Today at Berkeley Lab

New Machine Learning for Science Website

Berkeley Lab recently launched a new site that showcases its wide array of machine learning projects spanning its divisions, disciplines, and areas of expertise. The Lab is developing advanced machine learning methods to analyze complex data sets that arise in DOE science and applied energy applications, such as biology and the environment, materials data from observation and simulation, high-end communication networks, and energy systems.

Compliance Date for Revised ‘Common Rule’ Policy is Jan. 21

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies have issued final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (usually referred to as the “Common Rule”). The compliance date for the Revised Common Rule is Jan. 21. More>

LDRD Funding for FY19 Announced

The Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program at Berkeley Lab continues to produce cutting-edge science research for DOE and the nation. The Lab has funded $22 million to 89 LDRD projects for fiscal year 2019; 158 proposals were submitted in response to the LDRD call for proposals. This represents an increase of slightly over $1 million from FY18 levels. More>

Director Witherell to Give Commencement Speech at the University of Toledo

Lab Director Mike Witherell will give the keynote address for the University of Toledo’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15. As reported by Toledo Blade, Witherell’s message will focus on “finding something you think is important to do and work hard at it and make it your passion.” He also said he is speaking at the commencement, in part, because of how important public universities are to the nation.

Lab Holiday Party on Dec. 19

The Lab Directorate invites all Lab employees to join with their colleagues to celebrate the holidays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria’s dining hall on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be provided. Festive attire is encouraged. The cafeteria will close at 1 p.m. that day. Staff are invited to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Alameda County Food Bank.

Lab Hosts Alameda County Community Food Bank Donation Drive

Staff are invited to donate unopened nonperishable food items such as grains, beans, pasta, peanut butter, and canned meat to the Alameda County Food Bank. Two collection barrels are located in the cafeteria lobby until Jan. 9. View a detailed wish list here. No glass containers will be accepted. The food bank serves one in five Alameda County residents.

Lab Recognizes First Graduates of Early Career Enrichment Program

At a recent ceremony, Mike Witherell and Horst Simon recognized the first graduates of the Lab’s innovative Early Career Enrichment Program (ECEP). Attendees celebrated the program’s pilot year and shared ideas to shape the program moving forward. ECEP is designed to broaden the exposure of outstanding early career researchers at the Lab. Go here for more information on the program and a list of graduates.

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>

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>

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>