Today at Berkeley Lab

Computing Sciences Administrator Tara White Passes Away

White, who served as administrator for ALD Kathy Yelick for the last three years, died unexpectedly on Jan. 31. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at World Assembly in Oakland. More>

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Laser Inventor and Nobelist Charles Townes Dies

The UC Berkeley emeritus professor passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the age of 99. He shared the 1964 Nobel Prize for inventing the laser and pioneering its use in astronomy. Townes was also affiliated with Berkeley Lab. In addition to numerous prizes, he wrote a seminal paper in 1966 on “The Convergence of Science and Religion.” More>

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In Memoriam: EETD’s Tihomir (Tica) Novakov (1929-2015)

Novakov, a Serbian-American physicist, passed away as a result of natural causes at the age of 85 on Jan. 2. He was a distinguished member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a Senior Scientist with Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. More>

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A ‘Celebration of Life’ Event for ALS Retiree Bob Miller

The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Albany Tap Room. Miller, who passed away in October, was a long-time Lab employee and Advanced Light Source staff member. He retired from the Lab in 2000. Contact Gerard Menut for more information. Go here for a remembrance of Miller.

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In Memoriam: CSD Retiree Angela Gill-Johnson (1947-2014)

Gill served as the deputy director for operations for the Chemical Sciences Division before her retirement in 2013, after 15 years with the Lab. She passed away on Nov. 7 while traveling with friends in Taiwan. Go here to read a remembrance written by her CSD colleagues.

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In Memoriam: Retired Chemist Robert Connick (1917-2014)

Hired by UC Berkeley in 1943, he worked on the Manhattan Project, studying the chemistry of plutonium and devising separation techniques. In 1974 he became a principal investigator at Berkeley Lab, retiring in 1988. More>

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AAAS Creates Memorial Fund for Former Lab Director Andy Sessler

The fund was established by a donation from Sessler’s children to support the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law program. Sessler was a longtime leading public advocate for human rights and intellectual freedom. More>

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In Memoriam: Former NCEM Director Kenneth Westmacott (1930-2014)

Westmacott — who passed away on July 30 at the age of 84 — led NCEM from 1986-1992, which he helped establish as “an open and supportive facility with world-class instrumentation and research” as a shared source for the scientific community. More>

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In Memoriam: Former JGI Postdoc Falk Warnecke

Falk Warnecke — a postdoctoral fellow at JGI’s Microbial Ecology Program from March 2005 until June 2009 — died on July 15. He was 42. Warnecke was first author on the termite hindgut metagenome paper that appeared in Nature. More>

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In Memoriam: NSD Chemist Heino Nitsche (1949 -2014)

Senior scientist passed away unexpectedly on Monday evening. His research focused on the synthesis and chemistry of superheavy elements. Nitsche served as a professor in UC Berkeley’s Chemistry Department and was the leader of the Nuclear Science Division’s Heavy Element Group. More>

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