Today at Berkeley Lab

Alivisatos Receives Commander of the Order of Honor From Greece

The Lab director received the accolade, presented by the ambassador of Greece, during a recent visit to Washington D.C. Alivisatos, who is Greek-American, said he was deeply honored by the award, which recognized his scientific contributions. More>

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M2B Initiative Launches; New Website Debuts

Microbes-to-Biomes, or M2B, funded by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program, is designed to explore and reveal the interactions of microbes with one another and with their environment – interactions that are vital to the Earth’s future. The new website will chronicle M2B news and research advancements. More>

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Mimicking Nature for Homeland Security

The Molecular Foundry’s Ron Zuckermann is designing two-dimensional peptoid nanosheets — a material made of biomimetic polymers, two molecules thick — that could one day be used to make sensors that detect lethal chemical agents or deadly viruses deployed during warfare or a terrorist attack. More>

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Lab Holiday Party Scheduled for Dec. 17

The annual gathering will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria dining hall. Beverages and snacks will be provided, and festive attire is encouraged. Donations are sought for the Berkeley Food & Housing Project. More>

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Export Control Training Session Scheduled for Dec. 10

The training takes place in the Building 50 Auditorium from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and will be live streamed here. Participants will learn more about the regulations that govern outbound exports and dissemination of information and technology to non-U.S. persons and entities. More>

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Erin Claybaugh’s on a Mission to Improve Lab’s Waste Disposal

She knows a lot about where your trash goes and is leading an initiative to divert 75 percent of the Lab’s solid waste outputs. New “Rethink Waste” bins and signs have helped, but education is key, she says. More>

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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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