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Meet Tess Smidt, ‘Atomic Architect’ and 2018 Luis Alvarez Fellow

To nonscientists, Tess Smidt describes herself as an “atomic architect.” And as Berkeley Lab’s 2018 Luis W. Alvarez Fellow in Computing Sciences, she’s designing a neural network that can automatically generate novel atomic crystal structures. This work is an extension of her graduate research at UC Berkeley, where she worked with Jeff Neaton’s group at the Lab’s Molecular Foundry. More>

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Cyclotron Road Appoints New Executive-in-Residence

While trying to commercialize some new battery materials that she invented, Danielle Applestone experienced firsthand the fundraising hurdles that face entrepreneurial scientists, among them the lack of connections to investors required to build a company. She’ll help Cyclotron Road researchers leap some of those hurdles in her new role as Executive-in-Residence. More>

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Gopal Discusses Electric Vehicles for India’s Increasing Transportation Demands

In this Twitter video, Anand Gopal of the Energy Technologies Area discusses the rapid expansion of car ownership in India, the anticipated impact this will have on greenhouse gas emissions, and the country’s move toward electric vehicles.

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Asmita Patel Named New CUCSA Delegate for the Lab

Asmita Patel of the Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics Division has been appointed to represent Berkeley Lab as the new delegate for the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA). She joins current Lab CUCSA delegate Kat Wentworth. CUCSA seeks to maintain and enhance communication within the UC community on matters of interest to employees.

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Teresa Head-Gordon Named ACS Fellow

The American Chemical Society has named Teresa Head-Gordon – a faculty staff scientist in the Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division and a professor of chemistry, bioengineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Berkeley – as an ACS Fellow for 2018. The new ACS Fellows will be honored at the ACS national meeting in Boston this August. More>

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Former Lab Researcher Elected Mayor of Mexico City

On July 1, former Lab researcher Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo became the first woman to be elected mayor of Mexico City. She won nearly 50% of the vote in a field of seven candidates. She will take office on Dec. 1. She worked at the Lab from 1991-1994 in the International Energy Studies Group. More>

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Lab’s Heather Gray Wins IUPAP Young Scientist Award

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics announced their Young Scientist Prize winners, and among recipients in the “Particle and Fields” section is ATLAS researcher Heather Gray. She was recognized for her “strong role in the searches and initial measurements of Higgs boson interactions with quarks.” More>

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Message From COO Michael Brandt on Retirement of CFO Kim Williams

Chief Financial Officer Kim Williams has announced her retirement, effective Oct. 5. “Kim has built an impressive legacy of outstanding leadership during her career at Berkeley Lab, and she will be greatly missed as she moves on to the next exciting chapter in her life,” says Brandt. An acting CFO will be announced, and a national search is underway for her replacement. More>

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Early Career LDRD: Woodburn Researches State’s Groundwater Supply

Erica Woodburn first fell in love with hydrogeology as an undergraduate majoring in geology. Today, she is a researcher in the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. Through funding from an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development Award, she is developing a new modeling technique that employs remote sensing technology to understand the effects of climate change on California’s groundwater supply. More>

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Project Management and Leadership Changes in Operations

Deputy for Operations Michael Brandt has announced the creation of a new Project Management Division, which will include the Projects and Construction Office (PCO) and the Project Management Office (PMO). A division director position is under development. Brandt also announced a number of leadership changes, including naming Ellen Ford as Operations Area Deputy. More>

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