Vern Paxson, who holds joint appointments at UC Berkeley, the International Computer Science Institute and Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division, has been named recipient of this year’s ACM SIGCOMM Award “for his seminal contributions to the fields of Internet measurement and Internet security, and for distinguished leadership and service to the Internet community.” The award recognizes lifetime contribution to the field of communication networks. It will be presented at the 2011 ACM SIGCOMM Technical Conference to be held Aug. 15-19 in Toronto, where Paxson will deliver the keynote address. More>>
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Victor Chan, from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer matrixed to the Life Sciences Division, is Berkeley Lab’s junior delegate to the Council for the University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA). Victor has been serving on CUCSA’s Administrative Efficiencies Workgroup, which recently released its final report. The report concludes that significant staff engagement, with a focus on efficiencies rather than cost savings, leads to greater, more sustainable cost-savings success without impacting the quality of service. More >>
Jack V. Franck, a prolific inventor and one of the first two electronic technicians at Ernest Lawrence’s original Radiation Laboratory, passed away on July 29 at the age of 93. Franck joined Lawrence’s Lab immediately after receiving his Masters in Electrical Engineering from U.C Berkeley in 1941, leaving in 1942 to became an Ensign in the Navy, where he served on PT Boats in both the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters. By 1946 he returned to the Lab and remained there for the rest of his career, designing and building devices that enabled physicists to push the boundaries of their fields. Upon his retirement, the UC Regents bestowed Franck with emeritus engineer status. Among his most renowned inventions was the “Franckenstein,” a scanning table that reduced bubble chamber film to machine-readable data. Six of Franck’s inventions were displayed at the Smithsonian’s Atom Smasher–Fifty Years exhibit. Donations in his name may be made to P.T Boats. PO Box 38070 Germantown TN 38183-0070. There will be a celebration of his life at the family home at a later date. More>>
More than 2,000 scientists pass through the Advanced Light Source every year to conduct experiments they hope will lead to the next big breakthrough. They use the beamlines — essentially extremely bright x-rays—to examine everything from nanoparticles to disease samples. So can a user waltz into the ALS with his or her radioactive samples and fire up the beamline? Not before he or she answers to Sue Bailey. More>
Adam Arkin, a computational biologist and director of Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, has been named the lead principal investigator for DOE’s new Knowledgebase (Kbase) Project, a multi-institutional effort to consolidate the numerous different sources of scientific information on plants and microbes into a single integrated cyber-database. Biological studies on plants and microbes over the past few decades have generated overwhelming volumes of data. Kbase is designed to accelerate discovery by enabling the integration, mining and computational analysis of this data. DOE’s Office of Science FY 2012 Budget Request includes $12 million to begin buildout of the Kbase. Read the DOE announcement here.
Elizabeth Bautista of NERSC’s Computational Systems Group is Berkeley Lab’s senior delegate to the Council for the University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) and has been serving on CUCSA’s Talent Management and Succession Planning Workgroup, which recently released its final report, Talent Management and Succession Planning Within the University of California: Working Together to Make UC a Career Destination. The report points out that with UC budget cuts and the departure of staff, talent management and succession planning is critical. The report identifies key barriers to progress and provides concrete suggestions that could make UC a “career destination.” More>
Acta Crystallographica, the journal of record for the International Union of Crystallography, has recognized Paul Adams, deputy director of the Physical Biosciences Division, for having authored a remarkable five of the 20 papers most often cited by other authors in the biological crystallography section. Given that a common measure of the value of a scientific paper is the frequency by which it is referred to in papers by other scientists, Adams’ achievement has been hailed as “amazing” by his peers. Go here to see the list of papers.
David Brown, the current Deputy Associate Director for Science and Technology in Lawrence Livermore’s Computation Directorate, has been named as the new director for Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD), starting Aug. 30. In his new position, Brown will provide scientific leadership for CRD research and development programs in mathematics, computer science and computational science, and serve as chief spokesperson for CRD in interactions with external agencies, including the Department of Energy. “As computational science plays an increasingly important role in meeting DOE’s research mission, the Computational Research Division Director is a key position at Berkeley Lab,” said Lab Director Paul Alivisatos. “With the appointment of David Brown, CRD will be well positioned to maintain and grow our successful programs in applied math, computer science, computational science, and networking. We are fortunate to have someone of David’s caliber lead our efforts in these critical fields.” More>
George Smoot (right) recently appeared on the BBC’s The Forum, which engages disparate personalities in a freewheeling discussion. Teamed with celebrity photographer Platon and women’s rights activist Kavita Ramdas, Smoot discussed the origin of the universe and the STARMUS Festival, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first venture into space. In addition to Smoot, the festival featured Nobel Prize winners George Smith and Jack Szostak, along with theoretician Kip Thorne, alien seeker Jill Tarter, biologist Richard Dawkins, lead guitarist of Queen Brian May (a Ph.D. astrophysicist), as well as the first man to walk in space, Alexei Leonov, the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell, and others.
Over 100 employees retired on June 29, capping many years of dedicated service to the Lab. To honor those who have served so nobly, retiring staff were invited to self-identify and have their name posted online. In addition to the list, a few employees have offered some additional details about their careers, plans for the future, and advice for their former colleagues. More>