Today at Berkeley Lab

Alivisatos Named UC Berkeley Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Paul Alivisatos, an internationally renowned chemist and UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor for research, has been chosen to serve as the campus’s new executive vice chancellor and provost, effective immediately. Alivisatos is a Berkeley Lab materials scientist and former Lab director. More>

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Networking, Collaboration at Recent Forum on China and the Environment

Over 100 scholars from more than 50 different universities and institutions recently gathered at UC Berkeley for the fourth annual Chinese Environmental Scholars Forum, an event supported by the Lab’s Environmental & Earth Sciences Area (EESA) and the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Water Energy Technologies. More>

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Mars Research by Pimentel Recognized With National Historic Landmark

The American Chemical Society honored George Pimentel’s development of the Mars Infrared Spectrometer with a plaque in the lobby of UC Berkeley’s Pimentel Hall. The spectrometers were used on the NASA spacecrafts Mariner 6 and 7. In addition to being an associate director at the Lab, Pimentel was a longtime Cal professor, teaching freshman chemistry until just before he died in 1989. More>

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Lab Researchers Share Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Making fuel from sunlight, increasing the resiliency of urban waterfronts, and developing low-cost batteries for energy storage are among the efforts by UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab researchers to create solutions for energy efficiency, sustainability, and the environment. Those three endeavors were just a few of the projects presented earlier this month at the Cal Future Forum. More>

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Q&A with Kai Vetter on His Institute for Resilient Communities

Vetter, with the Nuclear Science Division, is a frequent visitor to the Fukushima Prefecture, site of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. He founded the Institute for Resilient Communities to help authorities better communicate critical scientific information following disasters. Chemical Sciences’ Rebecca Abergel is the institute’s deputy director. More>

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Campus Hosts June 14 Symposium on Oxygenic Photosynthesis

A panel of speakers — including Junko Yano of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis — will look at the environmental implications of carbon fixation, policy measures for mitigating the effects of carbon emissions, and engineering approaches to using photosynthesis for climate remediation. More>

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Summer Concerts at the Botanical Garden

The garden hosts concerts in the Redwood Grove on Thursdays, June through August, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 and include entrance to the garden (before 5 p.m. closing time). Shows tend to sell out so early purchase is encouraged. The first concert on June 1 features Inspector Gadje. More>

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Berkeley Public Schools Fund Honors Biosciences’ Mary Wildermuth

Wildermuth was recently honored at the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Spring Luncheon for her contributions. Wildermuth developed “Be a Scientist,” a seventh-grade program that matches 200 UC Berkeley science mentors with individual students at Berkeley’s three middle schools to help them learn about scientific inquiry and investigation. The Lab is a longtime luncheon sponsor.

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Reminder on Commencement Season and Traffic

Over the next couple of weeks, UC Berkeley academic departments will be conducting commencements, with several taking place at the nearby Greek Theater. As more cars come to campus, employees may experience delays commuting to or from the Lab when these ceremonies take place.

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Former Rad Lab Researcher Harold Weaver Dies at Age 99

Weaver, a pioneer of radio astronomy who discovered the first microwave laser, passed away on April 26. A UC Berkeley professor emeritus, Weaver worked on isotope separation at the “Rad Lab,” Berkeley Lab’s predecessor on campus, as part of the Manhattan Project. More>

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