Regents Approve Salary Increase for Berkeley Lab Director

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The UC Board of Regents voted this morning to approve a merit increase in the salary of Paul Alivisatos, the director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The 3.2 percent increase will retroactively affect Alivisatos' base annual salary starting October 2010, increasing it from $417,155 to $430,504. The Department of Energy funds the director's salary.

Jeff Miller, spokesperson for the lab, said the decision to increase Alivisatos' salary came before President Barack Obama called for a salary freeze on federal employees. The reason he is only now receiving the increase is due to the scheduling of the regents' meeting as well as the evaluation process for the increase, Miller said.

Additionally, the regents voted to approve the appointment of Donald DePaolo to the position of Associate Laboratory Director of Energy and Environmental Sciences. DePaolo was appointed to be the Acting Associate Laboratory Director of Energy and Environmental Sciences in 2007. The board approved $334,000 for DePaolo's compensation, $4,000 of which comes from state funds for his role of director of the Center for Isotope Geochemistry at UC Berkeley. The remainder will be paid for by the University of California's contract with the Department of Energy.

Claire Perlman is the lead research and ideas reporter. Contact her at [email protected]

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