Today at Berkeley Lab

2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Has Berkeley Lab Roots

The research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) that earned Arthur McDonald this year’s Nobel Prize in physics has roots at Berkeley Lab. Under the leadership of physicist Kevin Lesko, members of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Divisions played key roles in SNO’s design and construction and later provided critical data analysis. More>

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Nobel Prize in Physics for Neutrino Research at SNO

Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald received the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering that neutrinos have mass. McDonald conducted his research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). The Lab’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Divisions played a major role in the design and construction of SNO, and collaborated scientifically. More>

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In Memoriam: Retired Engineering Technician Mario Cepeda

Cepeda was a mechanical technician in the Engineering Division. He passed away on Sept. 5. Cepeda started with the Lab in 1976 and retired last year. A celebration of Cepeda’s life will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Music Lovers, 2116 Blake St. in Berkeley.

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WiSE Computing Workshop at UC Davis August 17-18

This is Software Carpentry’s latest workshop for those in science, engineering, and related fields who identify as women, female, or on the non-binary spectrum. The program will teach computing skills to help researchers be more productive and effective. While the event is currently sold out, seats will be released soon. Go here to get added to wait list.

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Kem Robinson to Lead Project Management Office

Robinson will step down as director of Engineering Division to serve as Project Management Officer full time, effective August 1. He has managed the PMO while simultaneously serving as division director since 2012. The change was made to better assure the success of existing and anticipated major capital and science projects. More>

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Kem Robinson on Recognizing Diversity in All Its Forms

Engineering Division Director Kem Robinson talks about why it’s important to understand diversity in its fullest extent. Read his story in the latest in the Panorama series of the Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. More>

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Making the Portable Gamma Camera

The end of the Cold War and the cancellation of the Superconducting Super Collider led to the creation of this life-saving medical device. Berkeley Lab’s Steve Holland and William Moses were an integral part of that development. More>

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Three Berkeley Lab Veterans Share Their Stories

Stephanie Collins of Environment, Health and Safety, served as an electrical safety officer for the Navy, Michael Elmore of the IT Division was an electronics technician during the Vietnam War, and Alex Gavidia of Engineering served with a civil engineering unit in the Air Force. Hear how their training in the armed services helped them procure positions at the Lab. More>

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Engineering’s Neal Hartman Pens Article on ‘Who Really Found Higgs Boson’

The discovery of the Higgs boson two years ago is by any standards an epochal, genius achievement. What is less clear is who, exactly, the genius is. An obvious candidate is Peter Higgs. But does this mean that he was a genius? Peter Jenni, one of the founders of the ATLAS Experiment, hesitates when asked the question. More>

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Lab Makes Three Permanent Hires Through Project SEARCH

The NERSC, Engineering, and Physical Biosciences divisions have permanently hired employees through Project SEARCH, which provides job training to individuals with developmental disabilities. Lab managers interested in participating can contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Entry-level positions beyond administrative roles can be explored. More>

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