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10 Things You Should Know About Louise Lassalle

Lassalle, a postdoc in the Biosciences Area and native of France, married into nobility, loves to play BANG, and at one time had presidential aspirations. Go here to learn more about Lassalle, who is currently researching a protein that transforms water into oxygen. Are there 10 things we should know about you, or someone you work with? If so, send an email to communications@lbl.gov.

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Susan Synarski and Lambda Alliance Featured in New National Lab Website

The National Laboratory Directors’ Council recently launched a website highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories. Under “Meet Our Employees,” Susan Synarski from Energy Technologies Area and the Lambda Alliance (LGBTQ association) are featured as staff members of Berkeley Lab. Click here to learn more.

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Kuriyan Recipient of Protein Society Award

John Kuriyan, senior faculty biologist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, was named the recipient of The Protein Society 2017 Stein and Moore Award. Kuriyan is recognized for scientific discoveries that have led to understanding the regulation of eukaryotic cell signaling and the phenomenon of processivity in DNA repair. More>

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Michelle Scanlon Appointed New Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer

Scanlon comes to Berkeley Lab with 25 years of HR experience at both federally funded and commercial institutions. At Sandia National Lab, she spearheaded diversity initiatives and played an important HR role in the initial Joint BioEnergy Institute partnership. Her appointment was effective March 20. Go here to read a message from Deputy Director for Operations Glenn Kubiak.

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Scott Fong Appointed as Export Compliance Officer

Scott Fong has been selected to fill a new full-time position as the Lab’s Export Compliance Officer. Fong will report through the Office of the Laboratory Counsel. Fong can be contacted at exportcontrol@lbl.gov or at SHFong@lbl.gov. More>

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The Scientist Profiles the Inspirational Work of Lab’s Mina Bissell

“The reason I still travel and give talks, meet young scientists, and do interviews is that I see young people are inspired by my story of how I have persisted,” says Bissell of the Biosciences Area. “I never wanted to quit. If you are passionate and you have ideas leading to rigorous proof, you need to trust yourself.” More>

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Maxon Serves on NAS ‘Future Products of Biotechnology’ Committee

Mary Maxon (Biosciences Area) served on a National Academy of Sciences committee that produced a report on the future products of biotechnology for the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and the three federal regulatory agencies that oversee biotechnology products. Maxon participated in report-release activities in Washington D.C. last month. More>

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KQED’s QUEST Program To Air Program Featuring Ashok Gadgil

Gadgil, with the Energy Technologies Area, discusses how innovative engineering is improving the lives of refugee women via the Darfur Stove in a program that first aired in 2014. It will air on April 8 at 1 p.m., and April 9 at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. Check here for your service provider’s KQED channel.

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Abergel Receives Rising Star Award From American Chemical Society

Chemical scientist Rebecca Abergel is among six winners of the award, which recognizes “outstanding women scientists approaching mid-level careers who have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields.” The award is presented by the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemist Committee.

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Mary Maxon: Inspiring Women in Sciences

Maxon (Biosciences Area) recently visited UC San Francisco to discuss the ways in which women can impact science policy at the state and national level. “Impact is as simple as a phone call, it is as simple as an email, and it really does matter,” she said. “Use it: your research and ideas can have a role in shaping future policy.” More>

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