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Archives for November 2010

Jay Keasling Featured in Smithsonian Video

Jay Keasling, Associate Lab Director for Biosciences and CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, appears in a video on biotechnology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The video is part of en exhibit titled “Science in American Life,” which examines the relationship between science, technology, progress and culture through artifacts, historical photographs and multimedia technology. Keasling is one of four scientists interviewed for the video. In his segment he discusses synthetic biology.

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Secretary Chu Talks ‘Sputnik Moment’ at Press Club

Yesterday, Secretary Chu gave a major address at the National Press Club in which he cited recent clean technology successes by China and other industrial nations as a “Sputnik Moment” for the United States — a critical world moment when we must wake up and mobilize all of America’s ingenuity, focus and strength in order to create cost-effective clean energy technologies to power our country and economy through the next century. More>

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Rural Energy Efficiency Reduces Poverty, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In the developing world, reducing greenhouse gas emissions is often seen as being in conflict with alleviating poverty, since improving the standard of living is usually associated with increased energy use. A clean energy development initiative in rural Nicaragua, however, demonstrates that there are cost effective steps developing nations can take to reduce carbon emissions and at the same time help the rural poor reduce their energy expenses, according to researchers from UC Berkeley. More>

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Let Public Affairs Know if You’re Presenting at AAAS

Are you a researcher scheduled to present a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting Feb 17-21? If so, let Public Affairs know. This will enable the office to better organize press coverage for the event, as well as prepare Berkeley Lab’s booth and related activities. Knowing who is presenting will help Public Affairs staff coordinate plans for the meeting. Contact Pam Patterson if you are participating.

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Lab Staff Invited to Attend Berkeley Energy Resource Center Mixer

The Berkeley Energy Resource Center is hosting a mixer with Berkeley Lab researchers and graduate students from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Beckett’s (2771 Shattuck Ave.) in downtown Berkeley. This event provides scientists with an opportunity to discuss their latest work, learn about the projects of graduate students in the energy field, and potentially recruit student researchers for spring semester. Free appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Go here to register.

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Comments Feature for Today at Berkeley Lab Website Piloted

Ever wonder how your fellow employees feel about a new scientific discovery? An event? A notable announcement? In an effort to encourage communication among Lab staff, a new feature has been added to the Today at Berkeley Lab website that allows comments. Starting with stories posted today, and all future postings, staff can click the “comments” link below a story’s tags to add their feedback. Name and e-mail are required, and all comments will be moderated to prevent spam or inappropriate language. Note that the comments feature is a pilot program; its success will in large part be determined by adherence to the TABL comment policy.

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Looking at Safety Issues as Improvement Opportunities, Not Obstacles

All employees are responsible for identifying safety issues and implementing effective corrective actions to ensure that the Lab successfully meets the missions and goals set forth by the Department of Energy. The Issues Management Program is a primary resource to help staff proactively identify and resolve problems before an adverse incident occurs. Over the past year, the Issues Management Program has been strengthened, in response to a finding identified during the 2009 Health, Safety and Security (HSS) oversight review of the Lab’s Environment Health and Safety services. More»

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Traffic Reduced to One Lane on Cyclotron Road Tomorrow

Traffic crosswalk lights will be reinstalled below horseshoe curve tomorrow from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The roadway in this area will be reduced to one lane, with flaggers controlling two-way traffic.

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Women Scientists and Engineers Council Host Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 7

Lab employees are invited to attend the Lab’s Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130). The WSEC focuses on developing appropriate strategies for recruitment, retention, work-life balance, and professional development of the Lab’s women scientists and engineers. This event is hosted by the WSEC Professional Development Subgroup and provides an opportunity for socializing and networking. Send e-mail here to RSVP.

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Science Tattoo Emporium

In 2007, science writer Carl Zimmer put out a call to researchers around the world who have festooned their bodies with tattoos of their science to send in photos of their artwork. The response was, as Zimmer describes, “rabid,” so he created a special website dedicated to this unique style of body art. The “Science Tattoo Emporium,” is housed on the Discover Magazine website, and Zimmer plans to publish a book about them next fall. From weather, atoms, DNA, and the Big Bang to algorithms, the solar system, and the Periodic Table, it’s all there in colorful ink.

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