Today at Berkeley Lab

Lanzara Profiled in Moore Foundation’s ‘Beyond the Lab’

Materials scientist Alessandra Lanzara is a Moore Foundation grantee working on a cutting-edge technique called angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, or ARPES. This experimental tool gives scientists a glimpse into the secret lives of electrons and atoms, and could one day allow us to alter their properties using just a flash of light. More>

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Galtieri Adds Bay to Breakers to Her Impressive Fitness Accomplishments

Last year, Lina Galtieri of the Physics Division ran the Bay to Breakers for the first time. Not such big news, except she retired from the Lab 10 years ago after a 44-year career here as a pioneering female scientist. She came in fourth in her age group. She ran it again this year and came in eighth out of 19 in her age group. The Italian native has also climbed to Mount Everest’s base camp. More>

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DePaolo to Step Down; Energy Sciences ALD Search to Begin Soon

Don DePaolo will step down as Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences on June 30. DePaolo joined the Lab as a Faculty Scientist in 1988 and became Director of the Earth Sciences Division in 2007. He was appointed ALD for the Energy & Environmental Sciences Area in 2011. More>

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Staffers Share Bike Commuting Tips for Bay Area Bike to Work Day

Got a bike but never ride it? Consider dusting it off, because Bike to Work Day is coming to the
Bay Area this Thursday, May 12. To help you get ready we put together a list of tips with the help
of veteran bike commuters Annette Greiner (NERSC), David Brown (Physics Division), and Martin
Kunz (Advanced Light Source). More>

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Lab Recognizes Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Congress chose May for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. in 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, work done mostly by Chinese immigrants, in 1869. In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, Vik Bhatia of IT (center), Laura Chen of Protective Services (left), and Alex Kim of Physics are profiled.

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Lab’s Rosio Alvarez on List of Bay Area’s ‘Most Influential Women in Business’

The April 29 issue of the San Francisco Business Times included Rosio Alvarez on its list of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business. When asked about her proudest professional accomplishment, she answered: “Every day I proudly provide high-level technical solutions to scientists who are solving the most pressing challenges facing the world.” More>

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New Lab Employee Concerns Program Manager Appointed

Vicki Laden previously served as the associate director of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination at UC San Francisco, supervising Title IX investigations. More>

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Researcher Uses Her Expertise to Help Women Grow Food in Zimbabwe

The women in Mazvihwa grow their vegetables near the river to irrigate the crops, but they must carry buckets down the steep riverbanks to fill them and then back up 30-foot slopes with the buckets on their heads. Naama Raz-Yaseef of the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division is helping them develop a more efficient watering system. More>

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Postdoc Bikes to Work for Convenience and Exercise

Even though he has a car, Antoine Wojdyla, a postdoc in the Materials Sciences Division, prefers
to bike from his West Berkeley home to the Lab. “Biking to work gives me energy in the morning.
And because you can go anywhere with a bike, it’s very convenient,” he says. More>

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Engineering Division’s Joe Silber Finds Purpose in Writing

Joe Silber works on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) by day and writes ethereal, poetic fiction by night. He recently self-published a new book called “Gudhal,” which begins with the birth of matter. More>

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