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Archives for September 2011

Nominations for Lab Employee Recognition Program Accepted Through Oct. 31

Beginning on Oct. 1, nominations will be accepted for the Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement and The Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Awards. These new awards, announced on Sept. 21, have been established by Director Paul Alivisatos to recognize teams and individuals for significant accomplishments advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Any Lab employee may submit a nomination. Nomination forms and eligibility criteria are available here and are due by Oct. 31. Honorees will be announced in February, and acknowledged at a Lab awards ceremony and reception. More>

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Foundry, NCEM Hold Joint User Meeting Next Week; Register Now

Berkeley Lab employees are invited to register for this year’s joint Molecular Foundry and NCEM Users’ Meeting Oct. 5 and 6. The event features invited speakers from industry, academia, and DOE, as well as selected science highlight talks from Foundry and NCEM users. A lively poster session, student poster awards, numerous topical workshops, 25 vendors, and a vendor drawing round out the program. More>

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Oct. 6 Meeting on Computational Partnerships with HEP, BER, BES and NP

A Lab-wide informational meeting on funding opportunities under DOE’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) Program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Building 50 Auditorium. All staff interested in learning more about the solicitations for proposals for partnerships involving FES, HEP, BER, BES and NP are invited to attend the meeting, which will be led by Esmond Ng of the Computational Research Division. The solicitations can be found here.

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Goodbye to the Tevatron

Today is the last day for Fermilab’s mighty Tevatron collider, closing after more than two decades at the forefront of high-energy physics. At noon Pacific Time (2 p.m. Central), Fermilab will provide a live half-hour broadcast from the control rooms of the accelerator and the CDF and DZero experiments, as the collider and its experiments shut down. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone acts as host of the broadcast and extends a special welcome to the numerous particle and accelerator physicists around the world who have worked with the Tevatron. Visit this interactive website for more about Tevatron history and its legacy.

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Guest House Celebrate Second Birthday Tomorrow

Lab employees working tomorrow are invited to stop by the Guest House and help celebrate its second birthday. Free coffee and tea will be served in the lobby and the second floor Bay View community room. Tomorrow also marks a change in the per diem rate, which has been lowered to $99 per night.

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BERC Energy Symposium Call for Posters

The 2011 BERC Energy Symposium is accepting submissions for this year’s Innovation Expo poster session. The BERC Energy Symposium Innovation Expo provides exposure for our community’s latest energy and resources breakthroughs in the fields of science, engineering, policy, economics, and others. We anticipate approximately 80 posters from researchers at Berkeley and LBNL and from our colleagues across the U.S. and abroad. Submit an abstract with your name, project title and 150-word description by Monday, Oct. 3 to expo@berc.berkeley.edu. More>

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Site Environmental Report for 2010 Now Available

Berkeley Lab has published its 2010 Site Environmental Report. The report is prepared annually and documents the Lab’s performance in reducing its environmental impacts, steady progress toward cleaning up the site, and compliance with applicable Department of Energy, federal, state, and local environmental regulations.

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HR Benefits October Events Calendar Posted

To assist staff in tracking its upcoming events, the HR Benefits Group produces a monthly calendar, and the October edition is now available. Flu Clinic at Health Services, new employee and postdoc benefits orientations, CARE Services Stress Management Workshop, a special, one-day-only Fidelity Quarterly Market Update, as well as other financial planning presentations from Fidelity Retirement Services, the annual Lab Runaround and the beginning of the Health Benefits Open Enrollment are among next month’s offerings. Contact benefits@lbl.gov for more information.

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Berkeley Lab Tests Cookstoves for Haiti

The developers of the fuel-efficient Berkeley-Darfur Stove for refugee camps in central Africa are at it again, this time evaluating inexpensive metal cookstoves for the displaced survivors of last year’s deadly earthquake in Haiti. Scientists from Berkeley Lab have teamed up with students from the UC Berkeley to run a series of efficiency tests comparing the traditional Haiti cookstove with a variety of low-cost, commercially available alternatives. The long-term goal is to find the safest and most fuel-efficient stove — or to design a new one that would win favor with the cooks of Haiti — and tap the resources of nonprofit aid organizations to subsidize its manufacture in local metal shops. Go here to read more and view a slideshow.

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Unlocking the Secret of Cellulose Deconstruction

Running a molecular dynamics simulation with atomistic details is like directing a vast crowd shot in a movie. So says Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Jhih-Wei Chu. His crowd shots consist of thousands of molecular actors and take months to run even on the world’s best supercomputers. Although the action occurs at a scale invisible to the human eye, the outcome could have a dramatic impact on biofuel production. Chu’s simulation required around one million CPU hours at NERSC. More>

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