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Nominations Open for Employee Recognition Program; Deadline is June 30

Administered by HR in conjunction with the Directorate, the Awards for Exceptional Achievement and Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Award recognize teams and individuals for significant accomplishments in advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Any employee can submit a nomination. Honorees will be acknowledged at a ceremony and reception in December.

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Message From Director on Federal Budget

I know that the uncertainty associated with the FY 18 budget process concerns many of you. I understand this, and ask that you remember that this only the first step in a rather long process. The appropriations process can continue into October. During this extended period of uncertainty, I ask that we try to focus on what we do best…bringing science solutions to the world. More>

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Jeff Neaton Selected as Energy Sciences Associate Laboratory Director

Neaton was selected after an international search. As the former Molecular Foundry director and former Materials Sciences Division acting director, Neaton has a distinguished record of Energy Sciences Area leadership. He is a member of the UC Berkeley Physics Department and will serve as Foundry acting director until a successor is named. More>

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Joint Berkeley Lab-Dow Webinar Series Kicks Off May 10

The series showcases research projects between the Lab and Dow Chemical Company. Osman Karslioglu (Chemical Sciences) gives the first seminar on May 10, 11 a.m. to noon. Webinar viewers can join a discussion after the talk. The next webinar is scheduled for June 22. Go here to access the webinar (access code is 351 077 072). More>

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Scott Fong Appointed as Export Compliance Officer

Scott Fong has been selected to fill a new full-time position as the Lab’s Export Compliance Officer. Fong will report through the Office of the Laboratory Counsel. Fong can be contacted at exportcontrol@lbl.gov or at SHFong@lbl.gov. More>

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Director Message: Update on Perry Confirmation, National Lab Directors’ Council, FY18 Budget

Former Texas governor Rick Perry was confirmed as Secretary of Energy on March 2. Last Thursday, one week after his confirmation, the Secretary spoke with great enthusiasm about the national laboratories in his keynote address at the DOE Big Ideas Summit. More>

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Message From the Director: Update on ALS-U

An upgraded Advanced Light Source will enable new explorations of chemical reactions, battery performance, biological processes, and exotic materials. At the heart of the upgrade is an improved electron storage ring. It is the largest project undertaken at the Lab in decades. Dave Robin will serve as the ALS-U project’s permanent director. More>

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LDRD ‘Beyond Petrochemicals’ Workshop on Feb. 16

The workshop takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Researchers are encouraged to propose projects that interface chemistry, materials, biology, and computing to develop new materials and chemicals that are environmentally friendly in production and use. The program includes short presentations, discussion, and networking. Register here. More>

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Water-Energy Town Hall on Feb. 3

The meeting — from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Building 66 Auditorium — kicks off discussion of the Lab-wide “Water-Energy” LDRD initiative. Short talks will describe some current water-energy projects at the Lab followed by open discussion. Attendees will have a chance to talk about their ideas for proposals and network with others responding to this call. More>

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Kubiak Named Deputy Director of Operations

Director Witherell has named Glenn Kubiak Deputy Director of Operations. Kubiak’s previous title was Associate Lab Director and Chief Operating Officer. Witherell said the change was made “to align his title with the scope of his job and the way the central leadership team operates.” This structure was in place in years past. Go here for a message from the Director.

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