Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Message From the Director: Update on ALS-U

An upgraded Advanced Light Source will enable new explorations of chemical reactions, battery performance, biological processes, and exotic materials. At the heart of the upgrade is an improved electron storage ring. It is the largest project undertaken at the Lab in decades. Dave Robin will serve as the ALS-U project’s permanent director. More>

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LDRD ‘Beyond Petrochemicals’ Workshop on Feb. 16

The workshop takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Researchers are encouraged to propose projects that interface chemistry, materials, biology, and computing to develop new materials and chemicals that are environmentally friendly in production and use. The program includes short presentations, discussion, and networking. Register here. More>

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Water-Energy Town Hall on Feb. 3

The meeting — from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Building 66 Auditorium — kicks off discussion of the Lab-wide “Water-Energy” LDRD initiative. Short talks will describe some current water-energy projects at the Lab followed by open discussion. Attendees will have a chance to talk about their ideas for proposals and network with others responding to this call. More>

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Kubiak Named Deputy Director of Operations

Director Witherell has named Glenn Kubiak Deputy Director of Operations. Kubiak’s previous title was Associate Lab Director and Chief Operating Officer. Witherell said the change was made “to align his title with the scope of his job and the way the central leadership team operates.” This structure was in place in years past. Go here for a message from the Director.

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Director Witherell Announces FY2018 LDRD Call for Proposals

The Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program is one of the principal means to seed innovative science and new research directions. An important factor in judging proposals will be their support of competencies aligned with the Lab and DOE’s strategic directions. Multi-investigator and multi-divisional initiatives are highly encouraged. More>

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A Holiday Message From Director Witherell

As we enter the Christmas/New Year’s holiday season, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everybody at the Lab for their dedication and hard work over the past year. Please enjoy your well-earned time at home with family and friends. More>

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DOE Report on Quantum Materials for Energy Relevant Technology Now Available

The “Basic Research Needs Report on Quantum Materials” that Berkeley Lab Senior Science Writer (retired) Lynn Yarris worked on for the Office of Science on behalf of the Lab is now online and can be viewed here. It includes design work by Public Affairs Creative Services’s Susan Brand.

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FY2017 LDRD Awards Announcement

$25.2M was allotted to 88 projects from 165 proposals; 37 are new and 51 are continuation projects. Initiatives focus on the water-energy nexus, large scale projects, energy science and technology applications, novel computing technologies, or multi-scale interactions among molecules, microbes, plants, metazoans, the abiotic environment, and their feedbacks. More>

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