Nominations are now being accepted for the Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement and The Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Awards. These awards have been established by Director Paul Alivisatos to recognize teams and individuals for significant accomplishments advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Any Lab employee may submit a nomination. Nomination forms and eligibility criteria are available here, and are due by Jan. 15, 2014. Honorees will be acknowledged at a Lab awards ceremony and reception.
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[Wired] Alex Ramirez wants to build a supercomputer that’s six times as powerful as Tianhe-2, the Chinese machine that’s ranked as the world’s most powerful. That’s an incredibly ambitious goal, but here’s the surprising part: He wants to build it using the sort of chips you typically find in mobile phones and tablets. He wants to use ARM processors. Whatever chips are used, many countries are working to build exascale machines, but in the U.S., budget cuts have tapered funding for these projects. Since 2010, the Lab’s funding has been flat or downward, said Deputy Director Horst Simon. More>
Representatives of Berkeley Lab and the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Research Center of Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore potential areas of collaboration. For Berkeley Lab, the MOU is centered in its Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD). The areas of potential cooperation include energy sector planning, policy analysis, energy modeling. More>
As announced at the Lab Director’s All-Hands last week, the Lab’s new Service Technology Solutions for Science initiative depends heavily on everyone’s engagement. One way to connect is through the anonymous, baseline survey about the Financial Systems Modernization (F$M) project, sent recently to a randomly selected group of employees. No matter how much or little you know about the project, those who received the survey are encouraged to respond, as this information is essential to provide data-driven measurement to support project success. You can also engage by educating yourself on the project and providing feedback, which can both be done at fsm.lbl.gov.
Last Wednesday, Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon testified before the House of Representative Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy about the value of the national laboratories and the committee’s draft legislation that would reauthorize the Office of Science. Congressional staff are always looking for good acronyms and settled on naming the bill the EINSTEIN America Act (Enabling Innovation for Science, Technology, and Energy in America Act). Simon was joined on the witness panel by Acting Director of the Office of Science Pat Dehmer, and John Hemminger, the chair of BESAC and Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Irvine. Go here to read the testimony.
Joe Dionne, currently serving as senior advisor to the Chief Operating Officer, will serve as acting director of Facilities, following the recent resignation of Jennifer Ridgeway. On Dec. 9, the interim position will transition to David Leary (pictured), a 38-year veteran from Lawrence Livermore Lab. Starting in 1973, Leary held numerous leadership roles at Livermore Lab, including director for Safeguards and Security, associate director for Laboratory Services, and deputy director for Operations. The Lab will start a nation-wide search for Ridgeway’s permanent replacement immediately.
To assist the Lab in estimating the cost of the recent partial federal government shutdown, employees are asked to spend no more than two minutes to calculate approximately how many hours they spent between Oct. 1 and Oct. 17 responding to the lapse in federal appropriation and on related scenario planning. This includes meetings and phone conferences, responding to or creating data calls for the Lab and DOE, and any other time spent planning for or otherwise responding to the shutdown issue. Click here to fill out the one question survey. Those not logged into their gmail.lbl.gov account will be prompted to do so first. Staff already logged in will go directly to the survey. Employees who were not impacted do not need to respond. Survey data will be reported at aggregate levels, not on an individual employee basis.
Lab Director Paul Alivisatos invites employees to attend or watch an all-hands meeting taking place Thursday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. He will be discussing some new strategic directions for the Lab. The meeting will be streamed live here. Send questions for the director to email@example.com.
A delegation from the German Research Foundation (DFG) will hold a workshop for researchers interested in establishing international collaborations with German universities and research institutions on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 330 Blum Hall (UC Berkeley campus). The event includes a luncheon for post-doctoral researchers. The workshop will cover how different DFG programs are structured, what the proposal and evaluation procedures look like, and how to make the most of potential research collaborations. Go here to register for the event and to sign up for individual consultations. Postdocs can go here to sign up for the luncheon.