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Kathy Yelick Named to Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame

Kathy Yelick, the Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, has been named to the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame for her leadership in science, technology and engineering. Twelve women, each representing a different field, were named as 2017 inductees. More>

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Berkeley Lab Marks African American History Month

What started as Negro History Week in 1925 was expanded to a month in 1976. President Gerald Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” To mark African American History Month, Lab employees Steve Wilson, LaTonja Wright, and Edson Okwelum are featured.

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Romy Chakraborty is EESA’s New Ecology Department Head

Romy Chakraborty, a research scientist with a background in anaerobic microbial physiology and microbial ecology, will lead EESA’s Ecology Department. Her research activities extend across the Lab on projects such as ENIGMA, Watershed Function SFA, ARPA-E Methylase Project and urban agriculture. Chakraborty also studied the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill. More>

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Kubiak Named Deputy Director of Operations

Director Witherell has named Glenn Kubiak Deputy Director of Operations. Kubiak’s previous title was Associate Lab Director and Chief Operating Officer. Witherell said the change was made “to align his title with the scope of his job and the way the central leadership team operates.” This structure was in place in years past. Go here for a message from the Director.

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Industrial Biotechnology Leader Selected as New JGI Director

Nigel Mouncey, currently with Dow AgroSciences, has been named the JGI Director. The announcement follows a national search in which a committee convened by Biosciences ALD Jay Keasling and led by Richard Myers of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, carefully evaluated 75 candidates for the Director position. More>

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Lab Attorney and His Daughter Pen and Paint a New Book on Birds

Looking for a project to do together over last year’s holiday break, Robin Chiang of the Innovations & Partnerships Office and his daughter Rosalie collaborated on the book “A is for Albatross: Birds A-Z.” Robin drew the birds and Rosalie wrote the text and painted the birds. The book was a big hit at the Lab’s recent Holiday Craft Fair, with both signing copies of the self-published tome. More>

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Adel Flores Named New Chief Audit Executive

Flores will serve as the head of Internal Audit for the Lab. The position reports administratively to the Lab Director and functionally to the UC Regents. Internal Audit Services enhances and protects the Lab’s organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, audit, and investigation services. More>

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Staff Spread Holiday Cheer Around the Lab

With the holidays just around the corner, employees around the Lab are getting into the spirit of the season by festooning their offices with garland, stockings, lights, and other adornments. Have a photo you’d like to share? Email the image along with division/group name, location, and ID for employees in photo.

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Inspiring ASCB Award Essays by Mina Bissell and Eva Nogales

In two American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) award essays published in the society’s journal Molecular Biology of the Cell, Biosciences’ Mina Bissell and Eva Nogales, 2016 recipients of the society’s E. B. Wilson Medal and Keith R. Porter Lecture Award, respectively, each candidly describe their inspiring, personal journeys. More>

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For Payne, Mentoring Native American Students Means Better Science

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. We profile Christopher Payne, a researcher in the Energy Technologies Area, who is committed to mentoring Native American students and encouraging them to pursue careers in science.

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