Today at Berkeley Lab

EESA’s Robin Lopez Sparks STEM Curiosity in Berkeley Community Fund Scholars

Robin Lopez (left) of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area recently participated in a career panel for Berkeley Community Fund scholars, speaking about his career path to Berkeley Lab and fielding questions from students. The fund’s College Success Manager said, “Robin was an incredible panelist … experiences like these can be transformative, and we are so grateful that Berkeley Lab helped us find the perfect person to inspire our students.”

Wim Leemans to Leave Lab and Lead Accelerator Division at DESY

Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics (ATAP) Division Director Wim Leemans is leaving Berkeley Lab to become the next director of the Accelerator Division at Germany’s DESY laboratory. He begins his new role on Feb. 1, 2019. Thomas Schenkel will lead ATAP on an interim basis. More>

The Battery Industry Is Blowing Up and It’s Changing Everything

The Lab’s Vince Battaglia is among the researchers interviewed in a CNBC piece on the history and future of batteries. Battery technology has been ever-evolving since the late 18th century as energy-storage needs have continued to grow. But in order to realize a fully electric future, new battery technology on a scale never before seen is required. Watch>

A Quantum Leap in Microelectronics

In collaboration with scientists at Intel Corp., Berkeley Lab scientist Ramamoorthy Ramesh proposes a new memory in logic device for replacing or augmenting conventional transistors. Ramesh leads a major Lab research initiative called “Beyond Moore’s Law,” which aims to develop next-generation microelectronics and computing architectures. 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>

Royal Society of Chemistry Highlights CSD’s Toma in ‘Women of Materials Science’

A study co-authored by Francesca Toma of the Chemical Sciences Division and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis is featured in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Celebrating Excellence in Research: Women of Materials Science,” a collection of high-quality papers by female researchers. 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>

Irfan Siddiqi Interviewed by NBC News Bay Area on Quantum Computing

The Lab’s Irfan Siddiqi recently appeared on NBC’s Press:Here program to discuss quantum computing and a Lab and UC Berkeley collaboration called “Berkeley Quantum.” Berkeley Quantum will advance U.S. quantum capabilities by conducting basic research, fabricating and testing quantum-based devices and technologies, and educating the next generation of researchers.

Jerry Nazareta Wins Lab Golf Club Championship

Jerry Nazareta of UC Berkeley was crowned “Golfer of the Year,” besting runner-up Jin-Young Jung (Engineering Division) at the Lab Golf Club’s final tournament on Nov. 10. The Golf Club holds tournaments each month, from March through November. For information on joining the club, contact Patty Giuntoli.

Got Side Hustle? Why You Need to Have Your Outside Consulting Gig Reviewed

This article on the need to get outside consulting work reviewed is the first in a three-part ‘Conflict of Interest’ series intended to help Lab employees understand their responsibilities with regards to outside employment, commercializing Lab technology, and financial decisions they may influence (or appear to influence) as a Lab official. Go here to read part one, which features Lab researcher William Jagust.