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Computing Sciences Women Honored for STEM Contributions

October 21, 2013

Kathy Yelick, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences, and Deborah Agarwal, head of the Computational Research Division's (CRD) Advanced Computing for Science Department, were among 15 women honored October 18 during the first annual Women@The Lab event. Sponsored by the lab’s Diversity & Inclusion Office and the Women Scientists and Engineers Council, the event highlighted the women’s contributions to science and technology as well as the lab’s commitment to diversity and its support for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

“By promoting the achievement of these 15 brilliant women, we hope to encourage a new generation of women to enter the STEM workforce,” noted Paul Alivisatos, lab director, during the event. “A big part of our success at the lab is having the incredible capacity of women participating in science coming to the forefront.”

The celebration also marked launch of the Women @ The Lab website, which features profiles of the honorees, how they became interested in a STEM career, and what inspires them in their work at Berkeley Lab.

Kathy Yelick, Associate Director of Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt.

Deb Agarwal, CRD's Advanced Computing for Sciences Department Head. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt.

Berkeley Lab Director Paul Allivisatos and Deputy Director Horst Simon with Women at the Lab honorees. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt.

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are DOE Office of Science User Facilities.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.