Today at Berkeley Lab

Carpool or Vanpool? Staffer from Petaluma Manages to Do Both

Marty White, the Division Safety Coordinator for the Lab’s Physics and Nuclear Science divisions, first started vanpooling in 1974, shortly after she started her first job out of college. Today, she vanpools three to four times a week and carpools once a week from the North Bay to Berkeley. More>

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Inder Monga Named Director of ESnet

Monga, an internationally recognized expert in advanced networking research, is the new executive director of the Energy Sciences Network, better known as ESnet. He will also assume the role of director of the Lab’s Scientific Networking Division, which manages ESnet. Monga, who has been acting director since March, is the fifth person to lead ESnet in its 30-year history. More>

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Ignacio Tinoco’s 59 Years in Chemistry Profiled

Tinoco (an affiliate in the Biosciences Area) has been a pioneer in many fields, but he is most known for his invaluable contribution to the study of RNA folding. He has taught in UC Berkeley’s chemistry department for 59 years. More>

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Don DePaolo: A Career Retrospective After 38 Years of Service

Lab Director Mike Witherell noted that DePaolo is first a great scientist, recognized for his contributions in geochemistry, an accomplished mentor who has helped develop geoscientists who have gone on to lead many institutions, and done an enormous amount in several leadership roles to build Berkeley Lab into the superb research institution it is today. More>

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Bissell Honored by Two Societies for Outstanding Achievements

The American Society for Cell Biology is honoring Mina Bissell (Biosciences) with their highest scientific honor, the E.B. Wilson Medal, for her lifetime contributions to cell biology. Earlier, Bissell received an honorary medal from the Signal Transduction Society (STS) & STS Journal Cell Communication and Signaling (CSS) in Weimar, Germany. More>

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Amit Kothari Takes a Balanced Approach to Commuting

Amit Kothari, the Lab’s senior manager of Transportation & Parking, tried five commute options
in five days for his 64-mile roundtrip commute from Dublin: driving alone, carpooling, taking
BART, riding the Lab shuttles, and telecommuting. In this latest issue of the Commuter Chronicles, Kothari shares the results of his week-long experiment.

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DePaolo Retirement Party on June 24

Don DePaolo, the ALD for the Energy Sciences Area, is retiring after 28 years with the Lab. To honor his career, a celebration is being held on Friday, June 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria.

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EESA’s Coates Appointed Academic Director for EBI

Chris Somerville, Academic Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), will step-down at the end of June. John Coates has agreed to serve in that role, effective July 1. Coates has been an EBI investigator since 2008 and has served for several years as a member of the EBI Executive Committee. His major area of interest is geomicrobiology applied to environmental problems.

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Xiang Zhang to Step Down as Materials Sciences Division Director July 1

Xiang Zhang will step down as director of the Materials Sciences Division (MSD) on July 1 after serving two years in the position. He will continue his teaching and research efforts as a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and a faculty member at UC Berkeley. Peter Fischer, the current deputy director of MSD, will serve as acting director of MSD effective July 1.

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Carl Steefel Appointed EESA’s New Geochemistry Department Head

Carl Steefel is recognized as a world leader in the development of multicomponent reactive transport simulation approaches and their application for predicting pore-through-watershed scale processes that are important for solving many earth and environmental challenges. His appointment is effective August 1, 2016. More>

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