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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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Lab Director Receives Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Paul Alivisatos was given the Spiers Memorial Award for his contributions to the fundamental understanding of the relationship between nanoparticle synthesis and their properties. More>

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NTU Singapore, Lab to Develop Energy Efficiency Solutions for the Tropics

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the Lab have signed a five-year partnership for research on energy-efficiency solutions for buildings, renewable energy generation and storage, and smart grids, as well as developing solutions to combat urban and environmental challenges while reducing energy costs. More>

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Cal-BRAIN Selects 16 Projects for Seed Grants

The Cal-BRAIN program, which aims to revolutionize our understanding of the brain, has awarded $120,000 to 16 projects. Cal-BRAIN is led jointly by UC San Diego and Berkeley Lab. Among the recipients is Bruce Cohen of the Materials Sciences Division, whose project will look at nano-optogenetic control of neuronal firing with targeted nanocrystals. More>

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Jennifer Tang Named New Manager of Federal and External Relations

In this newly created position, Tang will help expand and advance the Lab’s outreach to federal government stakeholders and work with regional and state-wide organizations to build their third party support for the Lab in Washington, DC. She formerly worked as a senior field representative in the state office of Senator Barbara Boxer.

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Info Sessions on Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

The AAAS fellowships offer those interested in exploring the intersection of science and policy through yearlong assignments in the three branches of the federal government. Info sessions will be held on the main site at 11:30 a.m. in Perseverance Hall, and at 1:30 p.m. at JBEI on April 9. More>

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Director’s State of the Lab Address Now Available Online

At the gathering last week, Paul Alivisatos announced he was stepping down and discussed the development of a new proposal to upgrade the Advanced Light Source, the establishment by UC of the Berkeley Lab Foundation, and the formation of a new Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, among other topics. Go here to view the presentation.

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Norwegian Delegation Visits the Lab

The Lab along with the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute hosted members of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Ministry of Education and Research last week. The guests toured the Molecular Foundry and the Advanced Light Source, followed by a meeting with Director Alivisatos.

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