Today at Berkeley Lab

Don DePaolo: A Career Retrospective After 38 Years of Service

Lab Director Mike Witherell noted that DePaolo is first a great scientist, recognized for his contributions in geochemistry, an accomplished mentor who has helped develop geoscientists who have gone on to lead many institutions, and done an enormous amount in several leadership roles to build Berkeley Lab into the superb research institution it is today. More>

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Bissell Honored by Two Societies for Outstanding Achievements

The American Society for Cell Biology is honoring Mina Bissell (Biosciences) with their highest scientific honor, the E.B. Wilson Medal, for her lifetime contributions to cell biology. Earlier, Bissell received an honorary medal from the Signal Transduction Society (STS) & STS Journal Cell Communication and Signaling (CSS) in Weimar, Germany. More>

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Amit Kothari Takes a Balanced Approach to Commuting

Amit Kothari, the Lab’s senior manager of Transportation & Parking, tried five commute options
in five days for his 64-mile roundtrip commute from Dublin: driving alone, carpooling, taking
BART, riding the Lab shuttles, and telecommuting. In this latest issue of the Commuter Chronicles, Kothari shares the results of his week-long experiment.

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DePaolo Retirement Party on June 24

Don DePaolo, the ALD for the Energy Sciences Area, is retiring after 28 years with the Lab. To honor his career, a celebration is being held on Friday, June 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria.

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EESA’s Coates Appointed Academic Director for EBI

Chris Somerville, Academic Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), will step-down at the end of June. John Coates has agreed to serve in that role, effective July 1. Coates has been an EBI investigator since 2008 and has served for several years as a member of the EBI Executive Committee. His major area of interest is geomicrobiology applied to environmental problems.

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Xiang Zhang to Step Down as Materials Sciences Division Director July 1

Xiang Zhang will step down as director of the Materials Sciences Division (MSD) on July 1 after serving two years in the position. He will continue his teaching and research efforts as a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and a faculty member at UC Berkeley. Peter Fischer, the current deputy director of MSD, will serve as acting director of MSD effective July 1.

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Carl Steefel Appointed EESA’s New Geochemistry Department Head

Carl Steefel is recognized as a world leader in the development of multicomponent reactive transport simulation approaches and their application for predicting pore-through-watershed scale processes that are important for solving many earth and environmental challenges. His appointment is effective August 1, 2016. More>

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Witherell to Speak at Postdoc Association Seminar Series June 15

Lab Director Michael Witherell will be the opening speaker of “Series-X,” a new seminar series organized by the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association (BLPA). Witherell’s seminar takes place Wednesday, June 15, noon to 1 p.m., at the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Roy Kaltschmidt Looks Back on 20 Years of Documenting the Lab’s Science

After abandoning a profession in mathematics, and being dismissed from the military for being too tall, Roy Kaltschmidt bought his first camera. It marked the beginning of a whirlwind career, with shoots around the globe. He joined the Lab in 1996, taking iconic shots of Nobel Prize winners and cutting-edge research. Kaltschmidt retires on June 10, with a farewell gathering on June 9. More>

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June Retirees Invited to Have Name Listed on Honor Roll

The list is not only a tribute to staff and their careers, it also lets current employees know who among their colleagues is moving on. The list will be published in TABL in late June. To be included, employees MUST e-mail their name, division name, years of service, and photo. If you know a retiree who’s already left, forward this article to them.

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