The Director’s Awards program recognizes significant achievements of Berkeley Lab employees. Each year, these awards are given for accomplishments, leadership, collaboration, multi-disciplinary science, cross-divisional projects, and commitment to excellence in support of the Lab’s mission and strategic goals.

The 2016 recipients of the Director’s Achievement Awards were recognized this month. To see a complete list of past and current recipients, go to the Director’s Awards webpage.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area!

Outreach/DiversityJavier Ceja Navarro

Javier Ceja Navarro
For outstanding contributions to the dissemination of Berkeley Lab science locally, nationally and internationally to the public, students, scientists and other stakeholders and for significant efforts to extend outreach activities to under represented minorities.

Societal ImpactBarry Freifeld, Preston Jordan, Curt Oldenburg, and Lehua Pan
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For their contributions to solving the Aliso Canyon well blowout disaster in Southern California, and to making future natural gas storage profoundly safer through insistence that regulations require two or more barriers to contain gas pressure in wells.

Service Achievement based on Microbes to BiomesEoin Brodie, Peter Nico, and folks from BSA (not pictured)

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For exemplary efforts to enhance microbiome research across Berkeley Lab and the nation, to build an integrative facility, and to establish Berkeley Lab’s leading role in understanding, predicting, and harnessing critical microbiomes for fuel, food, environmental security and human health.

Early CareerHaruko Wainwright

Dr. Wainwright is nominated 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 (Wainwright et al., 2014; 2015; 2016).