Today at Berkeley Lab

Q&A With ECRP Winners on How Award Can Transform Careers

In this Q&A, Susannah Tringe (JGI), Kevin Wilson (Chemical Sciences), and Feng Yuan (Nuclear Sciences) discuss how the Early Career Research Program funding (typically $2.5 million over five years) has changed their research and helped advance their careers. Director Witherell hosts an ECRP brown bag on Aug. 19 at noon in Perseverance Hall.

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Message From Director on Strengthening Connections With Department of Energy

Director Witherell presented the Lab’s Annual Laboratory report to DOE, recently met with DOE senior leaders and other lab directors, and hosted a visit by Office of Science Director Cherry Murray. “As you can see from the number and depth of these discussions, the DOE is working very closely with us and the other laboratories as we plan and carry out our research,” he said. More>

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Video Available of Director Witherell’s State of Lab Address

At the Aug. 2 event, he discussed Lab-wide initiatives and several other topics, including the ideas led by the Lab at the recent DOE Big Ideas Summit. Watch the video here.

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Lab Among Sponsors of New Workplace Gender Equity Resource Guide

Action items outlined in the best practices guide include closing the wage gap, reducing unconscious bias, improving mentorship, developing healthy workplace cultures, offering HR policies that benefit all, and advancing women as leaders. View the guide here. Government Relation’s Jennifer Tang was the Lab’s point of contact for the guide.

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Apply for DOE Early Career Research Program; Director Brown Bag on Aug. 19

Full-time, career or career-track Lab researchers who received their Ph.D. no earlier than 2006 can apply for awards of up to $2.5M to advance energy science. Director Witherell hosts a noon brown bag and networking social on Aug. 19 in Perseverance Hall. For more info and to find your Area/Division representatives, visit the Lab’s ECRP website.

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Margaret Dick Appointed Chief of Staff

After a comprehensive national search, Margaret Dick has been appointed Chief of Staff for the Lab. She has been the Acting Chief of Staff since February, and previously served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and Leadership Communications Advisor. More>

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Witherell to Give Aug. 2 ‘State of the Lab’ Presentation; Will be Streamed Live

Director Mike Witherell’s first “State of the Lab” talk will be held on August 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Building 50 Auditorium. He’ll discuss Lab-wide initiatives and several other topics, including the ideas led by the Lab at the recent DOE Big Ideas Summit. For those who can’t attend in person, go here to view a live stream.

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Mandela Washington Fellows Visit Lab

The fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The group toured FLEXLAB (pictured), and heard presentations on the Cookstove Project and Cyclotron Road, among other activities.

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Is U.S. at Risk of Losing Supercomputing Leadership?

“All the U.S. systems on the list are getting old,” said the Lab’s Horst Simon, regarding the recent top 500 rankings of fastest supercomputers. “There will be no 100-petaflop systems in the U.S. for two years…and we have been complacent for four or five years about pushing for an exaflop system.” His comments appear in a “nextBIG Future” story. More>

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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. 

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