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Archives for September 2012

Berkeley Lab Cosmologists Featured in BBC Documentary

A crew from BBC TV’s “Horizon” series visited Berkeley Lab in June to film an hour-long special, “How Big is the Universe,” featuring California-based cosmologists. The special recently aired in the United Kingdom and is available on YouTube in high definition. Many familiar faces appear, foreground and background. Starting at 14:30, David Schlegel leads an extensive discussion of BOSS (under the Sloan Digital Sky Survey rubric), filmed in Cloudcroft and the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico, and starting at 30:50, Saul Perlmutter leads members of the Supernova Cosmology Project in an imaginative performance representing the discovery of the universe’s accelerating expansion.

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Open House is Oct. 13; Preparations to Impact Bevatron Parking

The Lab will host an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 13, which will bring thousands of community members to the hill to learn more about our research. To prepare for the event, the south end of the Bevatron parking lot will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 11. The entire lot will be closed on Friday, Oct. 12. Drivers who normally use this lot are encouraged to use the pit parking lot, or take the Lab shuttle bus from downtown. Send e-mail here if you are interested in volunteering.

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Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Evidence of Stream, Says Lab Earth Scientist

Berkeley Lab earth scientist William Dietrich, a member of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Project, discusses the Mars rover’s discovery of a stream bed for NBC 4 in Los Angeles. “From the size of gravels it carried, we can interpret the water was moving about 3 feet per second, with a depth somewhere between ankle and hip deep,” he said. “Plenty of papers have been written about channels on Mars with many different hypotheses about the flows in them. This is the first time we’re actually seeing water-transported gravel on Mars. This is a transition from speculation about the size of streambed material to direct observation of it.” More>

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Next Integrated Bioimaging Initiative Seminar on Oct. 3

The next LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Initiative seminar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. at 717 Potter Street, room 141. The talk will feature Peter Nico of the Earth Sciences Division, who will discuss “Imaging Microbe, Organic Matter, Mineral Interactions via Coupled STXM and NanoSIMS Analysis,” and David Skinner of NERSC speaking on “Science Gateways, Trends in Data-centrism and the Web.” Seminars are held the first Wednesday of the month and cover diverse topics in the area of bioimaging.

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Industry Group Learns About Light Source Opportunities

On Monday, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group hosted a meeting to introduce its members to the area’s light sources and how they help advance innovation and promote economic competitiveness. Sponsored by Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo together with Berkeley Lab and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the event arose from a discussion a few months ago between Paul Alivisatos and Congresswoman Lofgren about light sources and the Next Generation Light Source. The SVLG was founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard and represents more than 375 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers. More>

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Site Environmental Report for 2011 Now Available

Berkeley Lab has published its 2011 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. The report can be viewed here.

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NanoFest Film Festival on Oct. 4

As part of its annual user meeting, the Molecular Foundry hosts “NanoFest,” a science film festival. This year’s screening takes place on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mariposa Room at the Double Tree Hotel in the Berkeley Marina. Debuting in 2008, the goal of NanoFest is to bring science to the scientific and non-scientific community via short films. The films can be scientific (like AFM movies), educational or theatrical in nature. Run time is generally under five minutes.

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Register Now for Molecular Foundry and NCEM Joint User Meeting

Berkeley Lab employees are invited to register for the joint Molecular Foundry and NCEM Users’ Meeting Oct. 4 and 5. This annual event features invited speakers from industry, academia, and DOE, as well as science highlight talks from Foundry and NCEM users. The event also includes a highly interactive poster session, student poster awards, numerous topical workshops, 24 vendors, and a vendor drawing. More>

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New Business Continuity Program Manager Named

Heidi Nelkie has been named Business Continuity Program Manager within the Environment/Health/Safety/Security (EHSS) Division. She will lead the effort in developing the Berkeley Lab Business Continuity Plan, which provides guidance on resuming Lab activities in the event of an emergency. She spent 15 years contracting with the U.S. EPA emergency response and preparedness division and recently led the effort for U.S. Border and Oceania Regional Response Team preparedness initiatives. Her appointment was effective September 17.

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Runaround Takes Place Friday, Oct. 19; Parking, Traffic Impacted

The Lab’s 35th annual Runaround happens Friday, Oct. 19, starting at noon at the firehouse. The Bikearound starts at 11:30 a.m. Participants will receive a souvenir t-shirt and race winners will get awards. The K1 parking lot will close Thursday evening (Oct. 18). At 11 a.m. the day of the race, all traffic on the Hill will be frozen. At Blackberry gate, it will be stopped at the traffic circle and at Strawberry gate, traffic will be allowed through Bldg. 85 and up only. Roads should begin to re-open from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

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