Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Director Holds Diversity And Inclusion Retreat For Lab Leaders

Lab Director Paul Alivisatos held a day-long retreat last month for division directors and associate lab directors to strategize proposals and approaches for the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. The Initiative seeks to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture so as to attract and retain top talent for pursuing the Lab’s mission. Vera Potapenko (left) and Natalie Roe co-lead the initiative’s advisory committee. More>

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M37 Becomes Cyclotron Road and Launches First Cohort of Innovators

A one-of-a-kind program announced over the summer with the name M37 has officially launched with a new name and a first cohort of innovators. “Cyclotron Road” will be home to eight scientists-slash-entrepreneurs working on clean-energy technologies. Stop by for a meet-and-greet on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Building 15-253. More>

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Export Control Training Sessions Set for No. 14 and Dec. 10

The classes will help staff understand the regulations that govern outbound exports and dissemination of information and technology to non-U.S. persons and entities. Both sessions will be held in the Building 50 Auditorium from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Send e-mail here for more information. More>

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Lab Releases Workforce Demographic Data

As part of the diversity and inclusion initiative, the Lab has released demographic data showing that women account for 33 percent of its total workforce and underrepresented minorities (Black, Hispanic, and Native American) account for 13 percent. Go here for the news release and here for more complete data by job category. More>

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Energy Secretary Moniz to Hold All-Hands at Lab on Thursday

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will visit Berkeley Lab on Thursday, Oct. 23 and will be holding an all-hands meeting with lab staff. The meeting will take place in the Building 50 Auditorium from 11:45 to 12:30 Thursday. Due to the anticipated high interest, this is a first-come, first-seated opportunity. However, live web streaming will be available on the Lab’s epresence site. Watch TABL on Friday for a follow-up to the Secretary’s visit to the lab.

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Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division is New Name for AFRD

The new name (ATAP for short) better reflects the broader contributions of accelerators and related technologies to today’s science and recognizes the origins and core mission of the division, says its director, Wim Leemans. More>

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Director Alivisatos Plays Key Role in White House BRAIN Conference

Alivisatos moderated two of the conference’s three panels, focusing on the critical technologies and tools that the community will need to develop in order to meet the goals of the BRAIN Initiative. More>

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Lab Partners with Campus and UCSF in BRAINseed

The Lab is contributing both financially and intellectually to BRAINSeed, a partnership with UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to accelerate “innovative but risky” brain research through nanoscience and optogenetic technologies. Berkeley Lab scientists and facilities such as NERSC and the Foundry will be playing key roles in these projects. More>

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LIGTT’s “50 Breakthroughs” Study Presented at USAID Conference

LBNL Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies Executive Director Shashi Buluswar, presented the Institute’s forthcoming “50 Breakthroughs” study last week at a USAID conference in Washington, D.C. The study describes 50 scientific and technological breakthroughs most critical to sustainable global development. Other conference speakers included John Kerry, Kofi Annan, and Christine Lagarde. More>

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Preschooler Science Enthusiast Piques Minds and Wins Hearts

His father wrote Lab protocol officer Nicole Pagano to see if his son, who loves chemistry and has memorized the periodic table, could get a tour. She arranged for him to visit the Advanced Light Source along with its Director Roger Falcone (left), the Building 50 historical exhibit with Deputy Director Horst Simon, and the Molecular Foundry. More>

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