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Lab Holiday Party on Dec. 20

The Lab Directorate invites employees to join with their colleagues to celebrate the holidays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria’s dining hall on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be provided. Festive attire is encouraged. The cafeteria will close at 1 p.m. that day.

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Lab Hosts Strategic Growth Council Discussion of Draft Research Plan

On Monday, Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell hosted leaders of California’s Strategic Growth Council and Bay Area universities and national labs to discuss the Council’s draft plan governing $11 million in climate- and energy-related research funding. The new program represents the first time that California’s greenhouse gas reduction fund revenues will be used to support research. More>

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Lab Launches Early Career Development LDRDs, and Early Career Enrichment Program

Berkeley Lab is launching two efforts to help early career scientists further their research at the Lab, and to bring together a diverse group of scientists at a formative state in their careers. More>

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Peter Denes to Speak at Nov. 29 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Peter Denes, of the Laboratory Directorate, will speak on “Electrons, Photons, Neurons: Probing Minds, Seeing Small” on Nov. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Lab Donates to CSU East Bay Institute to Support K-12 STEM Outreach

The Lab has donated $15,000 to the California State University East Bay Institute for STEM Education’s Centers for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaborative Learning (CIRCLe) Labs program. Sponsored by the Lab’s Government and Community Relations office, this marks the second annual “signature” contribution to an organization that shares the Lab’s values. More>

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Veterans Receive ‘Challenge Coin’ at Fourth Annual Appreciation Luncheon

In partnership with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office, the Directorate hosted the Lab’s annual appreciation luncheon for veterans on Nov. 8. Employees from various branches of the military, including veterans in the DOE Berkeley Site Office, were invited to attend. As part of a military tradition, veterans received a “challenge coin” as a token of appreciation. More>

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Working Groups Formed to Address BERAC Grand Challenges

The Oct. 16 Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) Grand Challenges Visioning Workshop was attended by 77 people from across the Lab. As a result of discussion that day, five groups were formed to develop program ideas that address the Grand Challenges in the BERAC draft report. Lab staff are invited to participate, regardless of workshop attendance. More>

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Recent Lab Workshop Explores Quantum Information Science

On Oct. 25, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists gathered for a daylong workshop focused on enhancing connections across the Berkeley community related to quantum information science (QIS). Quantum computing could help solve some of science’s hardest problems in chemistry, materials, and other disciplines. More than two dozen talks were presented. More>

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‘Women in Science’ Lectures Debut With Doudna-Palca Interview

Please join us for a conversation between Berkeley Lab researcher Jennifer Doudna and NPR science correspondent Joe Palca on Monday, Nov. 20, at 1:15 p.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. The event is the first in the Director’s Distinguished Women in Science speaker series, a venue for women scientists to share their work and perspectives with the Lab community. The event will be streamed live at streaming.lbl.gov. More>

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Video of Christof Koch Lecture Now Available

Those who missed the Oct. 26 lecture by Christof Koch on “Big Science, Team Science, Open Science for Neuroscience” can view a recording of the presentation here. Koch, a neuroscientist best known for his work on the neural bases of consciousness, is chief scientist and president of the Allen Institute.

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