Today at Berkeley Lab

10 Things You Should Know About Louise Lassalle

Lassalle, a postdoc in the Biosciences Area and native of France, married into nobility, loves to play BANG, and at one time had presidential aspirations. Go here to learn more about Lassalle, who is currently researching a protein that transforms water into oxygen. Are there 10 things we should know about you, or someone you work with? If so, send an email to communications@lbl.gov.

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Lab Attorney and His Daughter Pen and Paint a New Book on Birds

Looking for a project to do together over last year’s holiday break, Robin Chiang of the Innovations & Partnerships Office and his daughter Rosalie collaborated on the book “A is for Albatross: Birds A-Z.” Robin drew the birds and Rosalie wrote the text and painted the birds. The book was a big hit at the Lab’s recent Holiday Craft Fair, with both signing copies of the self-published tome. More>

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Galtieri Adds Bay to Breakers to Her Impressive Fitness Accomplishments

Last year, Lina Galtieri of the Physics Division ran the Bay to Breakers for the first time. Not such big news, except she retired from the Lab 10 years ago after a 44-year career here as a pioneering female scientist. She came in fourth in her age group. She ran it again this year and came in eighth out of 19 in her age group. The Italian native has also climbed to Mount Everest’s base camp. More>

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Veteran Physicists Pursue Their Passion Into Retirement

The Lab’s Physics Division recently held a celebration of its most senior scientists, whose combined years of research total more than 1,000 years. Writer Keri Troutman sat down with three of them — (l-r) Herbert Steiner, Geoffrey Chew, and John Kadyk — to talk about their lives and times at Berkeley Lab and in the world of physics. More>

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Systems Engineer by Day, KALX DJ by Night

Shreyas “DJ Shrey” Cholia of the Computational Research Division and NERSC spins his unique blend of Bollywood, electronica, and garage-indie pop, for the UC Berkeley radio station every other Tuesday night. “I like finding music that crosses over from one genre to another; I’m not someone who likes to pigeon-hole myself.” More>

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Facilities Director Reva Nickelson Enjoys Challenge of Supporting Science

It’s been a year since Nickelson, one of the few women in this male-dominated field, came on board after 24 years as director of facilities at Idaho National Lab. “I love working in this field because nothing is the same,” she says. “I work well under pressure.” More>

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Three Questions for ETA Researcher Marca Doeff

Doeff works in the Energy Technology Area’s Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division, was motivated to pursue science from an inspirational high school teacher, and is researching materials to improve electric car batteries. Go here to read Doeff’s complete answers, which were posted on the Lab’s Facebook page last week.

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Instagram Takover Shows Day-in-the-Life of Physics Intern

Particle detection simulations, a Daya Bay group meeting, a lunchtime spinach salad, and awe-inspiring Bay views were part of a recent day in the life of intern Akaxia Cruz, a University of Colorado graduate working in the Physics Division this spring. Interested in setting up a “takeover” for your group? Contact Kelly Owen for more information.

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Passion for Promoting Lab Via Social Media, Disc Golf Drives Kelly Owen

A breast cancer diagnosis prompted the Public Affairs staffer to shift her career from promoting car racing on Fox Sports to the Lab’s research, which actually “makes a difference.” She also took up competitive disc golf, a game with less rough contact than her previous sport…co-ed flag football. More>

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MSD’s Alice Muller-Egan Gets Behind the Camera to Direct a Short Film

“Wall of Barbies” explores the relationship of two women, who have been friends since childhood, as their lives move in different directions. The movie includes quite a few Lab employees who played extras. Muller-Egan is hoping the film will debut during the Fall film festival season. More>

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