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Archives for December 2014

A Twinkling FLEXLAB Covered in Snow

The Public Affairs Creative Services Office created the Lab’s 2015 holiday card, which features FLEXLAB, a cutting-edge test bed for analyzing building energy efficiency. More>

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Lab Volunteers Helped Reach Over 4,000 Students in 2014

Workforce Development & Education would like to thank the 104 employees from 21 divisions, for the 461 hours they volunteered to inspire and prepare over 4,000 students from the local community, as well as the 115 mentors who served over 100 interns, in 2014. Want to volunteer or mentor in 2015? Go here for more information.

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Study Examines What Draws Students to Careers in STEM

A peer-reviewed study by researchers at George Mason University examining why young people chose to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) found that parents play a vital role. But it also found that hands-on lab experience was by far the most important factor in cementing their decision. More>

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CellScope, Inc. Cofounder on Developing New Home Product

A recent New York Times blog series on Women in Tech features Amy Sheng, co-founder of CellScope, Inc., a company that was spun out of the lab of Physical Biosciences Division Deputy for Science Daniel Fletcher. Sheng shares her inspiration for the Oto HOME and describes the development process of this new product, coming in January. More>

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Protect Laptops and Other Valuables During Shutdown

Laptops, cameras, smart phones, and other electronic devices left in offices and labs should be put away and locked down. Protective Services reminds staff to treat their electronics with the same level of care as a wallet or purse full of cash. To report an onsite theft during shutdown, call x6999.

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Adjusted Hours for Health Services in 2014; New Hours in 2015

Health Services will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 23, and will not be open on Friday, Jan. 2. Expanded hours (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will begin on Monday, Jan. 5. In the event of a medical emergency during off hours, staff should call x7911.

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New App for Learning About Particle Physics

The Particle Adventure app makes checking out the world of quarks, dark matter, and particle accelerators as easy as tapping touchscreen icons. Search via categories, like “How Do We Know Any of This?” and “Unsolved Mysteries,” or dig deep into topics such as the discovery of the Higgs boson. More>

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Photo Club Captures the Spirit of the Holiday

From festive cityscapes and homes, to cookies and ornaments, club members offer their take on the season in a series of stunning images. Participants include Sandy Miarecki, Karen Lingua, Kei Nakamura, Roberto Melgoz, Janie Page, John Christensen, and Claude Lyneis. Go here to view all images and for more on the Photo Club.

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Piezoelectricity in a 2D Semiconductor

Xiang Zhang led the first observation of piezoelectricity in a free-standing, two-dimensional semiconductor. The results open a door to low-power off/on switches in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectronic devices, as well as ultrasensitive biosensors, and possibly a new route to “valleytronics.” More>

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Searching for A Neuroscience Data Standard

BrainFormat, a neuroscience data standardization framework developed at Berkeley Lab, is a strong contender to contribute to a data format and storage standard for the neuroscience research community. In conjunction with this work, NERSC is contributing to the CRCNS data-sharing portal. More>

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