UC President Janet Napolitano will visit the Lab on Thursday, June 20 to learn about current research efforts and speak with employees. Her visit will include a live-streamed town hall with Lab employees beginning at 1:15 p.m.
As part of the visit, she will be learning how the Lab is addressing the critical needs of California, including discussions on wildfires, air quality, water and energy, and carbon neutrality. In addition, she will tour Cyclotron Road to discuss innovation, the new Integrative Genomics Building to better understand bioenergy, and how high performance computing through NERSC is driving transformational breakthroughs in science.
As UC President, Napolitano leads the University of California system, including our lab and two other DOE national labs, 10 UC campuses, and five UC medical centers.
She is interested in learning about how research with international colleagues can coexist with the United State’s need to protect its investment in technology, and how research can safeguard key infrastructure items such as water and power from cyber threats. She is also interested in understanding how research can be translated into new businesses that benefit the public good.
Lab Director Mike Witherell will host Napolitano in a town hall conversation beginning at 1:15 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium that will be live -streamed due to seating limitations in the auditorium. Employees at offsite locations are encouraged to join the viewing of the town hall, as follows:
Biosciences – 717 Potter Street, Gray Auditorium
JBEI – 5885 Hollis Street, 978-4111-CR Lobby Conference Rm.
JGI – 2800 Mitchell Drive, B100-149B
OCFO – 6401 Hollis Street, Room B971
Napolitano last visited the Lab in October 2013, shortly after she began as UC President. Prior to that, she served as the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and as a two-term governor of Arizona.