Today at Berkeley Lab

Local Seventh-Graders Donate $1,000 for EcoPOD Research

Brandeis School of San Francisco students presented a check to the Berkeley Lab Foundation to support research by the Biosciences Area EcoPOD team. EcoPODs are intermediate-size closed ecosystems that will bridge the gap between the lab bench and field. Parents donated money in lieu of traditional bar and bat mitzvah gifts to teach students about philanthropy through their Tzedek Program.

Postdocs Run in SF Marathon to Raise Funds for Postdoc Association

Leen Alawieh, Protonu Basu, Jarrod McClean, and Jana Voříšková were among the finishers of the San Francisco Marathon, which took place July 23. The runners used the race as a fundraiser for the Lab’s Postdoc Association, via the Berkeley Lab Foundation. McClean is leaving the Lab to continue work on quantum computing for Google.

$5 Million Gift for Lab’s US-China Energy Center, Endowed Chair

The gift for the center, from Jim and Marilyn Simons, focuses on its scientific research and analysis on clean energy solutions for China, such as low-carbon cities, carbon markets, and clean energy system planning and integration. In addition to support for the center, $2 million will go towards creating the Nat Simons Chair in China Energy Policy, to be held by Jiang Lin. More>

Fund Commemorates ATAP Scientist’s Passion; Will Support Young Researchers

Through the Berkeley Lab Foundation, the widow of Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics scientist Michael Zisman has created a fund in his honor to help support young ATAP researchers. “Mike was always investing in the people who do the science, promoting care for one another,” she said. “We want that passion for young people in science to continue.” More>

Starshot Chief Engineer to Speak at Lab on Oct. 13

Pete Klupar will discuss “Breakthrough Starshot,” a plan to use tiny, light-propelled “star chips” to fly by Alpha Centauri after a 20-year journey. Klupar — former director of engineering at NASA Ames Research Center — hopes Lab researchers may be able to help with some of the project’s tech challenges. The talk begins at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

Postdocs Run San Francisco Marathon; Raise Money for Postdoc Association

Mauro Del Ben (CRD), Lydia Terborg (ETA), and Sanshiro Mizuno (Nuclear Sciences) successfully completed the San Francisco Marathon on July 31, representing postdocs from Berkeley Lab. They raised over $500, which will be donated to the Berkeley Lab Foundation to benefit the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association.

Berkeley Lab Foundation President Ivy Clift Talk on Oct. 14

The Women Scientists and Engineers Council and the Diversity and Inclusion Office will be hosting a talk by Ivy Clift entitled “Building It Together: The Berkeley Lab Foundation.” This event will be held at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

Susan Celniker Creates STEM Fund in Her Father’s Memory

When Life Sciences Division Science Deputy Sue Celniker’s father passed away recently, she felt that there could be no more fitting tribute to his dedication to science and engineering and his firm support of women in STEM than to set up a fund in his name: the Leo Celniker Fund for Women in Science. More>

Local School Donates $5,000 for Lab Air Pollution Research

Seventh graders at San Francisco’s Brandeis Hillel Day School presented a check to Berkeley Lab Foundation head Ivy Clift to support research by ETA’s Tom McKone. Parents donated the money in lieu of traditional bar and bat mitzvah gifts to teach students about philanthropy. The Lab was among five non-profits to receive a grant, voted on by fellow students.

Ivy Clift Named Head of Berkeley Lab Foundation

Clift has held development positions at Stanford, UC San Francisco, and Red Cross, and was assistant athletic director at UC Berkeley. The foundation was established by the University of California to promote corporate and philanthropic engagement in support of Berkeley Lab’s mission. More>