec. 20

The Lab Directorate invites employees to join with their colleagues to celebrate the holidays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria’s dining hall on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be provided. Festive attire is encouraged. The cafeteria will close at 1 p.m. that day.

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Lab Hosts Strategic Growth Council Discussion of Draft Research Plan

On Monday, Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell hosted leaders of California’s Strategic Growth Council and Bay Area universities and national labs to discuss the Council’s draft plan governing $11 million in climate- and energy-related research funding. The new program represents the first time that California’s greenhouse gas reduction fund revenues will be used to support research. More>

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Lab Launches Early Career Development LDRDs, and Early Career Enrichment Program

Berkeley Lab is launching two efforts to help early career scientists further their research at the Lab, and to bring together a diverse group of scientists at a formative state in their careers. More>

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Peter Denes to Speak at Nov. 29 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Peter Denes, of the Laboratory Directorate, will speak on “Electrons, Photons, Neurons: Probing Minds, Seeing Small” on Nov. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Lab Donates to CSU East Bay Institute to Support K-12 STEM Outreach

The Lab has donated $15,000 to the California State University East Bay Institute for STEM Education’s Centers for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaborative Learning (CIRCLe) Labs program. Sponsored by the Lab’s Government and Community Relations office, this marks the second annual “signature” contribution to an organization that shares the Lab’s values. More>

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Veterans Receive ‘Challenge Coin’ at Fourth Annual Appreciation Luncheon

In partnership with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office, the Directorate hosted the Lab’s annual appreciation luncheon for veterans on Nov. 8. Employees from various branches of the military, including veterans in the DOE Berkeley Site Office, were invited to attend. As part of a military tradition, veterans received a “challenge coin” as a token of appreciation. More>

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Working Groups Formed to Address BERAC Grand Challenges

The Oct. 16 Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) Grand Challenges Visioning Workshop was attended by 77 people from across the Lab. As a result of discussion that day, five groups were formed to develop program ideas that address the Grand Challenges in the BERAC draft report. Lab staff are invited to participate, regardless of workshop attendance. More>

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