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Tech Institute Gives Posthumous Achievement Award to Former Lab Researcher

As part of its annual alumni awards, the Illinois Institute of Technology posthumously bestowed its lifetime achievement award to Robert Bragg (scroll to seventh entry). . In 1969, Bragg accepted a joint appointment with Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. At the time, he was one of only six African American faculty members on campus. He passed away last October at the age of 98. More>

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Lab’s Smoot and Bousso Quoted on Death of Stephen Hawking

Lab physicist George Smoot, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, said Hawking’s contributions were original and far-reaching, reframing ideas about the origins of the universe and the nature of time and space. Raphael Bousso, a Lab physicist and former student of Hawking, was quoted in a New York Times obituary on the March 14 passing of the scientist at age 76.

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In Memoriam: Maria Elena Garcia (1937-2018)

Former Lab employee Maria Elena Garcia passed away on March 7; she was 80 years old. She worked in the Director’s Office for 37 years in support of three Lab directors — Andy Sessler, Dave Shirley, and Chuck Shank — until she retired on April 5, 1997. Garcia’s service will take place on Friday, March 16, at 5 p.m., at St. Joseph Cemetery and Funeral Center.

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Biosciences Affiliate Stephen Holbrook Passes Away

Holbrook died August 12 at age 68. Holbrook joined the Lab in 1979 and retired in 2012. He shared an office with his wife Libby, also a Biosciences affiliate. Holbrook researched nucleic acid crystal structures, protein structures, prediction of novel RNA’s, and protein complexes. He received a DOE mentor award in 2004. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 4. More>

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Former Lab Physicist Jerry Nelson Passes Away; Symposium Planned

Nelson was a pioneer in the design and development of segmented mirrors that enabled a new generation of large-scale telescopes. He died at his home in Santa Cruz on June 10. He was 73. A July 13-14 symposium that was already planned for Nelson, professor emeritus at UC Santa Cruz, will now serve as a memorial celebration. More>

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Mars Research by Pimentel Recognized With National Historic Landmark

The American Chemical Society honored George Pimentel’s development of the Mars Infrared Spectrometer with a plaque in the lobby of UC Berkeley’s Pimentel Hall. The spectrometers were used on the NASA spacecrafts Mariner 6 and 7. In addition to being an associate director at the Lab, Pimentel was a longtime Cal professor, teaching freshman chemistry until just before he died in 1989. More>

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Former Rad Lab Researcher Harold Weaver Dies at Age 99

Weaver, a pioneer of radio astronomy who discovered the first microwave laser, passed away on April 26. A UC Berkeley professor emeritus, Weaver worked on isotope separation at the “Rad Lab,” Berkeley Lab’s predecessor on campus, as part of the Manhattan Project. More>

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Global Cool Cities Alliance Establishes Arthur Rosenfeld Award

The award was established to honor the legacy and impact of Rosenfeld’s advocacy for cooler buildings, cooler cities, and a cooler planet. Rosenfeld, who passed away in January, was a founder of the alliance. Also, the California Energy Commission recently created a video commemorating Rosenfeld’s life.

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Tang Prize Foundation Dedicates Film to Art Rosenfeld

Rosenfeld, who passed away earlier this year, received the Tang Prize for Sustainable Development in 2016 for his many contributions to energy conservation. The Tang Prize Foundation made this documentary film, titled “The Godfather of Energy Efficiency” to honor Rosenfeld’s legacy. Watch>

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State Legislators Adjourn Senate, Assembly in Memory of Art Rosenfeld

During the adjournment last week, Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond cited Rosenfeld’s pioneering work to establish the Lab as a leader in energy efficiency research, his service on the Energy Commission, and the “Rosenfeld Effect” that’s kept California’s per capita electricity consumption flat since the 1970s. Watch Skinner’s remarks here, and Thurmond’s here.

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