Today at Berkeley Lab

Director’s Achievement Awards Announced

John Bell (CRD), Phil Colella (CRD), and Jim Floyd (retired) received the Berkeley Lab Prize Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards were also given for Early Scientific Career, Scientific, Operations, Safety, Outreach, Diversity, Societal Impact, and Technology Transfer achievements, as well as the Berkeley Lab Citation. Go here for the full list of awardees. Details on the awards ceremony will be posted in TABL.

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Weber Named Electrochemical Society Fellow

Adam Weber of the Energy Technologies Area was named to the Electrochemical Society’s 2018 Class of Fellows. Fellows are chosen for their achievements, leadership, and service. His current research involves optimizing the performance and lifetime of fuel-cell performance using advanced modeling and diagnostics, understanding flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage, and analysis of solar-fuel generators More>

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Meet Tess Smidt, ‘Atomic Architect’ and 2018 Luis Alvarez Fellow

To nonscientists, Tess Smidt describes herself as an “atomic architect.” And as Berkeley Lab’s 2018 Luis W. Alvarez Fellow in Computing Sciences, she’s designing a neural network that can automatically generate novel atomic crystal structures. This work is an extension of her graduate research at UC Berkeley, where she worked with Jeff Neaton’s group at the Lab’s Molecular Foundry. More>

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Teresa Head-Gordon Named ACS Fellow

The American Chemical Society has named Teresa Head-Gordon – a faculty staff scientist in the Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division and a professor of chemistry, bioengineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Berkeley – as an ACS Fellow for 2018. The new ACS Fellows will be honored at the ACS national meeting in Boston this August. More>

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Lab’s Heather Gray Wins IUPAP Young Scientist Award

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics announced their Young Scientist Prize winners, and among recipients in the “Particle and Fields” section is ATLAS researcher Heather Gray. She was recognized for her “strong role in the searches and initial measurements of Higgs boson interactions with quarks.” More>

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Women@The Lab Awardees Honored at Special Event

The Oscars-style celebration on June 9 filled the Building 50 Auditorium to capacity with family, friends, and colleagues who cheered as each awardee took center stage. Sixteen women were recognized for their professional accomplishments and contributions to STEM outreach. “The best science is done when you have diverse voices,” said Director Witherell at the ceremony. More>

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Berkeley Lab Physicist Wins 2018 URA Tollestrup Award

Richard Bonventre of the Lab’s Physics Division recently won the 2018 Universities Research Association (URA) Tollestrup Award for his work on the Mu2e experiment, which is based at DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The award recognizes outstanding postdoctoral research done at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab scientists. More>

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Gil Torres Awarded Safety Hero Prize

Gil Torres — Materials Sciences’ building manager — is one of the latest recipients of Berkeley Lab’s quarterly Safety Hero $50 raffle prize in recognition for his efforts to lessen a trip hazard on a ramp near the entrance to Building 66. The Safety Hero Prize draws from Berkeley Lab’s Hero Card program.

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6 Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Six Berkeley Lab scientists have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to receive significant funding for research through its Early Career Research Program. The six Berkeley Lab recipients are among 84 awardees selected this year, including 30 from DOE’s national laboratories. More>

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DOE Awards Berkeley Lab $800,000 for Low-Cost Desalination System

A team led by ETA’s Robert Kostecki is one of 14 awardees whose research is focused on reducing the cost of solar-thermal desalination and helping the technology reach new markets, including areas that are not connected to the electric grid. More>

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