Today at Berkeley Lab

CSD’s Hartwig Awarded Wolf Prize in Chemistry

John Hartwig, head of the Catalysis and Chemical Transformations Program in the Chemical Sciences Division and professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, has been awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry for the development of efficient transition-metal catalysts that have revolutionized drug manufacturing. More>

Eli Yablonovitch Wins 2019 Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering

Berkeley Lab materials scientist Eli Yablonovitch is the recipient of the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering. He was honored “for widely used scientific improvements to radio- and light-based technologies in wireless communications and solar energy applications.” The Franklin Institute awards have celebrated breakthroughs in science and technology since the Philadelphia science center was founded in honor of Benjamin Franklin in 1824. More>

Physics Staffer Wins 2018 AAAS Award for Children’s Science Writing

An article by Jeanne Miller of the Physics Division has won the 2018 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for children’s science news. Her story, “Fighting to the End,” highlights the Guinea worm disease that once afflicted millions of people mostly in rural areas of Africa and Asia and that is now close to eradication. Her article appeared in the October 2017 issue of Muse magazine. More>

Former JBEI Scientist Wins 2018 Berkeley Visionary Award

The award honors local entrepreneurs with the imagination and persistence to innovate in the city of Berkeley. Steen (pictured here with Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon) co-founded and is the CEO of Lygos, the first company to spin out of JBEI. Watch the Visionary Award video about Lygos here.

Four Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Four Berkeley Lab scientists – Allen Goldstein (Energy Technologies Area), Sung-Hou Kim (Biosciences Area), Susannah Tringe (Biosciences Area), and Kathy Yelick (Computing Sciences) – have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. They are among 416 scientists awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year. More>

Berkeley Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab Share 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize

A team of computational scientists and engineers from Berkeley Lab, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and NVIDIA has been awarded the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for applying an exascale-class deep learning application to extreme climate data, and for breaking the exaop (1 billion billion calculations) computing barrier for the first time with a deep learning application. More>

Lab Wins 2018 R&D 100 Award, and Special Recognition Award for Cyclotron Road Startup

eProject Builder, an online data management tool for water/energy retrofits, has won an R&100 Award, and Cyclotron Road startup Opus 12, which developed a device that recycles carbon dioxide into renewable fuels, is a co-recipient of an R&D 100 Special Recognition Award. These technologies are both from the Energy Technologies Area. More>

Glaeser Honored with Glenn T. Seaborg Medal

Robert Glaeser, senior scientist in the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division, was awarded the Glenn T. Seaborg Medal by the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. At a symposium held Nov. 10, Glaeser and Richard Henderson, a Nobel laureate in chemistry, were recognized for their “crucial contributions to the science of electron cryo-microscopy.” More>

Director’s Achievement Awards Announced; Ceremony on Nov. 30

The Director’s Achievement Awards ceremony is Friday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. All staff are invited. It will be streamed live. John Bell, Phil Colella, and Jim Floyd received the Berkeley Lab Prize – Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards were also given for Science, Early Scientific Career, Safety, Service, Tech Transfer, Operations, Outreach, Diversity, Societal Impact, and the Berkeley Lab Citation. More>

New Packard Fellow Leverages Time Crystals to Improve Quantum Measurement

Materials scientist Norman Yao has received a Packard Fellowship, which “allows the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements.” Yao was recognized for his theoretical, numerical and experimental work to “investigate new phenomena in systems that are far from thermal equilibrium.” More>