Today at Berkeley Lab

Joe Palca to Interview Geri Richmond for June 11 ‘Women in Science’ Talk

Geri Richmond — a member of the National Science Board, secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and advocate for diversity — will sit down in conversation with NPR’s Joe Palca on Monday, June 11, at 1:15 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The event is part of the Director’s Distinguished Women in Science speaker series. The talk will be streamed live. More>

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Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Leadership Visits Berkeley Lab

Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon and the Government and Community Relations Office recently hosted leadership from the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative to discuss common goals in the effort to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges around energy and the environment. The group learned about the Lab’s history and mission, and toured the Advanced Light Source.

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Inclusion Video Series Winners Announced, Discuss DEI With Lab Director

As a follow-up to the talk given by Steve Robbins, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office launched a Lab-wide program called “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation.” Each month, three videos are released to highlight specific ideas related to DEI, along with a challenge quiz. So far, the top 20 point earners have met with Director Witherell to discuss DEI at the Lab. More>

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Early Career LDRD Spotlight: Eloe-Fadrosh Explores Infinite Microbial Universe

With funding provided through an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Award, Emily Eloe-Fadrosh leads a team of researchers at the Joint Genome Institute in search of clues — hidden deep in the DNA of tiny creatures called microbes — that could lead to a better understanding of our soil, water, air, and perhaps even our health. More>

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Lab Signs MOU With French Geological Survey

Associate Lab Director Susan Hubbard recently traveled to France to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of Lab Director Mike Witherell, signifying the Lab’s intent to expand a collaborative partnership with the French geological survey BRGM. More>

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Energy Secretary Perry ‘Proud’ to be Part of National Labs

Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured Lab facilities and learned about the Lab’s research and history during a visit on March 27. He addressed employees at a town hall meeting, during which he said he was “proud” to be part of the national lab system, and that serving as the DOE director is the “coolest” job he’s ever had. Go here to watch the town hall presentation. More>

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Secretary Perry to Visit Berkeley Lab on March 27

Director Witherell will host the visit, which includes a welcome and brief introduction to Berkeley Lab in the Bldg. 50 Lobby, followed by tours of the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, NERSC, and ESnet. Employees can watch a livestreamed town hall with the secretary at 3:30 p.m. More>

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New Strategic Partnerships Office Formed

As of March 1, the Lab’s contracts officers who support non-DOE federal and non-federal work (formerly referred to as Work for Others) have been merged into a new group – the Strategic Partnerships Office – within the Lab Directorate. More>

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Director’s Message on Advances in Building Next-Gen Science Facilities

Director Witherell celebrates his two-year anniversary with the Lab and provides an update on efforts to build next-generation science facilities, including the Advanced Light Source Upgrade (ALS-U), the Integrative Genomics Building, and the LZ and DESI high-energy physics programs. He also touches on the budget process. More>

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Director Witherell Meets With Governor Brown

Director Witherell recently joined directors of California’s DOE and NASA labs in a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown. They discussed an array of topics including clean energy, climate, and water. Witherell and Associate Lab Director Susan Hubbard also met with Sen. Nancy Skinner, Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, Cal-EPA Secretary Matt Rodriguez, and others.

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