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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>

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Got Influence? Why You Might Need to Recuse Yourself From That Lab Business Decision

This last installment of a three-part “Conflict of Interest” series looks at situations in which Lab employees are in a position to influence financial or purchasing decisions for the Lab for which they have a financial interest. It’s important to note that rules apply to actual conflicts of interest, and also to circumstances that are perhaps legally permissible but that could create the appearance of impropriety. More>

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Taking Lab Tech to Market? Commercialization Arrangements Need Review

This second installment of a three-part Conflict of Interest series — detailing employee responsibilities for outside employment, commercializing Lab technology, and financial decisions they may influence as a Lab official — features Jill Fuss and Steve Yannone discussing extracurricular employment and the “Compensated Outside Professional Activity” process and guidelines. More>

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New SPO in Place to Manage Non-DOE Research Contracts

The Lab’s newly formed Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) is in place, and it has new standards for researchers and principal investigators that take effect Dec. 1. The SPO group combines all non-Department of Energy federal and non-federal research contracts under the Deputy Lab Director for Research. More>

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Export Control Launches New Website

Berkeley Lab has a new export control website designed to make navigating complex export regulations easier. The new site has been simplified to provide researchers and staff with practical guidance, useful forms, and informative links for those seeking answers or additional information. Send comments on the new site to [email protected]

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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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Ravi Prasher Named Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies

Ravi Prasher has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy Technologies Area. The announcement follows an international search led by Horst Simon, Deputy Director for Research. Prasher, an internationally renowned scientist in the field of thermal energy science and technologies, has been director of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division since 2015. More>

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[email protected] 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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Yelick Testifies Before House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences Kathy Yelick is scheduled to testify in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 12, before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The committee is conducting a hearing on “Big Data Challenges and Advanced Computing Solutions.” Go here to read the testimony. The hearing will be livestreamed at 7 a.m. PST. More> 

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State of the Lab: Q&A With Lab Director Mike Witherell

Lab Director Mike Witherell recently offered his thoughts on the Lab’s direction, status, and reputation in an interview with Lab Chief Communications Officer John German. If you missed the Director’s “State of the Lab” address, go here to watch it. More>

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