2019 Director’s Awards for Lifetime Achievement
2019 The Berkeley Lab Prize – Lifetime Achievement Award: SUSAN CELNIKER
Citation: In recognition of Sue Celniker’s leadership and innovation in the areas of genetics and genomics, groundbreaking contributions in the characterization of RNAs, and for over 20 years of dedicated service to the Lab.
2019 The Berkeley Lab Prize – Lifetime Achievement Award: THOMAS E. MCKONE
Citation: In honor of a lifetime of novel, integrated path-breaking research achievements in the field of Exposure Science that have enabled transformational solutions for environmental challenges and created advanced new tools for scientific discovery, as well as human health and safety.
2019 Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement
Citation: In recognition of Tom Gallant’s role in planning and implementing many initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion among Berkeley Lab’s communities.
Citation: For Heather Crawford’s ground-breaking research into the structure of weakly bound nuclei with extreme neutron excess and contributions to the Gamma-Ray Energy Tracking Array – GRETA – Berkeley Lab’s latest flagship instrument for the Nation’s Nuclear Physics Program.
Citation: For Ian Pong’s technical and managerial excellence in pushing Nb3Sn superconductors and cables toward their performance limits in support of high-energy physics colliders and fusion-energy facilities through the U.S. Magnet Development Program and U.S. High-Luminosity LHC Accelerator Upgrade Project.
2019 Operations: ALS SMOKE EXHAUST SYSTEM REHABILITATION TEAM: BEN BOLLES, BENJAMIN AGAS, CHRISTOPHER WEYANDT, DARREL SHAW, GWOJEN FUNG, JOHN CLARK, NICK BARTLETT, OREN RIEGER, ROBERT ALFORD, SHAWN BAIRD
Citation: In recognition of the Smoke Exhaust System Rehabilitation Team’s successful rehabilitation and commissioning of the Advanced Light Source’s 30-year-old smoke exhaust system, including their ability to execute it under-budget and ahead of schedule, without incident, interruption, or impact to the science programs.
Citation: In recognition of Romy Chakraborty’s extensive service as a mentor for programs that engage under-represented groups in science, and for her significant contribution to outreach that aims to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields.
Citation: For Miaw-Sheue Tsai’s exceptional care and dedication for over nearly two decades to teach and train over 90 high school students and undergraduates, many of whom have gone on to career success in biosciences and medicine.
Citation: In recognition of Joe Saba’s advocacy for safety, engineering expertise, and dedication to ensuring safe research operations in support of science across the Berkeley Lab and at remote research sites.
Citation: In recognition of Eric Esarey’s outstanding contributions to the science and technology of advanced accelerator concepts, and for his pioneering theoretical research in the physics of laser-plasma accelerators that has helped to enable the success of the BELLA Center.
Citation: Len Pennacchio is recognized for exceptional scientific contributions toward our understanding of the functions of non-coding DNA in the human genome, and for providing cutting edge genomic technologies to thousands of JGI users to advance DOE-mission science.
Citation: In recognition of Tony Warwick’s outstanding service in the area of x-ray optics and beam line design in support of the mission of Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source.
Citation: In honor of Martha Condon’s exceptional and versatile service to the Laboratory over her four decade career as the lead administrator at the startup of multiple new and on-going research programs in support of the DOE mission.
Citation: In recognition of Nihar Shah’s visionary leadership and groundbreaking research on the co-benefits of increasing air-conditioning energy efficiency combined with the phaseout of hydroflourocarbons. His research contributed directly to changing the course of global environmental policy and unlocking millions in investment.
Citation: In recognition of Boris Faybishenko’s expert advice and leadership of national and international panels associated with a wide range of contamination challenges, including Chernobyl and DOE legacy waste sites, that have led to major impacts on environmental cleanup protecting health, safety, and the environment.
Citation: In recognition of the Residential Ventilation Team’s scientific research and development of technologies, practices, and standards for residential ventilation that have made millions of homes healthier and more comfortable.
Citation: In recognition of how Brett Helms’s dedication to technology transfer – participating in customer discovery, securing follow-on funding, developing industry relationships, and exploring lab-to-market models – has advanced his transformative science supporting EV/grid reliability and a circular economy.