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Berkeley’s First Female Physics Professor Publishes Memoir

Mary Gaillard became UC Berkeley’s first female physics professor in 1981. Now with the Lab’s Physics Division, she’s published a memoir, A Singularly Unfeminine Profession: One Woman’s Journey in Physics, recounting her experiences in a male-dominated field, and her participation in the development of the Standard Model. More>

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JGI’s Nikos Kyrpides on 10 Years of IMG Data Management System

Nikos Kyrpides, head of the JGI Prokaryote Super Program, and recent recipient of the Van Niel International Prize in Bacterial Systematics, reflects on 10 years of the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) data management system with nods to CRD’s Victor Markowitz and NERSC, and looks at future directions. More>

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Facilities Director Reva Nickelson Enjoys Challenge of Supporting Science

It’s been a year since Nickelson, one of the few women in this male-dominated field, came on board after 24 years as director of facilities at Idaho National Lab. “I love working in this field because nothing is the same,” she says. “I work well under pressure.” More>

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Susan Hubbard Appointed ALD for Earth and Environmental Sciences

Hubbard was selected after a comprehensive search and approval of the UC Regents. Her appointment is effective immediately. Director Alivisatos announced the creation of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area in March to position Lab programs for greater impact in environmental sciences, climate change, and subsurface energy resources. More>

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Kem Robinson on Recognizing Diversity in All Its Forms

Engineering Division Director Kem Robinson talks about why it’s important to understand diversity in its fullest extent. Read his story in the latest in the Panorama series of the Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. More>

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Ravi Prasher Named Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division Director

Prasher, a former ARPA-E program director and expert on thermal energy processes, has been named the first director of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division, in the Energy Technologies Area (ETA). More>

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Marvin Cohen Uses Quantum Mechanics, Computers to Conjure Future

Cohen’s computer programs deploy the exquisite equations of quantum theory to explain the form and function of known materials, and are used to forecast the performance of newly envisioned ones. “Quantum mechanics,” he says, “fed my family.” More>

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Meredith Montgomery is New Director for Institutional Assurance and Integrity

Montgomery, who is currently the Research and Institutional Integrity Officer, begins her new duties July 1. The Office of Institutional Assurance provides oversight of the Lab’s management systems and operating processes to ensure that compliance, best management practices, and continuous improvement are achieved. More>

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Lab Marks LGBT Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. As part of Pride Month, we profile employees Scott Hobbs, Rita Garcia, and Kat Wentworth. More>

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Congratulations to the Lab’s 2015 June Retirees

The Lab would like to thank these employees for their years of dedicated service. The top spot for longest tenure goes to Stephen Derenzo of Life Sciences, with 46 years of service. Derenzo, the longtime organizer of the Runaround, was followed closely by three who clocked in at 37 years: Sally Nasman (Materials Sciences), Harry Meyer (Engineering), and Alan Biocca (ALS). More>

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