Today at Berkeley Lab

Industrial Biotechnology Leader Selected as New JGI Director

Nigel Mouncey, currently with Dow AgroSciences, has been named the JGI Director. The announcement follows a national search in which a committee convened by Biosciences ALD Jay Keasling and led by Richard Myers of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, carefully evaluated 75 candidates for the Director position. More>

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Lab Attorney and His Daughter Pen and Paint a New Book on Birds

Looking for a project to do together over last year’s holiday break, Robin Chiang of the Innovations & Partnerships Office and his daughter Rosalie collaborated on the book “A is for Albatross: Birds A-Z.” Robin drew the birds and Rosalie wrote the text and painted the birds. The book was a big hit at the Lab’s recent Holiday Craft Fair, with both signing copies of the self-published tome. More>

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Adel Flores Named New Chief Audit Executive

Flores will serve as the head of Internal Audit for the Lab. The position reports administratively to the Lab Director and functionally to the UC Regents. Internal Audit Services enhances and protects the Lab’s organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, audit, and investigation services. More>

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Staff Spread Holiday Cheer Around the Lab

With the holidays just around the corner, employees around the Lab are getting into the spirit of the season by festooning their offices with garland, stockings, lights, and other adornments. Have a photo you’d like to share? Email the image along with division/group name, location, and ID for employees in photo.

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Inspiring ASCB Award Essays by Mina Bissell and Eva Nogales

In two American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) award essays published in the society’s journal Molecular Biology of the Cell, Biosciences’ Mina Bissell and Eva Nogales, 2016 recipients of the society’s E. B. Wilson Medal and Keith R. Porter Lecture Award, respectively, each candidly describe their inspiring, personal journeys. More>

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For Payne, Mentoring Native American Students Means Better Science

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. We profile Christopher Payne, a researcher in the Energy Technologies Area, who is committed to mentoring Native American students and encouraging them to pursue careers in science.

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Lab Honors Military Veterans

Every Nov. 11 the nation observes Veterans Day to pay respects to those who have served the country in the armed forces. Here we share the stories of two Lab veterans, Sandra Miarecki (Nuclear Science), and Chip Kozy (Engineering). The Directorate hosted a luncheon for veterans on Nov. 1.

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ETA’s Christian Kohler Aspires to Serve

After a brief volunteering trip in Nicaragua, Christian Kohler, the deputy head of the Building Technologies Department in the Energy Technologies Area, and his wife decided to take a year off from work and the comforts of home to live a full-time life of volunteering abroad, this time in India and Nepal, just in time to assist after a devastating earthquake there. More>

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Workforce Development & Education’s Susan Brady Wells to Retire Jan. 3

Brady Wells served as manager for more than nine years. During her tenure, WD&E hosted more than 35,000 students and teachers for educational visits, mentored nearly 1,400 student interns and faculty collaborators, shared internship and career opportunities with an estimated 415,000 participants at national conferences, and brought in over $10M in funding. More>

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ETA’s Ahmet Kusoglu Wins Young Investigator Award

Ahmet Kusoglu won the Supramaniam Srinivasan Early Career Award from the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society. The award was established in 2011 to recognize and reward an outstanding young researcher in the field of energy technology. Kusoglu will receive his award at the 2017 Spring ECS meeting. More>

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