Today at Berkeley Lab

Ed Lofgren, Pioneering ‘Rad Lab’ Physicist, Dies at 102

Lofgren, who died on Sept. 6, played key roles in many projects throughout the Lab’s history. He was a close associate of E.O. Lawrence, and chief physicist for the development, construction, and operation of the Bevatron. He also served as associate laboratory director, and was the first director of the Accelerator Division. He retired in 1979. More>

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Lab Booth at Solano Stroll a Big Success; Director Witherell Participates

Mike Witherell joined twenty-six volunteers from across the Lab to become an ambassador for “cool science” at the Solano Stroll on Sept. 11. The ambassadors answered hundreds of questions from many local residents who were excited and eager to learn more about the science being performed at Berkeley Lab. Go here to see the list of volunteers, and here for photos.

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Molecular Foundry Established as Its Own Division

On Oct. 1, the Molecular Foundry will become a division within the Energy Sciences Area. Foundry director Jeff Neaton will serve as the director of the new division. The Foundry was previously part of the Materials Sciences Division. The shift puts the Foundry in line with the Lab’s four other national user facilities that are also divisions. Read a message from the director on this change.

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Lab Director Shares Highlights of His First Six Months

When I see old friends, they ask how I like it here, and I tell them I love it. Some of the world’s most talented researchers work at Berkeley Lab, all committed to solving big, important scientific problems. We have a corps of dedicated people who are finding operational solutions that can make that research advance more quickly. I can’t imagine a better institution to lead. More>

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Q&A With ECRP Winners on How Award Can Transform Careers

In this Q&A, Susannah Tringe (JGI), Kevin Wilson (Chemical Sciences), and Feng Yuan (Nuclear Sciences) discuss how the Early Career Research Program funding (typically $2.5 million over five years) has changed their research and helped advance their careers. Director Witherell hosts an ECRP brown bag on Aug. 19 at noon in Perseverance Hall.

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Message From Director on Strengthening Connections With Department of Energy

Director Witherell presented the Lab’s Annual Laboratory report to DOE, recently met with DOE senior leaders and other lab directors, and hosted a visit by Office of Science Director Cherry Murray. “As you can see from the number and depth of these discussions, the DOE is working very closely with us and the other laboratories as we plan and carry out our research,” he said. More>

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Video Available of Director Witherell’s State of Lab Address

At the Aug. 2 event, he discussed Lab-wide initiatives and several other topics, including the ideas led by the Lab at the recent DOE Big Ideas Summit. Watch the video here.

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Lab Among Sponsors of New Workplace Gender Equity Resource Guide

Action items outlined in the best practices guide include closing the wage gap, reducing unconscious bias, improving mentorship, developing healthy workplace cultures, offering HR policies that benefit all, and advancing women as leaders. View the guide here. Government Relation’s Jennifer Tang was the Lab’s point of contact for the guide.

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Apply for DOE Early Career Research Program; Director Brown Bag on Aug. 19

Full-time, career or career-track Lab researchers who received their Ph.D. no earlier than 2006 can apply for awards of up to $2.5M to advance energy science. Director Witherell hosts a noon brown bag and networking social on Aug. 19 in Perseverance Hall. For more info and to find your Area/Division representatives, visit the Lab’s ECRP website.

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Margaret Dick Appointed Chief of Staff

After a comprehensive national search, Margaret Dick has been appointed Chief of Staff for the Lab. She has been the Acting Chief of Staff since February, and previously served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and Leadership Communications Advisor. More>

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