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Berkeley Lab Director Announces Intention to Step Down

After six years as Lab Director, Paul Alivisatos announced he will leave his position once a successor can be recruited to lead the Lab. Alivisatos will return to his research and teaching activities as a senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division and as a faculty member on the UC Berkeley campus.

President Obama Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists

President Obama named four Berkeley Lab-affiliated researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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.”

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.

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 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.

Two Berkeley Lab Researchers Elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of two Berkeley Lab researchers to this year’s class of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries. They were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Representing Berkeley Lab this year are James Berger from the Physical Biosciences Division and James Sethian from the Computational Research Division.

Four Berkeley Lab Researchers Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Four Berkeley Lab scientists have been elected to the 2013 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary society founded in 1780 to recognize leading “thinkers and doers.” The new members affiliated with Berkeley Lab are Frances Hellman and Don Tilley of the Materials Sciences Division and Chemical Sciences Division respectively, Susan Marqusee of the Physical Biosciences Division, and Hitoshi Murayama of the Physics Division.

In Memoriam: George Gidal, Distinguished Physicist

George Gidal, an experimental particle physicist who was an important participant in many of the discoveries of the 20th century that gave us a nearly complete picture of fundamental interactions, died March 1 in Berkeley.