The Biosciences Area encourages the use of the Berkeley Lab SPOT Recognition Award program to acknowledge and reward outstanding individual and/or team workplace contributions that occur on a day-to-day basis. Contributions should positively impact the stewardship, quality, cost, service, safety, or resource utilization of an organizational unit, team, or department. The Biosciences Area Leadership has released guidelines for appropriate SPOT award amounts commensurate with various achievements to better streamline and unify our recognition process. Recently, Human Resources has increased the total an individual can receive in one fiscal year to $2,000. Please review the guidelines for this valuable program.
The Biosciences Area partners with Biotech Partners (BP), a non-profit with the mission of educating underserved youth in the Bay Area through personal, academic, and professional development experiences that increase participation in higher education and improve access to fulfilling science careers. In 2018 the Biosciences Area provided internships to seven Biotech Partners high school students.
We are looking for mentors who have a strong commitment to teaching a high school student. The mentor has to be physically present throughout their internship (June 17 – August 10, 2019), provide training, monitor their work, sign off timesheets, etc. If you are interested in mentoring but will be away part of the internship period, you may consider co-mentoring with a colleague. Mentors must express their interest by April 10, 2019. Learn more.
Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell has initiated the 2020 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program and released the call for proposals. Activities and deadlines specific to the Biosciences Area are included on this schedule; any changes and updates will be posted there. For the FY2020 cycle, a first subset of proposals will be reviewed … Read more »
In order to meet the Strategic Partnerships Office’s (SPO’s) new five business day requirement, which went into effect on December 1, 2018, the Biosciences Area has developed the following Area-specific proposal submission guidelines: Submission Type: Complex * Submission Type: Standard Action Deadlines – Business days prior to sponsor due date (or lead organization due date if … Read more »
On July 16-17, 2018, Berkeley Lab hosted a workshop on opportunities to develop new materials made by biology that focused on inorganic and organic/inorganic composites. This event brought together researchers from across the lab to identify areas for collaborative research that bridge biology, chemistry, materials science, and computing. The workshop was held in anticipation of two recent workshops, one each hosted by the Department of Energy and Department of Defense, to develop a Berkeley Lab perspective for these types of materials. Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Peter Fischer, and Jay Keasling hosted the two-day meeting. The workshop report, which was compiled based on participant discussions and was reviewed by the participants, is now available for download.