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Roe Appointed as Director of Physics Division

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Natalie Roe as Director of the Physics Division at Berkeley Lab, effective immediately.  Natalie has a distinguished record of research, and of service to the Division, to the Laboratory, and to the National High Energy Physics Community.  She assumes the Directorship with broad experience, high standards, and strong vision for the future of the field.

Natalie is an experimental particle physicist and observational cosmologist.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Physics from Harvard, and her Ph.D. at Stanford, joining the Laboratory in 1989 as a postdoctoral fellow.   Highlights of her research career include analysis of W and Z boson decays at the Fermilab Tevatron, the study of CP violation in B mesons at the SLAC asymmetric B Factory, and most recently, large astronomical surveys designed to shed light on the mystery of dark energy.  She led the design and construction of the Silicon Vertex Tracker for the BaBar experiment and is currently the Instrument Scientist for the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) experiment.  She is also the group leader of the LBNL MicroSystems Laboratory (MSL), which fabricates high performance CCD sensors.  The MSL fabricated all of the CCDs for the 500 Megapixel Dark Energy Survey Camera that will soon start taking data at the Blanco telescope in Chile.  Natalie has been active in developing the Division’s strategic plans and has been a member of its advisory committee (P3) since 2006.

At the Laboratory level, Natalie has Chaired the Laboratory Staff Committee since 2004.  During her tenure, she led a major restructuring of the Professional Research Classification System.  She had served on many other committees and has been particularly active as an advocate for women scientists.  She is one of the founding members of the Women Scientists and Engineers Council.

Natalie has served on many national committees and panels, including the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, the Fermilab PAC, the DESY Scientific Council, and the NSF Committee of Visitors.  She is currently a member of the CERN Science Policy Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and past Chair of the APS Division of Particles and Fields.

Pat Dehmer, the Deputy Director of the Office of Science, wrote last year that LBNL Scientists are “at the forefront of particle physics, nuclear physics, and cosmology, playing leading roles in conceiving, designing, and building the experiments that have transformed our view of the world.”  We are delighted that Natalie has agreed to lead the Division at a time of critical importance to the future of the national program.

Finally, we wish to express sincere thanks to David Nygren who has served as Acting Division Director since October 2011, when Jim Siegrist stepped down in order to join the Department of Energy as the Associate Director of the Office of Science for the Office of High Energy Physics.  Dave has provided the Division with strong leadership during the search for a permanent Division Director.

Paul Alivisatos, Lab Director
James Symons, Associate Lab Director for General Sciences