Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Paul Alivisatos to Step Down as Lab Director

The director will leave his position once a successor can be recruited to lead the Lab. Alivisatos will return to his research and teaching activities as a senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division and as a faculty member on the UC Berkeley campus. More>

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Instagram Takover Shows Day-in-the-Life of Physics Intern

Particle detection simulations, a Daya Bay group meeting, a lunchtime spinach salad, and awe-inspiring Bay views were part of a recent day in the life of intern Akaxia Cruz, a University of Colorado graduate working in the Physics Division this spring. Interested in setting up a “takeover” for your group? Contact Kelly Owen for more information.

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Passion for Promoting Lab Via Social Media, Disc Golf Drives Kelly Owen

A breast cancer diagnosis prompted the Public Affairs staffer to shift her career from promoting car racing on Fox Sports to the Lab’s research, which actually “makes a difference.” She also took up competitive disc golf, a game with less rough contact than her previous sport…co-ed flag football. More>

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MSD’s Alice Muller-Egan Gets Behind the Camera to Direct a Short Film

“Wall of Barbies” explores the relationship of two women, who have been friends since childhood, as their lives move in different directions. The movie includes quite a few Lab employees who played extras. Muller-Egan is hoping the film will debut during the Fall film festival season. More>

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Quest for Speed Leads CRD’s Ibrahim to Accelerating Supercomputing Applications

As a boy growing up in Egypt, Khaled Ibrahim was fascinated with learning about the things that were the fastest, strongest or biggest, whether it was a car, a horse or even a camel. His dream was to harness that speed. More>

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Life Sciences Division’s Eva Nogales Wins Protein Society Award

The Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award recognizes exceptional contributions in protein science that profoundly influence our understanding of biology. Nogales has played a central role in the development and implementation of electron crystallography and single particle electron microscopy reconstruction. More>

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