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Committees and Councils

Division Scientific Advisory Council (SAC)

The Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) is composed of the program and department heads, plus ad-hoc members, and focuses on prioritizing scientific directions, ensuring the success of the programs and the Biosciences Strategic Plan, as well as recruitments and LDRD reviews. The committee is chaired by the Division Director and meets every second and forthTuesday of the month.

Auer, Manfred
Brown, Ben (James) (ad hoc)
Cademartori, Helen (ad hoc)
Celiker, Susan
Conboy, John (ad hoc)
Cooper, Priscilla (ad hoc)
Guagliardo, Ciccina (ex officio)

Jagust, William (ad hoc)
Karpen, Gary - Chair
LaBarge, Mark
Moses, William (ad hoc)
Nogales, Eva (ad hoc)
Tainer, John

Division Operations Advisory Council (OAC)

The Operations Advisory Council (OAC) is composed of the department heads and operation leads. The goal of this council is to improve bidirectional communication between scientific and operations staff to ensure that they are working in concert to address important issues related to safety, human resources, budgets, proposals and general administrative needs. The committee is chaired by Division Deputy, Operations, Helen Cademartori, and meets monthly.

Bigelow, Tracy
Cademartori, Helen - Chair
Clark, Ann (ad hoc)
Conboy, John
Cooper, Priscilla
Marietta, Peter (ad hoc)

Moses, William
Ravani, Shraddha
Salles, Lori (ex officio)
Sridharan, Deepa (ad hoc)
Tydingco Cruz, Mary (ad hoc)

Division Safety Committee

The Division Safety Committee consists of representatives of every major research group in the Genomics and Life Sciences Divisions, the Life Sciences Division Safety Coordinator, representatives of the Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) Division, and the Division representative to the Berkeley Lab Safety Review Committee. Members promote general environmental, safety and health awareness, utilization of Integrated Safety Management (ISM), and practice and serve as primary points of contact during self-assessment activities and inspections. They also provide safety guidance and offer a conduit to pass on concerns or ideas. The committee is chaired by the Life Sciences Division Safety Coordinator Shraddha Ravani and meets every final Tuesday of the month. Refer to this PDF document for a current list of representatives.

Division Staff Committee

The Division Staff Committee is advisory to the Division Director on matters related to the Division's professional research staff; develops policies and procedures; participates in annual performance review process; reviews cases for promotion (career-track and career appointments), hiring, reduction-in-force and transfer of scientific staff; as requested by Division Director, reviews employee (scientific staff) grievances; following reviews, the committee advises the Division Director on actions.

Blakely, Eleanor
Downing, Kenneth
Moses, William - Chair
Wyrobek, Andrew

Diversity Council Representatives

The Life Sciences Division strives to create and promote diversity by providing an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all participants, regardless of their race, color, ethnicity, gender, or religion; and supports the efforts of Berkeley Lab's Diversity & Inclusion Council. This council consists of Berkeley Lab employees, selected by their respective division director, to provide advice and counsel to Berkeley Lab senior management and their division management on diversity related issues. In addition, council members execute on special initiatives which strengthen the diversity culture at the Lab.

The council’s goal is to enhance the work environment to allow recruitment and retainment of a workforce that reflects the diversity of the local community, the nation and the world. The council provides a forum for identifying and sharing programs and practices that have proven their effectiveness in enhancing diversity. The Life Sciences Division is represented in the council by Shraddha Ravani and David Schild.