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Archives for May 2012

Study Assesses Residential Exhaust Hoods’ Ability to Vent Pollutants

Cooking exhaust hoods designed for home kitchens vary widely in their ability to capture and vent away the air pollutants generated by the gas burners on cook stoves, according to a study by two Berkeley Lab scientists. Of seven representative devices they tested, the capture efficiency varied from less than 15 percent to more than 98 percent. The study, by Woody Delp and Brett Singer of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, measured pollutant-capture efficiency, sound level generated by fans, and airflow. Cooking exhaust hoods vent such pollutants as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, formaldehyde, and fine particulates such as soot generated during cooking. More>

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Cal Astrophysicist to Talk on Importance of Diversifying American Science

UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and professor of astrophysics Gibor Basri will visit the Lab on Wednesday, June 6, to present a lecture on “The Importance and Challenges of Diversifying American Science.” The talk takes place at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Basri will discuss involving the full talent pool of Americans in the enterprise of science, and address barriers to full representation. He has served as the founding vice chancellor for equity and inclusion since 2007. His research focuses on star formation, T Tauri stars, and is a leading expert on brown dwarfs. The event is sponsored by the Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.

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June 5 Workshop on Understanding Cultural Differences

What are the key differences among the many cultures represented at the Lab? To get the most out of a multicultural team, it’s important to understand these differences and learn to collaborate effectively. Find out more at “Understanding Differences for Better Team Performance: Cultural Differences,” (BLI3002) a Berkeley Lab Learning Institute (BLI) workshop, on Tuesday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to noon in Building 15-253. You’ll analyze your own cultural style, learn multicultural communication techniques, and create an action plan to enhance your team’s interactions. Registration required.

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Rep. George Miller Learns About Biosciences, 2nd Campus During Visit

On May 24, four months after the announcement of the Richmond Field Station as Berkeley Lab’s preferred site for the proposed consolidation of the biosciences programs, Congressman and Richmond native George Miller (center) received an immersion in biosciences by Berkeley Lab leaders. Associate Lab Director Jay Keasling led an afternoon of presentations that covered JBEI, the Joint Genome Institute, the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, and the Life Sciences Division activities at Potter Street in Berkeley. Miller is pictured with Ning Sun (left) and Lan Sun. More>

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June 5 Talk on How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine

The Lab is hosting a talk by Elizabeth Berman on Tuesday, June 5, during which she’ll discuss her book “Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine.” The 10 a.m. talk in Building 90-3122 will explore how research creates new industries, drives economic growth, and keeps the U.S. globally competitive, as well as the evolution of the relationship between academia and commerce over the last few decades. This is the inaugural lecture of the Lab’s new Science and Society seminar series. More>

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Traffic Disruption Near Building 26 Entrance Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the contractor for the General Purpose Building will conduct a large concrete pour that will require numerous trucks to be lined up in the eastbound lane of McMillan. The activity will begin at about 7 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Signage and flaggers will be posted in the area to control traffic. Motorist and pedestrians should use caution.

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Lab Partnership to Foster State’s Blossoming Battery Innovation Ecosystem

CalCEF, which creates institutions and investment vehicles for the clean energy economy, and Berkeley Lab yesterday announced a partnership to launch CalCharge, a consortium uniting California’s emerging and established battery technology companies with critical academic and government resources. By bringing together the dozens of battery companies and institutions in California working on applications for consumer electronics batteries, electric/hybrid vehicle transportation and the electric grid, Berkeley Lab, CalCEF, along with other Bay Area academic institutions, aim to create a regional ecosystem for innovation in energy storage that will not only jumpstart a new era of battery technologies but also help ensure that U.S. companies succeed in this highly competitive environment. More>

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Employees Receive Safety Spot Awards

A group of employees were recently given Spot Awards recognizing their efforts to improve safety at the Lab. The awards were presented by COO Jim Krupnick and Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon. So far, about 30 Safety Spot Awards have been awarded to operations and scientific staff, with the goal of 80 for the year. This most recent group includes (last row, from l-r): Weyland Wong, Jim Krupnick, Simon Morton, Seana Summers, Gary Smith, Maria Maroudas, Tony Marquez, Lorraine Dowling, Margie Wylie, Ben Ortega, Ville Anabeza, Laurel Davis, Horst Simon, Sau Pham, Larry Guo, and Joy Fleming. Go here to nominate a co-worker for a Safety Spot Award.

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Bevatron Parking Lot to Open Tomorrow

Paving of the former Bevatron site is substantially complete and the parking lot is scheduled to open tomorrow at 8 a.m. The lot will contain approximately 250 parking spaces and will be lit with energy efficient LED fixtures. While the recently installed perimeter lighting will be powered conventionally, the interior pole-mounted area lighting will use photovoltaic panels. The lighting is scheduled for completion the second week of June. Until that time, those using the lot after dark should use caution. For more information, contact Ted Mankowski (x2012).

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HR’s Rachel Carl Races Whaleboats in Her Off Hours

When Rachel Carl relaxes after a hard day’s work at Berkeley Lab, she drives down to the Oakland waterfront, grabs a 12-foot long oar and her seat aboard the wooden whaleboat Carl Larkin, and propels it across the cold and choppy waters of San Francisco Bay. Her team of broad-shouldered male and female athletes calls itself The Row’d Warriors, and in whaleboat racing competitions on San Francisco Bay — and as far away as Warrnambol, Australia — they often come in first. More>

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