|Message from Carol
What an exciting time it is to be at Berkeley Lab. For two years in a row, we have been recognized by the DOE for a high level of performance. Our scientific capabilities are extremely broad, and we are making contributions to national priorities on many fronts.
With these national priorities come research opportunities, with a number of calls emerging from the Office of Science, including the Energy Earthshot Research Centers, the Biopreparedness Research Virtual Environment initiative, and the Accelerate Innovations in Emerging Technologies initiative. With DOE-Science Laboratories Infrastructure (SLI) funding that is available to us because of our reputation in project execution, we are making significant investments in our infrastructure, which will help us retain our leadership position in years to come.
We are also investing in new research initiatives…and in you. In this issue of Research News, you will read about the Lab Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program’s current call for proposals, and a story about how it has helped to speed up the design and development of plasma-based accelerators and transformed the careers of scientists. You will read about the work of the Career Pathways Office, which is working hard to provide training and professional development resources to postdocs and early career scientists so that they can be successful in whatever career path they choose. And you will read about Akanksha Menon, a former postdoc and now assistant professor at Georgia Tech, who took advantage of these resources while she was here. Whatever your chosen path is – continuing to work at Berkeley Lab, or in academia, government, or industry (including as an entrepreneur) – there are many ways for you to make a difference.
I look forward to having further conversations with you about how to seek and create opportunities for the Lab and for yourselves, and how to best support you in your work.