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Early Career Spotlight: CRD’s Mueller Thinks Outside the Box for Big Science

Juliane Mueller, a research scientist in the Computational Research Division, is developing an “optimization algorithm” toolset that pinpoints which variables of a “black box” simulation model will churn out the most realistic data in less time. Her work is supported by an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development Award announced last November. More>

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A Fond Farewell to Retiring CFO Kim Williams

Kim Williams was joined by colleagues, friends, and family on Oct. 4 to celebrate her retirement after 12 years with the Lab, the last six as the Chief Financial Officer. Both Lab Director Mike Witherell and Deputy Lab Director for Operations Michael Brandt gave remarks lauding her career, followed by testimonials from those who worked alongside her. View a slideshow of the event here.

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EESA Researcher Robin Lόpez Donates Marrow to Help Save a Life

“After losing my best friend to suicide, I promised myself that if I ever had the chance to save someone’s life, I would,” says Robin Lόpez, a research associate in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. The patient who benefited from Lόpez’s contribution is a 60-year-old man battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Lόpez is also very active in efforts to encourage youth to pursue careers in science. More>

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Lab Employees Recognized as American Physical Society Fellows

Congratulations to the five Berkeley Lab employees who have been elected as American Physical Society Fellows in the class of 2018. The election is based on exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise. The Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers. Also, two other employees received APS awards.  More>

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ATAP’s Eric Esarey Wins AAC Prize

At the recent Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop, Eric Esarey, senior scientific advisor of the Lab’s ATAP Division and deputy head of the BELLA Center, was awarded the AAC Prize “…for his pioneering theoretical research in the physics of laser-plasma accelerators.”
BELLA graduate student Liona-Fan Chiang was among eight winners of the Workshop’s student-poster prize. More>

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Berkeley Lab EX-Ls Retiree Reception October 4

On Thursday, Oct. 4, Lab retirees, or employees close to retirement, are invited to join Director Mike Witherell at a reception from 3 – 5 p.m in the Lab Cafeteria to honor the Lab’s retirement community. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is in partnership with the Berkeley Lab EX-Ls, Berkeley Lab, and the UC Berkeley Retirement Center. RSVP to kathy.bjornstad73@gmail.com.

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Frances Houle Elected to Board of Materials Research Society

Frances Houle, deputy director for science and research integration at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, and senior scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society (MRS). Board members are elected by MRS members from a pool of nominees who have made exceptional contributions to MRS, materials science, and other materials organizations. Houle’s three-year term begins January 1, 2019.

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Lab’s Ushizima to Speak on Machine Learning and Cancer Detection

Dani Ushizima — with the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) and the Computational Research Division’s Data Analytics and Visualization Group — has been invited to speak at the East Bay Biden Cancer Community Summit on Friday, Sept. 21. Ushizima will describe how she and other scientists are using machine learning to accelerate cancer detection.

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APS to Announce Zahid Hussain as Winner of Keithley Award

Advanced Light Source retiree Zahid Hussain has been notified he’ll receive the 2019 Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science from the American Physical Society. He has been recognized for his “development of soft X-ray instrumentation leading to significant measurement improvements of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy and resonant inelastic soft X-ray scattering.”

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Gamma Rays, Watch Out: There’s a New Detector in Town

With funding from an Early Career LDRD award announced last year, Heather Crawford (Nuclear Science Division) and her research team are developing a prototype for an ultrahigh-rate high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector that can count 2 to 5 million gamma rays per second while maintaining high resolution, allowing them to accurately measure the energy spectrum under extreme conditions. More>

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