Rachel Lance received a Hero Card from a colleague after he heard her recount how she reported a tripping hazard in a heavily used elevator to a safety professional, and it was promptly fixed. Lance’s Hero Card was entered into the Lab’s quarterly Safety Culture raffle, and she came up a winner. More>
Richardson, a former postdoc at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, presented a talk on the realities and promise of synthetic biology and gene editing. The conference celebrates the power of design, technology, and business to drive global change. Watch>
Postdocs Sinead Griffin (Materials Sciences) and Ruimin Qiao (Advanced Light Source) represented the Lab at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. Griffen discussed exploring science from high-energy physics to condensed matter, while Qiao talked about researching materials for energy applications. The event features on-stage conversations, music, dance, and workshops.
As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month we profile Newton Nguyen, a research associate in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division. Diagnosed with a degenerative vision condition when he was five, Nguyen is legally blind but says his disability has helped him better understand other peoples’ perspectives and broaden his own thinking. More>
David Robin has been named Advanced Light Source Upgrade Project Director, and Fernando Sannibale will head ALS Accelerator Physics. An Accelerator Modeling Program has been created, headed by Jean-Luc Vay. Soren Prestemon takes over the Berkeley Center for Magnet Technology as Steve Gourlay becomes Program Director for the new U.S. Magnet Development Program. More>
President Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference on Oct. 13, which brought together top innovators to discuss advances in science and technology. Lab researchers Etosha Cave and Peidong Yang participated in the panel on Global Frontiers to discuss climate change and the clean energy revolution.
A search committee for her successor has been identified and will soon be interviewing candidates, with a replacement to be announced in three to four months. Ellen Ford, senior advisor to COO Glenn Kubiak, will serve as HR and Diversity Officer until a replacement is found. Michelle Flynn will serve as acting COO senior advisor during that time. Go here for a message from Kubiak.
A new planetarium show, produced in part by Berkeley Lab’s Michael Barnett, is designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter, which we have so far detected only through its gravitational effects. More>
Eva Nogales, a faculty structural biologist in the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division, has been named 2016 Porter Lecturer by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). The lecture is named for Keith Porter, a pioneer in the use of electron microscopy in biology and one of the founders of ASCB. More>
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Today, 55 million people or 17% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin, representing a significant increase from 2000, when it was 35.3 million or 13%. We profile Deirdre Olynick of the Molecular Foundry, Zaida McCunney of NERSC, and Carlos Lopez of IT.