Today at Berkeley Lab

Secretary Perry to Visit Berkeley Lab on March 27

Director Witherell will host the visit, which includes a welcome and brief introduction to Berkeley Lab in the Bldg. 50 Lobby, followed by tours of the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, NERSC, and ESnet. Employees can watch a livestreamed town hall with the secretary at 3:30 p.m. More>

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New Strategic Partnerships Office Formed

As of March 1, the Lab’s contracts officers who support non-DOE federal and non-federal work (formerly referred to as Work for Others) have been merged into a new group – the Strategic Partnerships Office – within the Lab Directorate. More>

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Director’s Message on Advances in Building Next-Gen Science Facilities

Director Witherell celebrates his two-year anniversary with the Lab and provides an update on efforts to build next-generation science facilities, including the Advanced Light Source Upgrade (ALS-U), the Integrative Genomics Building, and the LZ and DESI high-energy physics programs. He also touches on the budget process. More>

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Director Witherell Meets With Governor Brown

Director Witherell recently joined directors of California’s DOE and NASA labs in a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown. They discussed an array of topics including clean energy, climate, and water. Witherell and Associate Lab Director Susan Hubbard also met with Sen. Nancy Skinner, Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, Cal-EPA Secretary Matt Rodriguez, and others.

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MOU to Enhance Collaboration Between Lab, UC Merced

At a ceremony on Feb. 23, UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland and Lab Director Michael Witherell signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a formal partnership between the two institutions. The agreement sets terms for the appointment of joint faculty and the sharing of resources. More>

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Director’s Message on Changes to Lab Operations Team

Chief Financial Officer Kim Williams will serve as interim Deputy Lab Director for Operations until Michael Brandt begins on March 5. Minh Huebner will serve as interim CFO. Ellen Ford will return as senior advisor to the Deputy Lab Director of Operations, Jim Floyd will serve as interim Chief of the Projects and Construction Office, and Jack Salazar will serve as Interim EH&S Division Director. Michelle Flynn will join the ALS-U team providing support to the operations project manager. More>

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Message From the Director: Export Compliance Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Export control compliance has become a serious topic for universities and science laboratories. Routine daily activities at the Lab implicate export control; these include research, shipping, tech transfer, travel, IT user facilities and agreements, and processing foreign national visas. To help ensure success and compliance in this area, the Lab’s Export Control Officer Scott Fong and I need your help. More>

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Nominations Open for Employee Recognition Program

The nomination period for the 2018 Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement and the Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Awards is now open. Any Lab employee may submit a nomination. Nominations are due by April 13. Honorees will be acknowledged at an awards ceremony and reception later this year. More>

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EESA Scientists Study Next-Gen Electric Meters to Detect Seismic Risk

A research team led by Kurt Nihei of the Energy Geosciences Division has received funding through the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program to collaborate with Pacific Gas & Electric to evaluate the ability of next-generation electric meters to assess regional seismic risk. More>

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Director’s Message on Lab Efforts to Support Women in Science

Earlier this week, Director Witherell participated in the Women Scientists and Engineers Council’s annual networking event. In this message, he reflects upon the Lab’s ongoing efforts to improve the environment for women in STEM, and applauds steps taken globally to make the field of science more inclusive.

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