Laureates

2016 The Berkeley Lab Prize – Lifetime Achievement Award: MIQUEL SALMERON

For scientific advances and leadership in studying materials surface and interfaces for energy applications and the development of requisite in-situ characterization tools

2016 Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement

The Berkeley Lab Citation: MICHAEL CHARTOCK

For his impressive ability to tackle any problem that came to Berkeley Lab, always contributing generously, effectively and with great devotion to the institution over the course of his long career.

The Berkeley Lab Citation: JUSTIN HARTY

For the exceptional goals he accomplished in the areas of improving resource management and efficiency, for his success in forming partnerships across organizational/departmental boundaries and for his significant contributions to the DOE system.

Early Scientific Career: HARI KRISHNAN

For sustained and exceptional efforts in software architecture and technical management over a prolonged period that have helped numerous science projects meet key objectives and deliverables, and have increased the visibility of lab science programs to DOE and the scientific community.

Early Scientific Career: YAN LIANG

For innovations that will enable the transformation of the field of plant synthetic biology while providing novel approaches for crop engineering to support Berkeley Lab and DOE’s missions related to sustainability, food and energy.

Early Scientific Career: OLIVER RUEBEL

For the conception, design, and implementation of the OpenMSI system, an award-winning exemplary cross-divisional effort enabling breakthrough science through a combination of technologies for data and computing.

Early Scientific Career: HARUKO WAINWRIGHT

For pioneering zonation-based estimation methodologies, with a focus on novel approaches that use geophysical data and their application to DOE challenges in environmental remediation, carbon cycle, and water resources.

Operations: F$M PHASE IIA PROJECT TEAM

CHUCK AXTHELM
MICHELLE BENNETT
VIK BHATIA
CRAIG CHALLBORN
DAVID GALBREATH
BRIDGET HAVERTY
MINH HUEBNER
MARIA-CORAZON HUTCHINS
JANET LEONG
ANNA LOSEV
HARISH MOHAN
KAREN SALVINI
ANASTASIA SCHILLER
KAMESWARA UPADHYAYULA
ELIJAH WALKER, III
PHIL WEISS

 

 

 

 

For successfully leading and delivering a comprehensive re-implementation of LBNL’s financial system and reporting data warehouse on schedule, in scope and within budget, which provides improved financial information, services and risk mitigation to support the Lab’s research mission.

Operations/Safety: WANG HALL (CRT PROJECT) ENERGIZATION TEAM

NICK BARTLETT
ELIZABETH BAUTISTA
JEFF BROUGHTON
DOUG BURKHARDT
TINA DECLERCK
STEPHANIE COLLINS
THOMAS DAVIS
BRENT DRANEY
KATHY EIDSON
STEVE FILIPPOFF
JEFF GROUNDS
JIM HASLAM
JACK HEFFERNAN
SCOTT HOBBS
LISA HUNT
ERNIE JEW
KATHERINE JOHNSON
GLENN KERIN
MIKE KINCAID
TODD LABERGE
KEITH LAFORGA
MIKE LEE
MIKE MAGUIRE
JIM MURPHY
DENNIS NIELSEN
BERNARD RUFFENACH
MARK SCOTT
DARREL SHAW
SHEREE SWANSON
QUANG TRAN
STAN TUHOLSKI
MARV VELANTE
STEVE WARNER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The safe and successful energization of Wang Hall and the Cori computer was made possible by the close teamwork and integration of contributors from across NERSC, Facilities, EH&S, Protective Services and Procurement.

Outreach/Diversity: JAVIER CEJA-NAVARRO

For outstanding contributions to the dissemination of Berkeley Lab science locally, nationally and globally to the public, students, scientists and other stakeholders, and for significant efforts to extend outreach activities to underrepresented minorities.

Scientific: EVA NOGALES

For elucidating the structure and function of the complex macromolecular machine affecting the initiation of transcription – a fundamental cellular process and major point of gene expression regulation – using cryo-electron microscopy.

Scientific: ALS INFRARED BEAMLINE TEAM

HANS A. BECHTEL
MICHAEL C. MARTIN

 

For the development of Synchrotron Infrared Nano-Spectroscopy (SINS).

Service: BERKELEY LAB MICROBIOME INITIATIVE TEAM

JIM BRISTOW
EOIN BRODIE
PETER NICO
TRENT NORTHEN
SUSANNAH TRINGE

 

 

For exemplary efforts to enhance microbiome research across Berkeley Lab and the nation, for crafting a vision for microbiome research that integrates Biosciences and Earth and Environmental Science Areas, and for their important contribution to the formulation of the national microbiome initiative.

Societal Impact: ALISO CANYON

BARRY FREIFELD
PRESTON JORDAN
CURTIS OLDENBURG
LEHUA PAN

 

For their contributions to solving the 2015 Aliso Canyon well blowout disaster in Southern California, and to making future natural gas storage profoundly safer through their insistence that regulations require two or more barriers to contain gas pressure in wells.

Societal Impact: WILLIAM JAGUST

For giving hope for a cure to Alzheimer’s Disease through pioneering studies elucidating its mechanisms, differentiating its symptoms from normal aging, developing clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and communicating this work to the public.

Technology Transfer: CINDERBIO TEAM

JILL FUSS
STEVEN YANNONE

With diligence, resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skill, the CinderBio team transitioned basic enzyme research into green, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable replacements for harsh chemicals used in industrial processes.

Tech Transfer: MICHAEL TUCKER

In recognition of his efforts to develop industrially-relevant technology and transfer it out of Berkeley Lab for commercialization, and his recent leadership in fostering entrepreneurial mindset and skills among Berkeley Lab researchers.

2015 Berkeley Lab Prize – Lifetime Achievement Award

Ulrich Dahmen

Director Paul Alivisatos presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Uli Dahmen.
Director Paul Alivisatos presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Uli Dahmen.

Peter Denes

Director Paul Alivisatos presents Peter Denes with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Director Paul Alivisatos presents Peter Denes with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ken Downing

Director Paul Alivisatos presents Kenneth Dowling's Lifetime Achievement Award to Eva Nogales, who accepts in Dowling's absence.
Director Paul Alivisatos presents Kenneth Downing’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Eva Nogales, who accepts in Downing’s absence.

2015 Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement

Berkeley Lab Citation:

Eleanor Blakely Zizka

Director Alivisatos presents the Berkeley Lab Citation to Eleanor Blakely Zizka.
Director Alivisatos presents the Berkeley Lab Citation to Eleanor Blakely Zizka.

Lynn Rippe

Director Alivisatos presents the Berkeley Lab Citation to Lynn Rippe.
Director Alivisatos presents the Berkeley Lab Citation to Lynn Rippe.

Michael Zisman

Director Alivisatos presents a posthumous Berkeley Lab Citation to Michael Zisman. Michael's wife Andrea accepts the award.
Director Alivisatos presents a posthumous Berkeley Lab Citation to Michael Zisman. Michael’s wife Andrea accepts the award.

Early Scientific Career: Corinne Scown

ALD Kathy Yelick presents the Director’s Award for Early Scientific Achievement to Corinne Scown. Tom McKone accepts on Corinne’s behalf.
ALD Kathy Yelick presents the Director’s Award for Early Scientific Achievement to Corinne Scown. Tom McKone accepts on Corinne’s behalf.

Early Scientific Career: Alexander Hexamer, Cheng Wang, Eric Schaible

ALD Kathy Yelick presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Early Career Scientific Achievement to Cheng Want and Eric Schaible (Alex Hexamer not present).
ALD Kathy Yelick presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Early Career Scientific Achievement to Cheng Want and Eric Schaible (Alex Hexamer not present).

Scientific: Christoph Steier and Arnaud Madur

ALD Don DePaolo presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement to Christoph Steier and Arnaud Madur.
ALD Don DePaolo presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement to Christoph Steier and Arnaud Madur.

Scientific: Rich Celestre, David Kilcoyne, Stefano Marchesini, David Shapiro, Tolek Tyliszczak, Tony Warwick, Lee Yang

ALD James Symons presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement to Rich Celestre, David Kilcoyne, Stefano Marchesini, David Shapiro, Tolek Tyliszczak, Tony Warwick and Lee Yang.
ALD James Symons presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement to Rich Celestre, David Kilcoyne, Stefano Marchesini, David Shapiro, Tolek Tyliszczak, Tony Warwick and Lee Yang.

Operations: Kim Williams, Lon Freeman, Jeff Blair, Glenn Kubiak, Ray Miskelley, Ken Reicher

Deputy Director Horst Simon presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in Operations to Kim Williams, Lon Freeman, Jeff Blair, Glenn Kubiak, Ray Miskelley And Ken Reicher.
Deputy Director Horst Simon presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in Operations to Kim Williams, Lon Freeman, Jeff Blair, Glenn Kubiak, Ray Miskelley And Ken Reicher.

Operations: Eli Dart and Brent Draney

Deputy Director Horst Simon (right) presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in Operations to Eli Dart (center) and Brent Draney (left) (2015)
Deputy Director Horst Simon (right) presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in Operations to Eli Dart (center) and Brent Draney (left) (2015)

Safety: Scott Taylor

Chief Operations Officer Glenn Kubiak presents the Director’s Exceptional Safety Achievement Award to Scott Taylor.
Chief Operations Officer Glenn Kubiak presents the Director’s Exceptional Safety Achievement Award to Scott Taylor.

Service: James Sethian

ALD Kathy Yelick presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Service Achievement to James Sethian. David Brown accepts on Jamie’s behalf.
ALD Kathy Yelick presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Service Achievement to James Sethian. David Brown accepts on Jamie’s behalf.

Diversity: Deborah Agarwal

Director Alivisatos presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Diversity Achievement to Deborah Agarwal.
Director Alivisatos presents the Director’s Award for Exceptional Diversity Achievement to Deborah Agarwal.

Service: Steve Greenberg

Chief Operations Officer Glenn Kubiak presents the Director’s Exceptional Service Achievement Award to Steve Greenberg.
Chief Operations Officer Glenn Kubiak presents the Director’s Exceptional Service Achievement Award to Steve Greenberg.

Outreach: Sarah Richardson

Chief Operations Officer Glenn Kubiak presents the Director’s Exceptional Outreach Achievement Award to Sarah Richardson.
Chief Operations Officer Glenn Kubiak presents the Director’s Exceptional Outreach Achievement Award to Sarah Richardson.