Today at Berkeley Lab

Barbara Jacak Inducted Into ARCS Hall of Fame

The Alumni Hall of Fame honors ARCS scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and to increase our nation’s scientific competitiveness. ARCS provides financial support to undergrad and grad students in science. Jacak was an ARCS scholar from the class of 1975. More>

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Doudna Among ‘Most Influential Women’ in Bay Area Business

Physical bioscientist Jennifer Doudna has been named one of the most influential women in Bay Area business by the San Francisco Business Times. Asked how to help women in business, she says: “Follow your passion and never ever give up.” More>

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects New Members

Four Berkeley Lab-affiliated researchers have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy has announced. The 197 new academy members include “the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists and civic, business and philanthropic leaders,” among them winners of the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; and Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony awards.The new lab-affiliated members include Carlos Bustamante, John Clarke, John Hartwig, and Enrique Iglesia.

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Molecular Foundry’s Francesca Morabito Leads New Italian Society

The Molecular Foundry’s Francesca Morabito is the new Director of Academic and Networking Activities at the newly formed Italian Society at UC Berkeley. The group promotes Italian culture in the UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab.

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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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Lab Staff Participate in ‘Small Act-Big Impact’ Earth Day Campaign

Branden Brough of the Molecular Foundry commutes to work in an electric vehicle, and Linda Vu (pictured) of Computing composts and recycles. These small acts were featured on the Lab’s Twitter feed as part of Los Alamos Lab’s “My Small Act” Earth Day campaign.

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Jennifer Tang Named New Manager of Federal and External Relations

In this newly created position, Tang will help expand and advance the Lab’s outreach to federal government stakeholders and work with regional and state-wide organizations to build their third party support for the Lab in Washington, DC. She formerly worked as a senior field representative in the state office of Senator Barbara Boxer.

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Ray Turner on Discovering Why Diversity Matters

JGI Operations Manager Ray Turner talks about how his view of diversity has shifted, from growing up in a small town in Utah to running operations at the Joint Genome Institute. Read his story in the latest in the Panorama series of the Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. More>

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Former Berkeley Lab Plant Engineer Still Serving the Public at Age 93

Ted Kuntz worked at the Lab from 1960 to 1966 and led a massive upgrade of the Building 51/Bevatron foundation and roof shielding, construction of the Centennial Drive from the overpass, and construction of Buildings 50A, 72A, 66, 76 and 77. He was also present for President Kennedy’s visit to the Lab in 1962. He now volunteers for the CHP. More>

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Throwback Thursday…Life Scientist Mina Bissell Circa 1972

Famed breast cancer researcher Mina Bissell at the new Tissue Culture Facility in 1972.

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