Today at Berkeley Lab

ARPA-E Grants for Solar Technologies Announced at Clean Energy Summit

Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and Noah Bronstein (Materials Sciences) were part of a multi-institutional team that will receive a $3 million grant for the development of a micro-optical tandem luminescent solar concentrator. More>

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Scott Fong Appointed as New Export Control Compliance Officer

Fong, formerly with UC Santa Cruz and NASA Ames, will oversee export control programmatic priorities and develop appropriate best practices to mitigate export control risks, as well as providing employees with export control awareness and training. Contact Fong at exportcontrol@lbl.gov or SHFong@lbl.gov.

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Kem Robinson to Lead Project Management Office

Robinson will step down as director of Engineering Division to serve as Project Management Officer full time, effective August 1. He has managed the PMO while simultaneously serving as division director since 2012. The change was made to better assure the success of existing and anticipated major capital and science projects. More>

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1988 Bell Prize Creates Foundation for Simon’s Successful HPC Career

A blog posted on the SC15 website spotlights Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon’s 2 Gordon Bell Prizes (1988 & 2009) and how these accolades help set the foundation for his successful career in high performance computing. The awarding of each year’s prizes are a highlight of the SC conference every November. More>

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Update From UC’s Napolitano on Berkeley Lab Director Search

The search process is well under way, with UC Vice President for National Labs Kimberly Budil chairing the committee. Committee members include Saul Perlmutter and Natalie Roe. Several hundred letters and e-mails requesting nominations have gone out to a broad audience. The committee visited Berkeley Lab last week to hear from a number of Lab staff. More>

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Former Berkeley Lab Director Chuck Shank Wins Fermi Award

Charles (Chuck) Shank, Berkeley Lab director from 1989 through 2004, has been named by President Obama as a recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the federal government’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement. More>

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Lab Director Search Committee Announced

UC President Napolitano announced the commencement of the search for the next director of the Lab on June 3. To be given full consideration, nominations and applications for the Berkeley Lab Director should be submitted no later than July 17. More>

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Lab Honors Recent, Past Retirees at Special Reception

Nearly 100 retirees were recently honored for their years of service, with music, refreshments, a welcome by Deputy Director Horst Simon, presentation by the UC Berkeley Retirement Center,
the EX-L’s Lab retirement group, and Lab Foundation President Ivy Clift.

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Director Alivisatos Elected to American Philosophical Society

The director is part of a 2015 class that includes such names as economist Thomas Piketty, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp. The group is the country’s first learned society. Alivisatos is part of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences group of awardees. More>

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Keasling Announces Biosciences’ Reorganization

Citing the changing nature of the Department of Energy’s biology mission, concerns about non-DOE funding, and the benefits of a refreshed divisional structure, Jay Keasling, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, has announced an extensive reorganization of the Biosciences Area, effective October 1. More>

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