Friday, March 20, 2015

Berkeley Lab Creates a New ‘Earth and Environmental Sciences Area'

Some LBNL participants in the 2007 Nobel Peace
Prize award to the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change, with former Lab Director &
DOE Secretary, Steven Chu 
Berkeley Lab programs in environmental sciences, climate sciences and subsurface energy resources are flourishing. Examples of new and significant efforts include the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment, the Advanced Climate Model for Energy, and advanced fossil energy production projects. Our scientists play intellectual leadership roles in emerging national initiatives related to microbes and their interaction with the environment, as well as in subsurface energy science initiatives.
Due to the importance of these activities to the future of the Nation and the world, we are positioning the laboratory strategically for the future by creating an Earth and Environmental Sciences Area led by a new Associate Laboratory Director (ALD). At first, this Area will steward the Earth Sciences Division, and the new ALD will be charged with developing a new organizational structure that reflects the strategic plan they will create by working closely with the Area’s science community.
“Many aspects of the Nation’s future energy and environmental security are closely tied to the work we do today in subsurface energy science,” said DOE Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr. “We welcome this step Berkeley Lab is taking to continue to contribute significantly to DOE’s mission-driven fundamental research and applied technology development.”
Don DePaolo, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences will serve as the acting ALD for this Area during a search. The position has been posted here and a global search is actively underway.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Berkeley Lab Recognizes Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women. This year the Lab profiled Elizabeth Bautista of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Maram Kassis of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), and Mary Sidney of Energy Technologies Area (ETA).  

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Reorganization of Energy Technologies Creates New Division Director Opportunity


Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos announced the formation of four Divisions in the Energy Technologies (ET) area. The Area is designed to take advantage of opportunities to address scientific and technological problems of climate change and sustainable energy development, and to align more closely with the Department of Energy’s research thrusts. It is also intended to accelerate the deployment of new technologies into the marketplace, and encourage entrepreneurship.

Associate Lab Director (ALD) for the Energy Technologies area, Ramamoorthy Ramesh said that the research in the now former Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) is strong in the areas of applied science and engineering, technology, finance and policy—areas which are all central to developing and deploying solutions to the great energy and environmental changes facing society. He intends to move ET research forcefully towards the deployment of solutions that address these challenges.

With any change, new opportunities are created. We are currently conducting an international search for an Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division Director. This new division will perform research and develop technologies and strategies that enable a shift toward carbon-free transportation and the penetration of renewables on the electric grid.  

The Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division Director will be a key member of Berkeley Lab’s scientific leadership. Provide strategic leadership of the Division’s research programs with $25 million in annual funding and 108 employees. Ensure the quality of the research in the division, enhancing existing research programs and developing new programs. Collaborate and coordinate with the leadership of ETA research divisions. Establish and sustain other partnerships within the Lab, with academia with the broader ecosystem that includes industry partners, other national laboratories, and state and federal agencies. Act as spokesperson for the Division in interactions with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other government agencies. Working within the Energy Technologies Area leadership framework, have accountability for Division budgets, funding, workforce planning, human resources management, environmental health and safety, property and facilities management. Work as a member of Laboratory senior management to ensure smooth operations and long-term prospects of the Division and Laboratory as a whole.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Distinguished Scientist, Mina Bissell, Gives ‘Women We Admire’ Lecture

Dr. Mina Bissell is one of the three current Distinguished Scientists and the only woman with this honor at Berkeley Lab. Dr. Bissell is a pioneer in breast cancer research, a field in which she pursued the idea that a cancer cell doesn’t automatically become a tumor but depends on the surrounding microenvironment for cues as it progresses, a process that takes decades.

At Berkeley Lab, she was the first director of Cell and Molecular Biology Division and associate lab director for all Life Sciences. She has authored more than 370 publications, trained 90 fellows and graduate students, is a member of nine international scientific boards, and received numerous prestigious awards including the first Lifetime Achievement Award at Berkeley Lab.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Berkeley Lab Director, Paul Alivisatos, accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge



Berkeley Lab Director, Paul Alivisatos, accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued by Oak Ridge National Lab, has received a dousing by Nobelist Saul Perlmutter and cancer researcher Mina Bissell, who used SF Bay water in deference to California’s drought. Lab researchers have contributed to the science of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.The director then challenged Steve Chu, AAAS CEO Alan Leshner, and White House science advisor John Holdren.
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