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Archives for January 2015

Patch Linux and UNIX Computers Against GHOST Vulnerability

The Lab’s Cyber Security group suggests staff prioritize patching Linux and UNIX computers against the new GHOST vulnerability. Although their current assessment of GHOST shows limited risk for most users, this may change as more information about this new vulnerability is discovered. More>

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Recent Fire is Important Reminder About Designated Smoking Areas

The fire started when a lit cigarette was thrown into a coffee can used to collect butts — ironically situated under a “No Smoking” sign — on the balcony of a Lab building. Building occupants quickly extinguished the small blaze, and the Fire Department responded, but the incident serves as a reminder that smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

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Renewable Biofuels Development Requires ‘Renaissance Researchers’

Physical bioscientists Blake Simmons (right) and Doug Clark were quoted in a recent Bioenergy Connection article about breaking down cell walls, a necessary step for unlocking sugars in biofuels production. The piece also touches on work PBD faculty scientist, Jamie Cate, is doing with enzymes that can aid in deconstruction. More>

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Volunteer Opportunities at Chabot Space & Science Center

Volunteers make astronomy and science come alive for students through interactive experience and demonstration. An orientation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A commitment of eight hours per month for at least one year is requested. More>

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2015 Lab Directed Research and Development Awards Announced

A total of $24.9 million was allocated for 82 projects from a field of 169 proposals. Go here to see the complete list of funded projects. Fourteen projects that went through a parallel review process led by Deputy Director Horst Simon and associate Lab directors were also approved (highlighted in yellow). More>

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Laser Inventor and Nobelist Charles Townes Dies

The UC Berkeley emeritus professor passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the age of 99. He shared the 1964 Nobel Prize for inventing the laser and pioneering its use in astronomy. Townes was also affiliated with Berkeley Lab. In addition to numerous prizes, he wrote a seminal paper in 1966 on “The Convergence of Science and Religion.” More>

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NASCAR Engineer Gives Feb. 5 Talk on Driving Past Life’s Adversities

Born without arms, Richie Parker uses his feet to design vehicle components and incorporate adjustments using feedback from crew chiefs and drivers. He has contributed to six Sprint Cup championships. The noon talk will be live streamed. More>

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Molecular Foundry Seminar Series Launches Feb. 3

The series feature researchers speaking on such topics as imaging bonds and chemical reactions, responsive nanostructured optical materials, and drug discovery at novel allosteric sites. The Tuesday talks begin at 11 a.m. in Building 67-3111 (except where noted). Go here to view the complete schedule.

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Intro to Lucidchart Class on Feb. 4

The IT Division class runs from 11 a.m. to noon in the 50 Auditorium. Participants will learn about the web-based diagramming software that allows collaboration in real time to create flowcharts, ERD, UML, wireframes, floor plans and other diagrams. Registration required. Go here for more information on IT classes.

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Did You Hear a Low-Flying Aircraft on Tuesday?

Those who happened to be at Lab on Tuesday afternoon most likely heard a very loud rumble overhead. Berkeleyside is reporting that the noise was caused by a Navy fighter jet. The pilot flew low as a greeting for his brother, who is a graduate student at UC Berkeley. More>

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