Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Wondering how to stuff the genie back into the bottle?

From Anonymous:

"The University of California basked in accolades from federal officials and itself Tuesday after winning at least five more years at the helm of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a contract for which there was no other bidder."
By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER,

"Because of its outstanding work, including 10 Nobel Prizes won by its scientists, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has helped ensure U.S. scientific leadership for more than 60 years, Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman said. This contract award will allow LBNL and its outstanding researchers and staff to seamlessly continue their work as they set new standards of scientific excellence."
"Today at Berkeley Lab,"

Jeezus H., people. Lets be aware of a couple of real-world facts here. 1 -- There were no other bidders, because, 2 -- UC owns the land that UC Berkeley sits on. What bidder in their right mind would submit a bid for that particular national lab? Regardless though, we've got UC President Bobby Dynes "basking in the glow of accolades" for winning the contract.

Meanwhile, back at LANL, it's "mum's the word". Problems at LANL? UC to LANL PR Office: "SQUELCH IT!! Do NOT let ANY bad news about LANL escape!"

In the mean time UCOP is visiting the blog ( dozens of times a day, reading and re-reading stories like

What in the world is UCOP doing? Wondering how to stuff the genie back into the bottle?

It won't work, guys. You'd be far better off just biting the bullet, admitting how badly you screwed up with respect to have chosen and supported Nanos, and announce his imminent departure.

Yeah, right. Like UC is going to start doing the right thing now.

Yes people are looking and apparently finding a few good jobs out there.


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Sallie Keller-McNulty, group leader for the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will become the new dean of Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering in July.

Keller-McNulty succeeds C. Sidney Burrus, who after seven years serving as dean is retiring from that position and as a tenured professor, but will continue teaching, writing and working with Rice's new Connexions project.

“Choosing as an academic dean a group leader at Los Alamos may seem an out-of-the-box choice,” Rice President David W. Leebron said. “However, engineering needs out-of-the-box thinkers, and Rice and its engineering school have them. Our search committee, chaired superbly by Dean Kathleen Matthews, produced an outstanding group of finalists, and we selected the best for Rice.”
There goes one of the good group leaders. Sally was a rarity: a well-respected, technically qualified GL who was also good at sheltering her staff from the numbing administrivia that has been growing by leaps and bounds under Nanos' reign.

Way to go, UC: you drove off another good one.
This is a great loss for the Lab!

Probably one of many to come...
Not to sound stupid or anything but exactly who is UCOP and how can your tell that they're visiting frequently? Sorry to ask a stupid question but I'm curious.
UCOP is the University of California, Office of the President. You can see who is on the blog (to the level of domain, but not individual host) and what they are reading by first clicking on the sidebar link named "Current Graph of Hits on this Blog" which will take to to a hit counter web page. Then click on either "By Details" or "Who's On?"
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