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Archives for January 2012

DOE Labs, Industry Workshop on Moving Energy Discoveries to the Marketplace

The network of national laboratories run by the Department of Energy has spawned countless scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs in the last 80 years. Now with the global economic climate more competitive than ever and the need for energy solutions more urgent, the labs are looking to develop closer ties with industry in an effort to speed up the pace at which discoveries reach the marketplace. To kick off the conversation Berkeley Lab is hosting a three-day “Materials for Energy Applications” workshop. The conference will be an opportunity for representatives from all 17 DOE laboratories to have in-depth discussions with dozens of representatives from the private sector. More>

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From Cancer Research to Energy Storage, Postdoc Takes on Big Challenges

Rizia Bardhan, a postdoctoral researcher in Jeff Urban’s lab at the Molecular Foundry, recently earned a spot on Forbes’ list of 30 people under 30 who are rising stars in science. On a typical day, she immerses herself in the tricky business of tweaking optical spectroscopy equipment to study phase transitions in metal hydrides. It’s fair to say that what she does is difficult to grasp. Why she does it is easy: “I want to help solve big problems. That’s why I’m here,” she says. More>

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Powered by NERSC, a Database of Billions of Genes

With support from NERSC, the IMG/M data management system, which supports the analysis of microbial communities sequenced by the Joint Genome Institute, crossed the boundary of 1 billion genes recorded in the system — more than any other similar system in the world. More>

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Watch Your Step to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls

Walking around Berkeley Lab can be challenging with its uneven terrain, sloping walkways, staircases, fallen leaves, pine needles, and cones. The condition is exacerbated by rainy weather and multiple construction and demolition projects. Construction materials or wind-blown debris may appear unexpectedly on pathways, which contribute to slip, trip, and fall hazards. Employees are advised to keep their eyes on the path, watch out for unanticipated obstacles, use handrails, and wear appropriate shoes with low heels and good traction soles. It is a good idea to keep an extra pair of walking shoes in your work area for use when necessary. Employees can contact the EH&S Division (x5514) regarding safety concerns and observed hazardous conditions.

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Videos From Zolotorev Symposium Now Online

Max Zolotorev of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division was the first to measure atomic parity violations — the behavior of atoms that can distinguish right from left — but he also made seminal contributions over a wide range of other disciplines. After initial work at Novosibirsk in the USSR, Zolotorev came to the US in 1989 and worked at UC Berkeley and SLAC before joining Berkeley Lab. Last October’s 70th birthday symposium in Zolotorev’s honor attracted participants from as far away as Europe and Israel. The symposium proceedings, featuring event photos, viewgraphs, and links to videos of talks on an astonishing variety of topics, are now online.

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Electrochemical Society Meeting on ‘Transport and Failure in Li-Ion Batteries’

The San Francisco Chapter of the Electrochemical Society will host its next meeting on Thursday with a talk by Stephen Harris on “Transport and Failure in Li-Ion Batteries.” Harris is with General Motors R&D, as well as a guest researcher in the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., with the presentation at 7 p.m., at the Chevron Richmond Technical Center (100 Chevron Way). Contact EETD’s Jaroslaw Syzdek, vice-president of the chapter, for more information.

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LDRD FY 2013 Call for Proposals Issued

Lab researchers are invited to submit proposals for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funding, estimated at about $21 million for the FY 2013 cycle. LDRD is one of the Lab’s principal means to seed innovative science and new research directions. Of special significance are cross-disciplinary proposals aimed at reducing human interference with the natural carbon cycle, projects from all divisions that advance the boundaries of ultrafast photon science, projects that address the integration of capabilities in the biosciences and the focused application of biological tools, and projects that address the use of large-scale computation and data science. Deadline for submission of LDRD proposals is Friday, March 23. More>

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Berkeley Lab to Develop Novel Materials for Hydrogen Storage

The biggest challenge with hydrogen-powered fuel cells lies in the storage of hydrogen: how to store enough of it, in a safe and cost-effective manner, to power a vehicle for 300 miles? Berkeley Lab is aiming to solve this problem by synthesizing novel materials with high hydrogen adsorption capacities, aided by $2.1 million in funding from the Department of Energy. “We’re working on materials called metal-organic frameworks to increase the capacity of hydrogen gas in a pressure cylinder, which would be the fuel tank,” said the Lab materials scientist Jeffrey Long, who co-leads the project with Martin Head-Gordon of the Chemical Sciences Division. More>

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Take ‘Today at Berkeley Lab’ Survey for Chance at $10 Cafeteria Gift Certificate

It’s been a little over a year since Today at Berkeley Lab switched to its online format, leveraging web technologies to improve the distribution of internal news for Lab employees. To help make the service even better, the TABL editor invites employees to take an anonymous survey about the publication. Those who want to include their e-mail address (logged separately from survey responses) will be entered into a drawing for one of four $10 gift certificates for the Lab’s Bay View Café, donated by cafeteria vendor Epicurean. Go here to take the survey.

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Profitable Ripple Effect Projected for Berkeley Lab’s Second Campus in Richmond

[New York Times] Richmond’s selection as the site of Berkeley Lab’s second campus will not only bring in millions of dollars to a struggling city, but may signal its shift into one of the most desirable business locations in the region. Richmond residents will be in a position to get some of the construction jobs. Developers are expected to construct buildings for spinoff businesses. While neighboring cities that vied for the lab were disappointed, there are no hard feelings, said Michael Caplan, with the City of Berkeley. “What the Lab has actually done is highlight the East Bay’s special position, particularly in bioscience, research and development, and the broader pipeline that exists,” he said. More>

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