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Archives for May 2011

Biological Circuits for Synthetic Biology: Keeping it Simple

Adam Arkin, director of the Physical Biosciences Division, along with Julius Lucks and Lei “Stanley” Qi, led the development of the first RNA-based regulatory system that can independently control the transcription activities of multiple targets in a single cell. This is a significant advance for the design and construction of programmable genetic networks. Also contributing to this work were Vivek Mutalik and Denise Wang. More>

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First True Nanoscale Waveguide

Xiang Zhang, of the Materials Sciences Division, along with Ziliang Ye and Volker Sorger, led the demonstration of the first true nanoscale waveguides for next generation on-chip optical communication systems. The waveguides are based on a quasi-particle that Zhang and his group conceptualized and created called the “hybrid plasmon polariton.” These new waveguides have been used to shepherd light in both visible and near-infrared frequencies along a metal-dielectric nanostructure interface over sufficient distances for the routing of optical communication signals in photonic devices. More>

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Lab Participates in Job Fair Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee

More than 300 job seekers attended a recent job fair at Laney College in Oakland, sponsored by U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (left). Berkeley Lab was among the 30 local employers participating, with recruiters Robert Rodriquez and Jeff Todd (back left) on hand, along with Chief Human Resource Officer Vera Potapenko (right). HR has been working to increase its outreach to diverse communities, and this event was a key example of those efforts, says Rodriquez. It also provided an opportunity to tout the variety of jobs the Lab offers in addition to science positions, Todd explained. He was quoted in a KCBS story on the job fair. Go here to listen the broadcast.

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Power Outages Affect Several Buildings This Saturday and June 18

The Facilities Division is planning two building electrical outages to perform maintenance. The outages will last about 12 to 14 hours. On Saturday, June 4, these buildings will be affected: 13B, 51, 51F, 55, 55A, 56, 56A, 56W, 60, 63, 64, 81, 82, 71 Complex, and 90 complex. On Saturday, June 18, these buildings will be affected: 13A, 13E, 33B (Blackberry Kiosk), 50 complex, 54, 65, 70 complex (including 70 and 70A), and 88.

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Video of JGI Science @ the Lesher Event on ‘Mighty Microbes’

Earlier this month JGI’s Jonathan Eisen and Rachel Mackelprang and Berkeley Lab’s Terry Hazen discussed “The Deal with Carbon: How the Earth’s Mighty Microbes Respond” in Walnut Creek as part of the JGI Science @ the Theater series. Go here to see more JGI videos. During the event, JGI debuted a short video about the carbon cycle and the Berkeley Lab Carbon Cycle 2.0 initiative, created in collaboration with Illumina Visual in Emeryville. Check out the video here (starts at 19 seconds).

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Cyclotron Road Lane Closure Wednesday and Thursday

Cyclotron Road will be reduced to one lane with two-way traffic on Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2, to accommodate construction work. Minor traffic delays may result. Those traversing this area should follow flagger instruction and posted signage.

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CC 2.0 Seminar on Nanocrystal Manipulation

Delia Milliron of the Molecular Foundry will present the next CC 2.0 LDRD seminar on Friday, May 27, at 2 pm in Building 50A, Room 5132. She’ll discuss “Manipulating the Plasmon Resonance of Metal Oxide Nanocrystals for Dynamic Window Coatings.” More>

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Berkeley Lab releases BEST Dairy Energy Efficiency Benchmarking Tool

A benchmarking tool to help dairy owners and operators use energy and water as efficiently as possible in their facilities is now available. BEST Dairy was developed by scientists in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. The BEST Dairy tool allows users to calculate energy and water use intensity, and get an energy efficiency score for the facility, compared to baseline national and global dairy facilities, and it identifies measures to improve energy and water efficiency. More>

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LHC Luminosity Well Ahead of Schedule

LHC-AtlasLuminosity, as CERN’s James Gillies puts, is “how many particles we’re able to squeeze through a given space in a given time.” At 2:00 a.m. CERN time on May 22, the Large Hadron Collider achieved a record luminosity of some decillion protons per hundredth of a square centimeter per tenth of a second (10^33 cm^-2 s^-1). Originally it was thought the LHC would run at this “low” luminosity for three years at its full design energy of 14 TeV (fourteen trillion electron volts) before moving to the next stage, 10 times higher. But since the LHC is still running at only half its design energy, “this is a fantastic accomplishment,” says the Physics Division’s Michael Barnett, head of outreach for the ATLAS experiment. More>

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David Culler Appointed Faculty Director of i4Energy Center

David Culler, Professor and Chair of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, Associate Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Associate CIO of the College of Engineering has been appointed Faculty Director of the i4Energy Center. Culler is also a faculty researcher in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division’s Future Technologies Group. The mission of the i4Energy Center is to facilitate and promote research on system-integrated enabling technologies that will achieve better energy efficiency, improved demand/response, and dramatic improvements in energy distribution. More>

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