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Fourth Dow/Berkeley Lab Webinar on August 15

Paul Ashby will present results from a collaboration between Dow and the Lab using scanned probe-based potentiometry and photoconductance measurements to understand how the nanostructure of various materials in the stack of Dow’s cadmium indium gallium selenide photovoltaic device influence efficiency, as well as other research capabilities at the Molecular Foundry. More>

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Director’s Message on the Lab’s Commitment to Diversity

In light of the recent diversity issue at Google, Director Witherell reminds staff that the Lab is committed to giving women the opportunity to do great work here in every area — research, operations, facilities, and leadership. The Lab will continue working to improve the environment for all employees, both because it is the right thing to do and because it makes us a more productive laboratory. More>

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Strategic Communications Offers Media Training on Sept. 13

Berkeley Lab’s Strategic Communications office is offering a free, on-site media training session on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. The class is limited to six participants, so early registration is suggested. Lab Communications Manager Jon Weiner, a former CBS News producer, will lead the session; for more information, or to sign up, contact him at jrweiner@lbl.gov.

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Director’s Message on Aug. 2 Lock Down, Fire Evacuation

Dear Berkeley Lab colleagues, As you know, we had two separate incidents today that required an emergency response across the … More»

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Director’s Message: Update on Federal Budget Process

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved separate versions of the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that funds the Department of Energy.The House version of the FY 18 appropriations bill would fund the Office of Science at FY 17 levels, while the Senate version would increase funding by 3%. In broad summary, the total funding to the Lab next year will probably be close to what it is this year. More>

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Construction on Mega-Science Neutrino Experiment Gets Underway

In a unique groundbreaking ceremony held July 21 at a research site in South Dakota, a group of dignitaries, scientists, and engineers from around the world marked the start of construction of a massive international experiment that could change our understanding of the universe. Berkeley Lab Project Management Officer Kem Robinson attended the event. More>

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Message From Director on Operations Leadership

Deputy Director for Operations Glenn Kubiak has announced his plans to retire as of January 2018. As head of the 700-employee Operations enterprise since 2012, Glenn has done a remarkable job of improving operational support for our research while making the Lab a better place to work for all employees. More>

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Director’s Update on ALS Leadership

After 10 years as director of the Advanced Light Source, Roger Falcone has decided to step down from this role to return to teaching and research at UC Berkeley. In addition, on January 1 he will begin a term as president of the American Physical Society, following a long list of distinguished physicists who have served in this role. More>

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Director’s Message on Biosciences Leadership Transition

Biosciences Associate Lab Director Jay Keasling has agreed to take on an important new role as Chief Science and Technology Officer for the Biosciences Area, and Mary Maxon, currently the principal deputy for Biosciences, will replace Keasling as ALD for Biosciences, effective on July 1. More>

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Director’s Message on the Annual Laboratory Plan

On June 9, Mike Witherell presented the Annual Laboratory Plan to the leadership of the DOE’s Office of Science. He discussed what the nation needs from its national labs and gave examples of how Berkeley Lab is addressing those needs. He also talked about the Lab’s user facilities, major science projects underway, and the use LDRD funding. More>

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