Posts Tagged ‘People’

PBD Director Adam Arkin Wins 2013 Lawrence Award

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Adam Arkin — director of the Physical Biosciences Division and a leading authority on the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and their application to systems and synthetic biology — has received a 2013 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award. The award, the Department of Energy’s highest scientific honor, recognizes Arkin “for his work advancing biological and environmental sciences.” Arkin’s research has focused on developing the physical theory, computational tools and experimental approaches for understanding the cellular processes that are critical to life. The goal is to provide a framework that will facilitate the design and engineering of new functions and behaviors in cells through synthetic and systems biology. More>

10 Questions for OCFO’s Victor Lorincz

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Victor Lorincz conducts “Work for Others” accounting in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and has worked at the Lab for 14 years.

Q: What is your proudest moment on the job?
A: Whenever someone at the Lab wins a Nobel Prize

Q: Why do you like science?
A: How interconnected it is

Q: Who is your science hero?
A: Isaac Newton

Q: Where were you born?
A: Transylvania

Q: What is your cultural heritage?
A: Hungarian

Q: How are you involved with your community?
A: I drive elderly people to concerts

Q: Who/what inspires you?
A: Hope in a better future for all

Q: What are the top three things on your bucket list?
A: More travel, stay healthy, start a business

Q: What famous person would you most like to meet?
A: Paul Erdős

Q: What saying best reflects your outlook on life?
A: Keep an open mind

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AFRD’s Schenkel Participates in Kavli Roundtable on Future of Silicon

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Thomas Schenkel imageThomas Schenkel of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division was among several experts who participated in a roundtable discussion on “The Next Life of Silicon,” hosted by the Kavli Foundation. The panelists looked at such topics as other electrical properties that could be exploited in silicon, its role in quantum computing, how silicon compares to other materials, and possible breakthroughs in the coming years. Schenkel’s research group is developing technologies to build quantum computers, in which silicon would play a role. More>

Lab’s Michael Wehner Discusses IPCC Reports on Climate Change on KPFA-FM Talk Show

Friday, April 11th, 2014

KPFA logoOn Monday, April 7, Michael Wehner of the Lab’s Computational Research Division appeared on KPFA’s show, Letters & Politics, to discuss the latest from the IPCC climate reports. Wehner was a lead author on one report that came out in late-2013. Wehner’s interview begins at about the 6:00 minute mark in the show.

10 Questions for Life Sciences’ Susan Tsutakawa

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Susan Tsutakawa is a researcher in the Life Sciences Division and has worked at the Lab for 14 years.

Q: What is your proudest moment on the job?
A: When I was involved in the structural analysis of Flap Endonuclease. There was a model on how this protein recognized its substrate, but some of the biochemistry was inconsistent with this model. The structure showed us a new model for recognition that was much more clever than anyone had ever considered.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working the Lab?
A: That I’m paid to learn.

Q: Why do you like science?
A: I love new discoveries of mechanisms for how things work, particularly when they are contrary to current models

Q: Who is your science hero?
A: Jim Wells for making that protein that cuts (protease) into a protein that puts things back together (protein ligase).

Q: Where were you born and/or raised?
A: Raised in Missouri

Q: What is your cultural background?
A: Japanese American

Q: How do you connect with your cultural heritage?
A: What I read, the things I eat, and making ceramics

Q: How are you involved with your community?
A: I like to visit schools as a female scientist, to show the kids how much fun science experiments are

Q: Who/what inspires you?
A: Nelson Mandela, for making education as a means to elevate yourself, even if you are in a prison work camp

Q: What saying best reflects your outlook on life?
A: If you are not in the game, you will never win

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Engineering Magazine Gives EETD’s Selkowitz Excellence Award

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The editors of Engineering News-Record magazine have given Stephen Selkowitz the 2014 Award of Excellence “for relentlessly working to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings and for moving the nation toward better building performance, as well as for being the master of commercializing energy-efficient building technologies and the mastermind of FLEXLAB,” the Facility for Low-Energy eXperimens in Buildings located at Berkeley Lab. More>

Chemical Scientist Rebecca Abergel Named Top 10 Innovator Under 35

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Rebecca Abergel of the Chemical Sciences Division was named one of the top 10 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review, French edition. Abergel, who heads the Bioactinide Group, is leading development of a pill to decontaminate people in the event of radiation exposure, such as after a “dirty bomb” attack or an accident at a nuclear power plant. The nominations were open to both French citizens and foreigners residing in France. The winners of the regional competitions automatically become candidates for the global list of top 35 innovators under 35. Go here for more (article is in French).

UC Berkeley’s International House Honors Ashok Gadgil as Alumni of the Year

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Environmental Energy Technologies Division Director Ashok Gadgil has been honored by UC Berkeley’s International House as Alumni of the Year. He shares the recognition with philanthropist Wendy Schmidt. Gadgil lived at International House in the 1970s. “Living at International House is a kind of experimental laboratory where over lunch or doing laundry new relationships and new ideas can spark at any moment. It is a special place with its own remarkable energy.” Gadgil and Schmidt will receive their award at a gala fundraiser on April 10. More>

Tech Transfer Gets New Leader, New Name

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

It has a new name and a new leader. What was once known as the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management Office at Berkeley Lab will now be known as the Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO). And leading the new effort will be Elsie Quaite-Randall, the Lab’s new Chief Technology Transfer Officer. Quaite-Randall comes to Berkeley Lab after seven years as Executive Director for the Industry Liaison Office at McMaster University in Canada. More>

10 Questions for Nuclear Science’s Azriel Goldschmidt

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Azriel Goldschmidt conducts research on particle physics detectors in the Nuclear Science Division and has worked at the Lab for 15 years.

Q: What is your proudest moment on the job?
A: Achieving in a successful group effort the best energy resolution in xenon detectors at high pressure

Q: What do you enjoy most about working the Lab?
A: Team effort, good vibe, and constructive interactions between group members. Plus the very intellectually stimulating atmosphere.

Q: Why do you like science?
A: it is one of my ways of appreciating the world’s beauty and feeling part of it.

Q: Who is your science hero?
A: Anyone who makes real breakthroughs while being a nice, approachable, whole, giving person. One example: Saul Perlmultter.

Q: Where were you born and/or raised?
A: Raised in Argentina.

Q: What is your cultural heritage?
A: Latin-American/Jewish

Q: What are your favorite activities outside of work?
A: Parenting and singing and dancing to Flamenco music.

Q: How are you involved with your community?
A: Volunteering in school and other activities. Giving outreach science talks when there is an opportunity.

Q: What famous person would you most like to meet?
A: Gandhi.

Q: What saying best reflects your outlook on life?
A: Who is wise? The one who learns from every person. Who is rich? The one who appreciates what he has. Both are from Pirkei Avot.

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