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10 Questions for EH&S’s Ron Acord

This industrial hygienist knows American Sign Language, dreams of driving an AA-fuel funny car, and stays connected to his Dutch heritage by visiting with family in Holland. Go here to check out the rest of Acord’s answers. Provide your own answers to 10 questions.

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Ivy Clift Named Head of Berkeley Lab Foundation

Clift has held development positions at Stanford, UC San Francisco, and Red Cross, and was assistant athletic director at UC Berkeley. The foundation was established by the University of California to promote corporate and philanthropic engagement in support of Berkeley Lab’s mission. More>

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Barbara Jacak Appointed as Director of Nuclear Science Division

Jacak, formerly with the State University of New York — Stony Brook, has also accepted a joint appointment as faculty senior scientist at Berkeley Lab and professor of physics at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on experimental study of quark gluon plasma. More>

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Lab Computer Engineer is Dickens Fair’s Mr. Fezziwig

Dave Batzloff of the IT Division has been playing this character — featured in Ebenezer Scrooge’s trip to the past from “A Christmas Carol” — for 13 years. He and 75 cast members recreate a Victorian Christmas party, complete with dancing, singing, and games, at the annual Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. More>

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Where Vision Meets Know-How: Xiang Zhang’s XLab

The Lab’s Materials Sciences Division director is featured in a UC Berkeley publication, in a story that highlights his work with more than 30 Ph.D. students, postdocs, and visiting scientists who comprise “XLab.” The X, says Zhang, stands for explore, experiment, and excellence. More>

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PBD’s Adams Co-Author of Paper Included in Nature’s ‘Most Cited’ List

Nature recently released a list of the 100 most-cited articles published since 1900, as recorded in the Science Citation Index. Physical Biosciences Division Deputy for Science Paul Adams was a lead co-author on one of the top 100 articles in 1998, when he was a postdoctoral scholar at Yale University. More>

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In Life as in Tennis, ‘Just Relax and Play Your Game,’ says Roe

Physics Division Director Natalie Roe was inspired to pick up the game again 15 years ago, inspired by her mother who, now in her eighties, plays several times a week. Competing on league teams has taught her about performing under pressure and how to get better at it. More>

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Saul Perlmutter Included in Time Magazine’s ‘Great Scientists’ List

The magazine included the Nobel Prize-winning physicist in an elite group of “geniuses, eccentrics, and visionaries who transformed the world.” The issue is currently on newsstands. More>

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EETD Researcher Selected as National Academy Kavli Fellow

Adam Weber of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division attended the U.S Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium held last month, which brings together some of the very best young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. Weber’s current research looks at optimizing fuel-cell performance and lifetime. More>

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Doudna Featured in Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers Issue

Physical Biosciences Division researcher Jennifer Doudna was included, along with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier, in the innovators category of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers” issue of Foreign Policy Magazine. The team was recognized for their CRISPR/Cas genome-editing tool. More>

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