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Archives for January 2016

Protein’s Role in Genome Stability, Possibly Cancer Prevention Discovered

Scientists from Berkeley Lab have discovered that a DNA repair protein called XPG plays a previously unknown and critical role helping to maintain genome stability in human cells. Their findings also raise the possibility that the protein helps prevent breast, ovarian, and other cancers associated with defective BRCA genes. More>

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Global Food Initiative’s 30 Under 30 Awards 

These awards will honor 30 young leaders inside and outside the UC system and around the world who are working toward solving the global food crisis, and making an impact early in their careers. Send your nominations to UCOP by Feb. 29, 2016. Winners recognized in May 2016. More>

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MSD’s Michael Connolly ‘Safes the Day’ Every Day

Hero Card raffle winner Michael Connolly, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in the Materials Sciences Division, is a superhero when it comes to sharing safety culture with the diverse users conducting work at The Molecular Foundry. This is the latest in an ongoing Safety Culture series. More>

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$25 Million NNSA Grant for Nuclear Science and Security Research

DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration awarded $5 million per year for five years to a UC Berkeley-led consortium of eight universities for R&D in nuclear science and security. Berkeley Lab will also play a significant role, with John Valentine as the Lab’s point-of-contact. More>

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Simplifying Solar Cells with a New Mix of Materials

An international team led by Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley researchers has simplified the steps to create highly efficient silicon solar cells by applying a new mix of materials to a standard design. More>

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New State of Matter Holds Promise for Ultracompact Electronic Devices

A team of scientists with Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have recorded the first-ever observations of rotating topologies of electrical polarization that are similar to the discrete swirls of magnetism known as “skyrmions.” The discovery holds intriguing possibilities for ultracompact data storage and processing. More>

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Alivisatos’ Quantum Dot Research Featured in ‘NBC Learn’ Video

The video looks at Alivisatos’ pioneering nanotechnology research, including the development of quantum dots to enhance displays on tablets, TVs, and laptops, and new efforts to create more efficient solar panels with films made with quantum dots. More>

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Earth Scientist Pierpaolo Marchesini Receives Sclocchi Thesis Award

The award is organized by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Assomineraria, and is given to those who have achieved great results with doctoral and graduate degrees in petroleum engineering, geoscience, and other disciplines related to the oil and gas industry. More>

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ETA’s Greenblatt Quoted in Mother Jones and Scientific American on Benefits of Driverless Cars

The January/February issue of Mother Jones magazine quotes Jeff Greenblatt on autonomous vehicles. A Scientific American article also quoted Greenblatt on how driverless cars may slow pollution.

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Submit Poster Abstracts Early for JGI’s 11th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

There’s still time to submit an abstract to be considered for a short talk at the JGI’s 11th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting, March 22-24, 2016. Go here to check out the newly posted agenda.

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