Today at Berkeley Lab

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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June 12 Berkeley Lab-Dow Chemical Webinar

This joint seminar is the second in a series highlighting work between the two organizations. The talk, “Orientation of OLED Polymers Using Grazing Incidence X-ray Scattering,” takes place from 11 a.m. to noon. Go here for more details and login information.

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Update From Director on Federal Budget Process

The President’s Budget Request was submitted to Congress on May 23. I met with the leadership of the Office of Science last week to understand the details of the budget request and the next steps in the process. This week the leaders of the DOE program offices will engage in more detailed discussions about research programs with Associate Lab Directors and Division Directors both at Berkeley Lab and at the other national laboratories. More>

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Message From Director on Public Affairs, IT, and HR Reorganization

A strategic communications function has been established within the Directorate, which includes the current communications and media relations team. The Workforce Development and Education group will move to Human Resources, and Web Development, Creative Services, and Visual Communications will move to the IT Division. More>

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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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