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Director’s Achievement Awards Announced

Carl Haber and Richard Russo received the Berkeley Lab Prize — Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards were also given for Science, Early Scientific Career, Safety, Service, Tech Transfer, Operations, Outreach, Diversity, Societal Impact, and the Berkeley Lab Citation. An awards ceremony takes place Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. All staff are invited. It will be streamed live.

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How to Help Victims of North Bay Fires

The wildfires burning throughout the North Bay and Wine Country region have claimed at least 29 lives and displaced some 20,000 people. For employees who would like to help those affected, a number of organizations are accepting financial contributions. Go here to view a list of resources.

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Director’s Message on North Bay Fires

Our thoughts go out to all those affected, our friends and neighbors, who will be rebuilding their lives in the months to come. We greatly appreciate the firefighters who are working to control the fires, and volunteers who are aiding people who have lost their homes. Staff should take heed of the EPA guidance sent by Glenn Kubiak on Wednesday with regards to air quality. More>

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2017 SHARES Charitable Giving Campaign Begins

Employees can make donations through payroll deductions, or one-off donations directly to preferred charities. Payroll deductions are not pretax, and forms are due by Nov. 14. Visit the SHARES website for more information.

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Berkeley Lab Tech Brings Nobel-Winning Cryo-EM Into Sharper Focus

Berkeley Lab played a key role in the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry, honoring the development of cryo-EM, an imaging technique that has launched the fields of structural biology and biochemistry into an exciting new era of discovery. More>

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Second State of the Lab Address on Sept. 27; Livestream Issues Corrected

A second State of the Lab presentation takes place Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. This was scheduled for those unable to view the Sept. 1 talk due to difficulties with with the livestream service. IT has addressed the issues and the Sept. 27 talk will be livestreamed here. As with the first talk, Director Witherell will take questions after his presentation. You can submit questions for consideration in advance here.

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Sept. 25 Brown Bag Talk on NAS’s Assessment of ARPA-E

Paul Beaton will present the National Academy of Sciences’ assessment of ARPA-E (2017), which provides a comprehensive view into how well the agency is meeting its mission and goals after six years of operations, and valuable insight for organizations engaged in research for energy innovation. The talk takes place Monday, Sept. 25, from noon to 1 p.m., in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54).

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Lab Hosts Oct. 16 BERAC Grand Challenges Report Workshop

Lab staff are invited to attend a daylong internal workshop on Oct. 16 in Building 59-3101 (Wang Hall), to develop new program concepts related to Grand Challenges for Biological and Environmental Research: Progress and Future Vision report. These program concepts would span multiple divisions, areas, and disciplines at the Lab and offer solutions to the outlined challenges. More>

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Director’s Message: Federal Budget Update

To provide emergency assistance in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the President passed legislation that temporarily raises the nation’s debt limit, which keeps the federal government funded at FY17 levels through Dec. 8. Though it came as a result of these catastrophic storms, this legislation removes some of the immediate uncertainty for the nation and for Berkeley Lab. More>

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Update on Director’s Sept. 1 State of the Lab Address

The Director’s State of the Lab presentation on Friday was well attended, both in person and online. Unfortunately, many people from across the Lab encountered access problems when they tried to join by video. The Lab Directorate deeply apologizes for the inconvenience, and Lab staff are working to fix these problems. A recording of the Sept. 1 presentation can be viewed here.

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