Lab physicist Rich Muller is one of Atlantic magazine’s “Brave Thinkers” for 2011, a list that includes Barack Obama and the late Steve Jobs. The editors annually choose individuals who risked “careers, reputations, and fortunes to advance ideas that upend an established order.” Muller, who heads the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project (BEST), was chosen based on his testimony about global temperature trends before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which had been orchestrated by Republican legislators who are outspoken skeptics. “Confounding expectations, he reported a global warming trend that is very similar to that previously reported by other groups.” More>
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Division: Facilities — High Voltage Electrical
Years at the Lab: 1
What do you do at the Lab? Maintain electrical distribution systems
How does your job make the Lab successful? High voltage maintenance work is critical to the ongoing reliability of the Lab’s operations. Without reliable power, the Lab would not function
What is your greatest achievement at work? I’ve replaced components of critical systems at various locations, and have identified several areas for improvement in our safety policies that have been put into use.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you on the job? I had to remove a dead skunk out of a high voltage utility vault
What are some of your favorite activities outside of work? Spending time with my kids, motor sports, water sports, traveling
What saying best reflects your outlook on life? Nulla tenaci invia est via —For the tenacious no road is impassible.
Do you posses any unique talents? I am a classical trained pianist and speak three languages.
Berkeley Lab microbial ecologist Terry Hazen, whose studies of last summer’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico made headlines across the nation, is retiring from the Lab to become the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology. He begins on Dec. 1. Hazen has been with the Earth Sciences Division since 1998 and most recently headed the Ecology Department. He also heads microbial programs for the Joint BioEnergy Institute and the Energy Biosciences Institute. At Tennessee, Hazen will hold joint appointments with UT’s College of Engineering and ORNL’s Biosciences Division. More>
Michael Wehner of the Lab’s Computational Research Division will give an invited talk called “Projections of Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate: Balancing Confidence and Uncertainty” at Climate Change Beijing, an international climate change conference taking place later this month and hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation of China and CSIRO, Australia. As part of this conference, the world’s leading climate scientists, industry leaders, government representatives, students, and members of the general public will meet to discuss the most important environmental issues of our time. More>
Joe Krupa, a program analyst for the Berkeley Site Office (BSO), has been a familiar face at Berkeley Lab. Since 1985 he has worked for Department of Energy oversight offices — since 1999 at BSO and at predecessor organizations before then. He has been there to monitor and support the science, and as he likes to put it, “to grease the bureaucratic skids.” Yesterday, more than 100 of his friends and colleagues wished him well at a luncheon marking his retirement at the age of 50. Joe is leaving the Lab earlier than he or anyone would like: He is battling primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), a rare neurodegenerative disease that causes slow, progressive weakening of muscles. More>
The Department of Energy has announced the appointment of Physics Division Director and Associate Lab Director Jim Siegrist as the new Associate Director of the Office of Science for the Office of High Energy Physics. The appointment will become effective Oct. 1. He will be responsible for strategic program planning, budget formulation and execution, program integration with other Office of Science activities and with the DOE technology offices, and interagency integration. David Nygren will serve as the Acting Division Director.
Ernie Majer of the Lab’s Earth Sciences Division is among the researchers featured in an upcoming episode of QUEST, broadcast on KQED tonight at 7:30 p.m. The show is called “Induced Seismicity: Man-Made Earthquakes” and explores how engineering activity to tap energy sources, like geothermal reservoirs and removing oil and natural gas trapped in rocks. More>
Susannah Green Tringe of the Joint Genome Institute has been named one of 2011’s “Brilliant 10,” the annual list compiled by Popular Science magazine of top young researchers. In adding her name to the list, which appears in the October issue, the magazine recognized her $2.5 million grant from the DOE Early Career Research Program to study the role of microbial communities in restored wetlands in the San Francisco Bay-Delta region of California and their impact on long-term carbon sequestration. The Popular Science Brilliant 10 recognizes scientists and researchers under the age of 40 who, according to the magazine, “represent the best of what science can achieve and demonstrate American’s continuing cutting-edge research.” More>
David Bailey, chief technologist for the Lab’s Computational Research Division, has started writing a regular monthly math column for “The Conversation.” His first installment, “Where is Everybody? Doing the Maths on Extraterrestrial Life,” looks at Fermi’s Paradox on why there has never been “any evidence of even a single extraterrestrial civilization.” More>