Today at Berkeley Lab

Nobel Prize Winner, World-Class Biophysicist to Join Lab, UC Berkeley

Chemistry Nobelist Eric Betzig (pictured) and world-class biophysicist Na Ji will join Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley in the summer of 2017. They will serve as faculty scientists in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division of the Biosciences Area. More>

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Peter Nico Announced as Program Domain Lead for Sustainable Energy Systems

Energy Geosciences Division Director Jens Birkholzer announced Peter Nico as the new Program Domain Lead for Sustainable Energy Systems (the newest and the most aspirational of EGD’s three Program Domains). Nico is a soil and environmental biogeochemist who studies transition metal redox processes and their impact on the fate and transport of environmental contaminants. More>

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Pat Dehmer to Retire From DOE Office of Science in November

Dehmer served as deputy director for Science Programs for the last nine years, and prior to that, 12 years as director of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Steve Binkley, currently the Director of the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, will begin as the new permanent Deputy Director for Science Programs immediately following Pat’s retirement. More>

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Emeryville Staffer Continues to Carpool, Even When Parking Is Plentiful

Cynthia Sylvester of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer has carpooled to Berkeley Lab almost every day since becoming an employee in 2006. Even though she’s not able to leave whenever she wants, it’s a small sacrifice considering what she’s gained over the years: commuting with friends and less stress from driving. More>

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ALS Postdoc Ruimin Qiao Wins Science Slam

The joint ALS/Molecular Foundry Postdoc Science Slam took place Sept. 20 as part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. The entrants had only three minutes to explain their research. The audience selected ALS postdoc Ruimin Qiao as the overall winner with her talk on “Shining Light on Battery Research.” More>

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IT’s Toledano Makes CNET’s ‘Most Influential Latinos in Tech’ List

In celebration of this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, CNET en Español has selected 20 Latinos who are making their mark in this competitive industry. The list — which includes Soledad Antelada Toledano, a cyber engineer in the Lab’s IT Division —celebrates a group of men and women leading teams in high-profile companies in and beyond Silicon Valley. More>

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Biosciences Area Announces Division Leadership Changes

Adam Deutschbauer is co-deputy for science and department head of Functional Genomics and Diane Dickel is department head of Functional Genomics. In the Biological Systems & Engineering Division, Sue Celniker assumed the role of science deputy, while Antoine Snijders agreed to be the interim department head of Organismal Systems & Bioresilience. More>

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Barry Freifeld Appointed as EESA’s Hydrogeology Department Head

Freifeld is internationally recognized by the scientific community for advances in wellbore monitoring technologies used to gain greater understanding of subsurface processes. His appointment will be effective Nov. 1. More>

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Accelerator Operator Stitches Together Storied Career at Bevatron, Cyclotron

Catherine “Reba” Siero, an accelerator operator at Berkeley Lab, has worked for more than two decades at its 88-Inch Cyclotron and earlier worked in particle-beam-based cancer treatments and biology research at the lab. More>

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Laleh Coté’s Work at the Lab Highlighted in GradNews

Workforce Development & Education‘s Laleh Coté published a story in GradNews about her career path at Berkeley Lab, starting with her experiences as an intern for Gary Andersen. She is now a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, and received a NSF fellowship to conduct research in STEM education and learning. A message from the Dean of the Graduate Division followed the publication.

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