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Five Berkeley Lab Researchers are 2013 APS Fellows

This year’s recently announced American Physical Society (APS) Fellows includes five scientists from Berkeley Lab, two from the Materials Sciences Division and one each from the Accelerator and Fusion Research, Nuclear Science, and Engineering divisions. APS Fellows are elected by their peers for “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.”

Carolyn Bertozzi and George Smoot Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Carolyn Bertozzi and George Smoot are among 143 new Fellows of the fledgling National Academy of Inventors. The honor, for which they were nominated by their peers, is based on their history of outstanding inventions and discoveries.

Three Berkeley Lab Scientists named AAAS 2013 Fellows

Three Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers have been named 2013 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Nobel Laureate Karplus is Longtime NERSC User

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists for pioneering methods in computational chemistry that have brought a deeper understanding of complex chemical structure and reactions in biochemical systems. These methods can precisely calculate how very complex molecules work and even predict the outcomes of very complex chemical reactions. One of the laureates — Martin Karplus of Harvard University — has been using supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab since 1998.

Berkeley Lab’s Prominent Role in the Higgs Discovery

The Nobel Prize in Physics to François Englert and Peter Higgs cites confirmation of their work by the ATLAS and CMS experiments, in what Physics Division Director Natalie Roe calls “a powerful testament to human imagination, innovation, perseverance and international cooperation.” Berkeley Lab provides one of the largest U.S. contingents to ATLAS, led by Ian Hinchliffe. Berkeley Lab’s Physics, Accelerator, and Engineering Divisions have made and continue to make vital contributions to the LHC.

Berkeley's Kam-Biu Luk Wins Panofsky Prize for Daya Bay Experiment

Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley physicist Kam-Biu Luk has been named by the American Physical Society to be a recipient of the 2014 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in experimental particle physics. He and Yifang Wang of China’s Institute of High Energy Physics will share the prize for their leadership roles in the Daya Bay neutrino experiment.

Berkeley Lab Scientist Named MacArthur “Genius” Fellow for Audio Preservation Research

A Berkeley Lab physicist who developed a way to digitally restore old audio recordings that are too fragile to play was named a MacArthur “genius” Fellow today (Wednesday, Sept. 25). Carl Haber, a senior scientist in the Physics Division, is among 24 recipients to receive the prestigious award – $625,000 in unrestricted funds over the next five years – by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Berkeley Lab Wins Eight 2013 R&D 100 Awards

A generator that uses a virus to convert mechanical energy to electricity and a new material that will boost power storage in rechargeable batteries by 30 percent are among eight inventions by Berkeley Lab scientists that were honored with a 2013 R&D 100 Award, often dubbed the “Oscars of Innovation.”

Berkeley Lab Announces Director’s Awards: Physicist, Big Data Expert Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

The recipients of the Berkeley Lab Director’s Lifetime and Exceptional Achievement Awards have been announced. David Nygren (Physics) and Arie Shoshani (Computational Research) are the recipients of the Berkeley Lab Prize Lifetime Achievement Award. Lifetime Achievement Award winners David Nygren (left) and Arie Shoshani. Nygren was honored for his distinguished development of instrumentation in particle

Five Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Awards

Five Berkeley Lab researchers were on a list of 61 winners announced this week as recipients of the fourth Early Career Research Program managed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. They include Aydin Buluç, Felix Fischer, Daniel Haxton, Alexander Hexemer, Dominique Loque, Gabriel Orebi Gann, and George Pau.