May 3 was the 100th birthday of Luis Alvarez, who joined Lawrence’s “boy’s” in 1936 and worked at the Lab, with only brief absences during World War II, until his death in 1988. To celebrate his life, the American Physical Society (APS) held a May 3 session at its April meeting in Anaheim, with invited presentations from three men who knew Alvarez and Berkeley Lab well: Rich Muller (left), Moishe Pripstein (center), and Art Rosenfeld. Some of their reminiscences and photos are available here.
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The Photography Club successfully hosted their second annual Spring Showcase last Friday. Roughly 150 staff members came to the exhibit and voted for their favorite photo. Of the 18 photos submitted for the competition, Robert Cheng (EETD) won first place, with a tie for second place between Lorraine Dowling (Directorate) and Steve Kessler (IT). Go here to view the winning photos. For more information on the Photography Club, contact Misty Enriquez.
Juan Meza, acting director of the Computational Research Division and head of CRD’s High Performance Computing Research Department, has been named Dean of the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced. The appointment, announced Friday, June 3, will be effective this fall. In this new positon, Meza will manage an organization with about 50 faculty members. Meza will also be a professor at the school. More>
As a Contracts Officer in the Office of Chief Financial Officer, Office of Sponsored Projects & Industry Partnerships, Nancy Saxer does not work on overtly dangerous construction sites or in a lab with hazardous materials, but she has become increasingly conscious of how safety bears on her work in an office and on walking between buildings at the Lab. More>
David Culler, Professor and Chair of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, Associate Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Associate CIO of the College of Engineering has been appointed Faculty Director of the i4Energy Center. Culler is also a faculty researcher in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division’s Future Technologies Group. The mission of the i4Energy Center is to facilitate and promote research on system-integrated enabling technologies that will achieve better energy efficiency, improved demand/response, and dramatic improvements in energy distribution. More>
The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment is gaining the services of the Physics Division’s latest Chamberlain Postdoctoral Fellow, just-arrived Yasuhiro Nakajima of Kyoto University, who has spent much of the past few years studying neutrino oscillation at Fermilab. Nakajima led construction of the muon range detector for the SciBooNE neutrino experiment at Fermilab, and his thesis describes a search for disappearing muon neutrinos and their replacement by exquisitely difficult-to-prove sterile neutrinos. This could be one explanation for the surprising difference in results from SciBooNE and the nearby MiniBooNE detector, as described in a recent issue of FermiLab Today. Nakajima’s flair for neutrino oscillations is a perfect fit for the Daya Bay experiment, whose U.S. spokesperson is Kam-Biu Luk of Physics, which will begin taking data this summer.
Division/Department: EH&S/Radiation Protection Group
Years at the Lab: Nine years in July
What do you do at the Lab? As an Administrative Assistant III, I assist with travel, LETs timekeeping, Routing Authorizations, calendaring, and setting up meetings and events. I also process incoming guests and assist in the interview and auditing process.
What do you like best about your job? The friends I’ve made here, definitely. I also like the beautiful environment.
What would you like people to know about your position? Being an administrative assistant is harder than it looks, so be kind to your admin!
What are your greatest achievements at work? I received two Spot Awards, one for performance and the other for responding to an office flood due to a broken water pipe. I was the Guest House ‘Science of Love’ contest winner, and I’m almost always the last one over the finish line at the Runaround, with my tall pink plume feathers in my hair with boa scarf!
How does your job help make the Lab successful? I facilitate the trips our Health Physicist and Radiation technicians make to keep their training up to date and keep the Lab safe from contamination.
What is the strangest thing that’s ever happened on the job? Brain-tumor tissue from my sister was sent to Berkeley Lab for research. She told me about the donation two days before her passing. She was very proud to leave everything to science and excited that my Lab was able to be a part of the study to help care for future brain-tumor patients.
What saying best reflects your outlook on life? Prayer changes things.
Do you have a unique talent? Jewelry making, you can find me at the Lab Craft Fair every year.
Do you know someone who would be a good subject for the “Faces at the Lab”series? Send their names here.
David Chandler, a faculty scientist with the Chemical Sciences Division who serves as an investigator with the Solar Energy Research Center has been elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, England’s most prestigious scientific organization. He is one of only eight new Foreign Members elected this year. Over the past 40 years, Chandler has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the molecular nature of liquid matter, including several highly original and influential theories. More>
Sam Chapman was a newly minted poverty lawyer in 1974 when he watched a Napa county supervisor fall fast asleep at a public meeting. It was a bit of a revelation. “That,” says Chapman, “was the beginning of my career in politics.” At the age of 26, he ran for county supervisor as a youthful advocate for the environment. He drew the ire of the developer-friendly Napa newspaper where he had worked summers and weekends as a teenager, but also won a Sierra Club endorsement. A liberal long shot in a conservative district, Chapman made a point to knock on every door. He won by 16 votes. More>
What can you do with a UC Berkeley degree in Physics and English Literature? The Creative Services Office’s Ann Parker has solved that one. At Berkeley Lab, she writes about the future, explaining next-generation particle accelerators. At night, she’s living in 19th century Leadville, Colorado, thinking about murder. Parker is the acclaimed author of the Silver Rush mystery series, including “Silver Lies,” picked as a “best mystery of the year” by Publishers Weekly. The three-book series – with a fourth on the way — is set in the early 1880’s, in the Rocky Mountain boomtown where Parker’s real life great grandfather was a blacksmith. More>