Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Participates in DOE’s ‘Big Ideas’ Summit

The summit was the third annual gathering to elicit large-scale, potentially game-changing ideas from 17 national labs working collaboratively to tackle the nation’s energy and science challenges. A theme of this year’s summit was the Presidential Mission Innovation initiative to dramatically accelerate global clean energy technologies to address climate change. More>

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Horst Simon Catches Up With Colleagues While Carpooling

In this third installment of the Commuter Chronicles, Deputy Laboratory Director Horst Simon talks about how carpooling has helped him connect with friends and collaborate with colleagues during their commute from Palo Alto to Berkeley. More>

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Message From Director Witherell on Molecular Foundry Anniversary

This week we are celebrating the many scientific breakthroughs made possible by the Molecular Foundry in its ten years of operation. It is a good time for us as a Laboratory to consider why this new scientific user facility developed so quickly into a scientific powerhouse and what that means for us in thinking about future facilities. More>

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A Message From New Lab Director Mike Witherell

As I begin my tenure, I want to thank you for all you have done over the past six weeks to welcome me. As I said at the town hall meeting, I am very excited for the opportunity to lead this great lab. I have enjoyed meeting some of the talented science and operations teams who make this work possible, and look forward to meeting the rest of you in the weeks to come. More>

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Alivisatos Legacy: Building an Ecosystem for Science and Innovation

Under the leadership of Paul Alivisatos since 2009, Berkeley Lab has greatly advanced research at the intersection of biological, energy, and environmental sciences. He has overseen infrastructure and programmatic growth, championed restructured leadership, diversity and leadership development, employee recognition, and industrial outreach. He leaves his post on March 1. More>

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FY2016 LDRD Project Awards

$25.3M was allotted to 84 projects from 179 proposals; 44 are new and 40 are continuation projects. Major initiatives focus on energy science and technology applications, novel computing technologies, or mechanistic understanding of multi-scale interactions among molecules, microbes, plants, metazoans, the abiotic environment, and their feedbacks. More>

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Hometown Newspaper Profiles Lab’s New Director

The Toledo Blade announced the appointment of Mike Witherell as the new director of Berkeley Lab in a recent article, which included many anecdotes from those who knew the Ohio native “back in the day.” For example, Witherell’s uncle said his intellectually gifted nephew, who earned his Ph.D. at the tender age of 23, was still “affable and down-to-earth.” More>

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Feb. 2 Overview of Homeland Security’s Security Science & Technology Group

Donald Kirkley of the Office of National Laboratories at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) will provide a “DHS S&T Overview” describing its mission, organization, and strategic plan. The talk runs from 11 a.m. to noon in Building 59-3101 (Wang Hall). The event provides a chance for Lab scientists to see how their research might help DHS.

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Video of Jan. 29 Town Hall With Incoming Director Now Available

Those who missed the talk with incoming director Mike Witherell can go here to view it.

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Town Hall With New Lab Director on Jan. 29; Will Be Live Streamed

Staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting with incoming Lab Director Michael Witherell from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 29. Go here to view a live stream of the event.

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