Today at Berkeley Lab

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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The Economist Recognizes Jay Keasling for Anti-Malarial Effort

The Lab’s ALD for Biosciences and JBEI CEO has won the 2014 Innovation Award in Bioscience. He was recognized for his development of a synthetic version of the antimalaria drug artemisinin. The award, which recognizes an outstanding person who has made a proven innovation over the past decade, will be presented next month in Hong Kong, where he’ll also speak at the Economist Events Innovation Summit. More>

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Director Co-Writes Op-Ed Touting Benefits of National Labs

Paul Alivisatos, along with Dan Arvizu, Charlie McMillan and Terry Michalske, illuminates the national lab system’s unsung contributions to improvements in energy supply and renewables, security of nuclear material, and health and medicine. The value of the labs will be on display during a science and technology exhibit on Capitol Hill next week. More>

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Director’s 2014 Lifetime and Exceptional Achievement Awards Announced

Mark Levine received the Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Award in the area of Societal Impact, while David Schlegel, Axel Visel, Oliver Gessner, and Tanja Woyke received the Exceptional Achievement award in the scientific area. Go here for full list of awardees. A ceremony will be held on Monday, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. in the Building 50 auditorium.

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