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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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Lev Ruzer, EETD Affiliate and Editor of the Aerosol Handbook, Dies

Lev Ruzer, an affiliate with EETD’s Indoor Environment Group for 24 years, has passed away. Ruzer was editor of the Aerosol Handbook: Measurement, Dosimetry, and Health Effects. The 2nd edition was published when he was 90. More>

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Physicist Bruno Zumino, an Architect of Supersymmetry, Dies at 91

Physics Division researcher passed away on June 22. Supersymmetry, developed in the early 1970s at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) by Zumino and Julius Wess, was conceived to explain particle interactions involving three of the four main forces in nature. More>

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In Memoriam: Nuclear Chemist Frank Asaro

Contributor to Alvarez dinosaur extinction theory died on June 10. More>

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In Memoriam: Engineer Chris Ramsey (1965-2014)

Chris Ramsey, an engineer who worked on programs in the Life Sciences, Materials Sciences, and Nuclear Science Divisions, passed away on April 19 after a brief bout with cancer. He was 49 years old. He was a member of the Life Sciences Radiotracer Development and Imaging Technologies group and the Materials Sciences Scintillator Discovery and Development group. He joined the Lab in 2000. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (1 Lawson Road, Kensington, CA). Go here to read a remembrance written by his colleagues.

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In Memoriam: EETD’s Carmen Escobar (1960-2014)

Carmen Escobar, and administrator in EETD’s Building Technology and Urban Systems Department, passed away on May 10. She was 54 years old. Escobar previously worked at the Advanced Light Source and in the Life Sciences Division before coming to EETD in 2009. She worked as a contractor from 1999 to 2003, when she became a career employee. Prior to the Lab, she worked at UC Berkeley, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in history. A private memorial was held for Escobar. Donations in her name can be made to the East Bay SPCA.

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