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Archives for November 2015

Office of Science Follow-Up to Grand Challenges Report Now Available

Challenges at the Frontiers of Matter and Energy: Transformative Opportunities for Discovery Science” outlines five research opportunities with the potential to transform key technologies involving matter and energy. Lab scientists who helped produce the report include Don DePaolo, Graham Fleming, William McCurdy, and James Sethian.

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Computing’s Demmel Named as AAAS Fellow

James Demmel of the Computational Research Division is among 347 new fellows named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Demmel was cited for his distinguished contributions to the theory and practice of numerical linear algebra, especially for innovative approaches in parallel computing. More>

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Two Lab Projects Awarded ARPA-E Funding

Two Cyclotron Road projects — one on thermionic energy conversion in collaboration with the Materials Sciences Division and one on green buildings in collaboration with the Energy Technologies Area — were among 41 “transformational energy technology projects” awarded a total of $125 million by ARPA-E. More>

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Dec. 1 Poster Session Highlights Instrumentation Research at the Lab

The poster session — 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria’s dining hall — will showcase instrumentation development around the Lab. Researchers working in different divisions who share common problems can meet and benefit from mutual experience and expertise. The event is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium Series. More>

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Was Plutonium’s ‘Pu’ on Periodic Table a Prank by Seaborg?

Los Alamos chemists say Glenn Seaborg, the discoverer of Plutonium, facetiously suggested the abbreviation for the Periodic Table be Pu, like a child would exclaim “pee-yoo” when smelling something bad. Seaborg’s son Dave corroborated the story. More>

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Canted Cosine Theta Contributes to Cancer Therapy

Scientists and engineers from ATAP’s program in accelerator physics for the ALS and from the Berkeley Center for Magnet Technology, with Paul Scherrer Institute and Varian Associates, are applying a novel magnet concept to improve beam delivery for proton and heavy-ion therapy. More>

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Lab Researchers Take Home SC15 Honors

A number of Berkeley Lab researchers were honored for their research and contributions to the field of high performance computing (HPC) at this year’s SC15 Conference. Held Nov. 15-20 in Austin, Texas. They include Kathy Yelick, David Bailey, Horst Simon, AydÍn Buluç, Luther Martin, and Lenny Oliker. More>

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Veteran Employee Resource Group Hosts SFSU Student Vets

They toured the Advanced Light Source, heard a talks by JGI’s Erika Lindquist on transitioning from the military to science and Rachel Carl (HR) on hiring and internship opportunities, and participated in a networking session with members of the Lab’s Veteran Employee Resource Group. More>

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Lab Toastmasters Help Give Staff a New Voice

What does Berkeley Lab have in common with Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Disney? Answer:
They all sponsor their own Toastmasters clubs, where members gather periodically to improve
their public speaking and leadership skills. More>

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Reports Review Future Challenges Facing Electric Industry, Regulators

The U.S. electric industry is undergoing significant changes, including new and improved technologies, changing customer desires, low load growth, and changes in policies and regulations. New Lab reports will advance the discussion by examining issues related to electric industry regulation and utility business models. More>

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