Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Staffer Shares Her Joy of Carpooling in New ‘Commuter Chronicles’ Series

Patricia Jung (right) of Chemical Sciences used to commute alone from San Rafael to Berkeley. She didn’t like the stress of driving in traffic, so one day she tried out carpooling, and has never looked back. “I really appreciate having the extra energy to devote to my family after work,” says Jung. More>

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Henrik von der Lippe Named Engineering Division Director

Housed within the Physical Sciences Area, the Engineering Division is comprised of more than 250 technicians, machinists, engineers, and administrators, who support scientific endeavors at the Lab, as well as build specialized instrumentation for other national labs. Von der Lippe has served as acting director since August of 2015.
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From Near-Dropout to Ph.D., Scientist is at Forefront of Biofuels Revolution

To see JBEI biochemist Ee-Been Goh in the lab, figuring out how to rewire bacteria to produce biofuels, one would never guess she was once so uninterested in school that she barely made it through junior high. Goh has been lead author on two publications on methyl ketones, one of the most promising biofuels at JBEI. More>

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ETA’s Srinivasan Goes to Washington

Berkeley Lab’s Venkat Srinivasan recently traveled to Washington, D.C., in his role as Deputy Director of R&D for DOE’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. Srinivasan, with JCESR Director George Crabtree, briefed members & staff of the California Congressional delegation on JCESR’s progress to date. Srinivasan also spoke about the success of CalCharge.

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U.S. Ambassador to China Visits Berkeley Lab

Ambassador Max Sieben Baucus visited the Lab on March 10, and met with Director Mike Witherell and members of the China Energy Group in the Energy Technologies Area. He also toured the FLEXLAB test-bed facility. More>

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New Science Writers Join Public Affairs

Glenn Roberts Jr. and Sarah Yang both come with years of experience at universities, news outlets, and national labs. Yang worked in UC Berkeley’s Public Affairs Office for 14 years, while Roberts most recently served as a science communications specialist for SLAC. More>

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