Chief of DOE Science resigns

Chief of DOE Science resigns

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, the head of the Department of Energy’s science office, has announced her resignation from the agency at the end of the month. This comes nearly two years after her Senate confirmation. In an email to staff last week, Berhe expressed her appreciation for her time in the role, stating that it has been the honor of her lifetime to lead one of the largest scientific workforces in the country.

Berhe’s departure is set for March 28, and she shared her feelings of sadness and gratitude as she steps down from her position as director of DOE’s Office of Science. She will be succeeded by Harriet Kung, who currently serves as the deputy director for science programs in the Office of Science. Kung will assume the role of acting director following Berhe’s departure.

This leadership change marks a significant transition within the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Berhe’s departure will undoubtedly impact the direction and priorities of the agency’s scientific programs. As the science community reacts to this news, there will likely be a period of adjustment as Kung takes on her new role and navigates the responsibilities that come with leading such a large scientific workforce. Despite the challenges that lie ahead, there is optimism that the Office of Science will continue to make valuable contributions to the advancement of scientific research and innovation in the United States.

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