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Archives for February 2015

Passion for Promoting Lab Via Social Media, Disc Golf Drives Kelly Owen

A breast cancer diagnosis prompted the Public Affairs staffer to shift her career from promoting car racing on Fox Sports to the Lab’s research, which actually “makes a difference.” She also took up competitive disc golf, a game with less rough contact than her previous sport…co-ed flag football. More>

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PBD’s Dueber Helps Make Blue Jeans Greener

John Dueber (right) of the Physical Biosciences Division has studied the chemical steps plants use to naturally make indigo, and he thinks he has found an environmentally green way for the industry to churn out the dye without the use of the toxic compound. More>

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In Situ X-Ray Scattering Helps Optimize Printed Solar Cells

Plastic solar cells printed on flexible sheets with an ink-like solution show a lot of potential as a source of lightweight, inexpensive renewable energy. However, much of the power-conversion efficiency gets lost in the translation. Research at the Advanced Light Source is helping to gain an understanding of why that happens. More>

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NERSC Honors Third Annual HPC Achievement Award Winners

NERSC announced the winners of its third annual High Performance Computing (HPC) Achievement Awards on Feb. 24 during the annual NERSC User Group meeting. This year’s winners were from UC Santa Cruz, Caltech, and Berkeley Lab. More>

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UCRP Contributions Won’t Increase This July

Employer and employee contributions now cover the annual cost of the retirement plan. Additional steps, such as internal borrowing, are also beginning to address the plan’s unfunded liability. More>

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75 Years Ago: Lawrence Receives His Nobel Prize at Campus Ceremony

On Feb. 29, 1940, hundreds gathered in UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Auditorium to see Ernest Lawrence receive his Nobel Prize medal in person by the Swedish Counsel General. The rare ceremony outside Sweden took place because of wartime travel disruptions.

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First Direct Observation of CO2’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect

Researchers measured atmospheric carbon dioxide’s increasing capacity to absorb thermal radiation emitted from the Earth’s surface over an eleven-year period at two locations in North America. They attributed this upward trend to rising CO2 levels from fossil fuel emissions. More>

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Join the JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Google+ Hangout on March 4

The hangout will provide more information on the Joint Genome Institute and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory Collaborative Science Initiative. Attendees will hear about the 2016 call, its scientific focus and how to submit a Letter of Intent for these DOE user facilities. More>

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Analytis, Ginsberg Receive Sloan Fellowships

James Analytis of the Materials Sciences Division and Naomi Ginsberg of the Physical Biosciences Division are among 126 fellows named on Feb. 23. The fellowship provides $50,000 to further the research of early-career scientists and scholars. More>

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U.S. Representative David Valadao Visits the Lab

The Republican from California’s Central Valley toured the Advance Light Source and the Molecular Foundry along with Director Alivisatos, ALS Director Roger Falcone and Foundry Director Jeff Neaton. Valadao is a new member of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the Department of Energy.

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