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Archives for August 2012

Tuesday CC 2.0 Talk on Fracking; Part One of ‘Big Questions in Energy’ Series

On Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, Carbon Cycle 2.0 hosts Mark Zoback, professor of geophysics at Stanford University, in the first of a series of talks aimed at answering the question “What is fracking?” Zoback will address several scientific challenges related to optimizing natural gas production from shale formations. Future speakers will explore the impacts of shale gas hydraulic fracturing on the environment and the energy landscape. The talk will be webcast live and archived for later viewing.

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Proposals Sought for Innovation and Commercialization Gap Grants

Deputy Director Horst Simon has announced Calls for Proposals for two funding opportunities supporting commercialization of Lab technologies: Berkeley Lab Innovation Grants and UCOP Commercialization Gap Grants. Both programs aim to advance the commercialization of Lab inventions, but application forms, schedules, rules, etc. are different. Follow the instructions in the respective links carefully. Proposals must focus on developing Berkeley Lab inventions. All projects must address a barrier to commercialization such as a prototype, competitive performance, integration with other technologies, etc. Call the Tech Transfer Department (x6467) for more information.

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New Security Program Manager Named

Brian Strock has been named Security Program Manager within the Environment/Health/Safety/Security (EHSS) Division. He comes to the Lab with three decades of law-enforcement and emergency services experience, most recently as captain of the Brentwood Police Department and former Emergency Services Manager for the city. Strock will be responsible for all safeguarding and security issues here, including protective forces, alarms, access controls, and site security plans. Additionally, he will be the liaison to regional partners for safety-related issues. His appointment was effective on August 20.

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Integrated Bioimaging Initiative Seminar on Sept. 5

The next LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Initiative seminar will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. at 717 Potter Street, room 141. The talk will feature Paul Adams of the Physical Biosciences Division, who will discuss “Prospects for Using Free Electron Lasers for Crystallography,” and Damir Sudar of the Life Sciences Division speaking on “A Walk Through the LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Center,” followed by a tour of the Center, which will include a demonstration of the newly acquired OMX super-resolution optical microscope. Seminars are held the first Wednesday of the month and cover diverse topics in the area of bioimaging.

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Materials Sciences Debuts Revamped Website

The Materials Sciences Division launches their new website today. The new site was designed and built by the Lab’s Creative Services Office and provides a fresh look at MSD science and researchers. It includes a searchable publications database, as well as a news reel and brief science highlights to keep viewers up-to-date on MSD activities. Read more about the Division and its accomplishments here.

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Wave-Mixing X-Rays with Light to Measure Changes in Matter

Light changes matter to shape our world, enabling vision, producing oxygen and chemicals essential to plant life, driving solar cells, and much more. In a first-time demonstration, Berkeley Lab’s Thornton Glover led a team to see just how light effects such changes on the atomic scale in diamond. At SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source, Glover and his colleagues mixed optical-wavelength light, which wiggles the charges that make up chemical bonds, with powerful x-ray pulses, which show where the atoms are. Gauging both atomic structure and how light shapes the evolution of charge in matter opens new vistas for research. More>

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Grizzly Gate Closed to All Traffic Sept. 10-15

To accommodate paving and striping in the area, Grizzly Gate will be closed from Monday, Sept. 10 to Friday, Saturday, Sept. 15. There will be no entry or exit during this time. Strawberry (5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Blackberry Gate must be used enter and exit the Lab. When all Grizzly Gate project is complete later this fall, employees will be able to enter the gate 24/7.

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MSD Postdoc Blogs on Teaching Theoretical Physics in Africa This Summer

Alison Hatt is a postdoctoral fellow at the Theory of Nanostructured Materials facility at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry. In 2010, and now again in 2012, she traveled to Africa as part of the African School on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications program. She agreed to share her experience through this blog. Alison received her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and her Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara, where she was her class commencement speaker. Click here to read her account.

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Lab’s Safety Group Has a New Name and Look

EH&S is losing its ampersand and adding an “S” to become the Environment/Health/Safety/Security Division, or EHSS for short. The change is part of an optimization plan started last year to help improve safety and security at the Lab as well as the user experience with the resources and services offered by EHSS. Along with the addition of security to the name, there’s a new logo reflecting the Division’s cornerstones — Environment, Health, Safety, and Security. The new look is the first step in revamping the EHSS website. Navigation and structure won’t change initially. Rather, enhancements will be rolled out on an incremental basis once feedback is received from end users.

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SERC Work Starts Tomorrow; Will Affect Parking and Traffic

Work begins on the SERC site starting tomorrow and will affect parking in the Old Town area, particularly in the N3 lot, and near the former site of Building 52. Other changes include the relocation of the Building 27 bus stop to McMillan Road, new right turn onto McMillan Road near the intersection with Segre Road, a stop sign added to this intersection, and the closure of eastbound McMillan Road from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for approximately two weeks (flaggers will direct traffic). Go here to view a map of the area. For more information, contact Jules Feher (x4178) or Matt Vail (x2849).

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