Here at Berkeley Lab, a sense of community has always been one of our greatest strengths, and we must take care to nurture it every day, through our collaborative work, our relationships, and our daily actions.
As our pandemic shelter-in-place reaches the one-year mark, we are sometimes tempted to be short with colleagues, or to be less than generous in our interactions. Email, especially, is a tempting medium to vent our frustrations. I have even seen instances at the Lab of “flaming” colleagues via email. Remember to always use email carefully; here are some useful email reminders shared by the IDEA office.
Community is also an important way to build our future. The Lab community’s input to develop a science vision for the Charter Hill Materials and Chemistry Campus is such an example, as is our new Data Policy Working Group, which will incorporate input from all research areas and other functions to develop Lab policy on data issues. Both are described below. We also try to give each other a helping hand; read a story below below about mentoring programs in the Computing Sciences and other Areas.
Outside the Lab, we are also building community. We are working with the other national labs in the Bay Area to connect with industry through the LINC initiative. We are finding out where our former postdocs are now working — whether they are now in industry, academic institutions, or government agencies — and are planning to reconnect with them.
I hope you will join me in looking daily for ways to build community at the Lab and beyond.
Deputy Laboratory Director for Research
Chief Research Officer