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Monday, August 9, 2010


Ashok Gadgil New Director of Environmental Energy Technologies Division

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Effective immediately, Ashok Gadgil has been appointed Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD). Gadgil, who has been Acting Director of EETD since previous director Arun Majumdar was chosen to head DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy in 2009, is a recognized researcher and inventor and a humanitarian renowned for such as inventions as UC Waterworks and the Darfur stove.

In announcing the appointment, Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos wrote, “As Division Director, Gadgil’s leadership on energy and environmental research and his projects bringing solutions to the developing world will continue to align the division well with Berkeley Lab’s energy and environmental initiatives. Please join me in congratulating Ashok and in wishing him well in this important leadership position.” More>

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Climate Survey: Employee Survey Results Are In

A survey of nearly 3,000 employees indicates we enjoy our work and take pride in our association with Berkeley Lab and its mission. On the other hand, bureaucracy, parking and staff development are areas where there is work to be done. Learn more about the Berkeley Lab 2010 Climate Survey.

Special Event: Carbon Smackdown Visualizes Clean Energy

green computersThe final Carbon Smackdown match takes place today at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Juan Meza of the Computational Research Division will reveal how scientists use computer visualizations to accelerate climate research and discuss the development of next-generation clean energy technologies such as wind turbines and solar cells. The talk will be webcast live. You can also go there to watch previous Smackdown lectures.

Research: New Study Sheds Light on U.S. Wind-Power Market

Wind-PowerThe U.S. was one of the fastest-growing wind-power markets in the world in 2009, second only to China, according to a new Berkeley Lab report. Wind-power additions in the United States set a new record in 2009, with 10 gigawatts of new capacity installed, representing a $21 billion investment. The report was written by Ryan Wiser and Mark Bolinger of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. They also found that a growing percentage of U.S. wind-turbine equipment is being manufactured domestically. Download the report here.

Jonathan CarterPeople: NERSC's Jonathan Carter Named Deputy for Computing Sciences

Jonathan Carter, who has the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's (NERSC's) User Services Group since 2005, has been named as the new Computing Sciences Deputy, succeeding Michael Banda, who joined the Advanced Light Source earlier this year. Carter was one of the first new employees hired when NERSC moved to Berkeley Lab in 1996. More>

Employee Activity: Onsite Blood Drive Tomorrow

The Philanthropy Club will host a blood drive Tuesday, August 10th. The Bloodmobile will be at the Cafeteria parking lot from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please register for your appointment online (sponsor code is LBL). Donation rules have changed recently, so if you previously didn't qualify, you may now. Please stop by and check; your blood could help save lives. First-time donors are welcome! For questions (or encouragement) please call Heather Pinto (x4181).

Employee Activity: See Your Artwork on This Year's Runaround T-Shirt Runaround T-Shirt

The Employee Activities Association is already making preparations for the 33rd Runaround, the Lab's annual fun race, including a contest for the Runaround t-shirt design. Send your submission here as a JPEG or PDF file. Be sure to include your employee and phone numbers and a brief description of your design. Deadline is Friday, Aug. 20, with the winner announced in late September. Pictured is last year's winning design by Serafin Colmenares from the Department of Genome Dynamics.

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