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Archives for February 2016

CNN Profiles ALS Scientist Who Creates Paleoart for Wikipedia

By day, Nobu Tamura is a beamline scientist at the Advanced Light Source. But after work, he is one of the most prolific Wikipedia illustrators in the world. If you’ve seen a dinosaur, ancient bird or prehistoric creature on the website, chances are Tamura’s illustrations sit at the top of the page.

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Alivisatos Legacy: Building an Ecosystem for Science and Innovation

Under the leadership of Paul Alivisatos since 2009, Berkeley Lab has greatly advanced research at the intersection of biological, energy, and environmental sciences. He has overseen infrastructure and programmatic growth, championed restructured leadership, diversity and leadership development, employee recognition, and industrial outreach. He leaves his post on March 1. More>

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Lab Posts Updated Workforce Demographics Data

The Lab demographics for 2010 and 2015 have been posted on the Diversity and Inclusion website. Vera Potapenko, Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer, notes that while there have been some small gains, the Lab overall still has a long way to go to improve representation of women and minorities.

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A Farewell Gathering for ESnet Director Greg Bell

Computing Sciences staff held a farewell party for Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) Director Greg Bell. At the end of February, Bell will be leaving ESnet and Berkeley Lab to be the full-time CEO of Broala, a company that deploys the Bro network monitoring software first developed at the Lab. More>

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Fly Caught in Amber Soars Again in 3D Video of ALS X-Ray Tomography

The intense x-ray beams at the Advanced Light Source allow scientists to very quickly collect 3D images of samples and capture their microscopic features. Many biologists image fossils and compare the structures of those samples with those of modern plants, insects, and animals.

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Lab Advisory Group Tackles Vehicle Congestion on the Hill

The new Vehicle Access and Alternative Transportation Advisory Group is working on potential solutions to the Lab’s growing population on the main site and to hold off near-term vehicle access fees. Nearly 300 parking spots are projected to be lost this summer. A new website, commute.lbl.gov has been launched to house information and updates on this project. More>

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Lab Project for Paint-On Coating for Energy Efficient Windows

Raymond Weitekamp of Cyclotron Road will be working with Arman Shehabi and Steve Selkowitz of the Energy Technologies Area to develop a low-cost, heat-reflective paintable coating for energy efficient windows. The technology relies on a material called a bottlebrush polymer, which, as Weitekamp explains, are like gummy worms. More>

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Reminder on Procedures for Suspicious Packages

Recently, an employee at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol office in Alameda opened a package containing a powder and fell ill. The Lab’s fire crew assisted with the HazMat response. Lab employees are reminded to review the procedures for suspicious packages outlined in the Emergency Response Guide posted throughout the Lab. More>

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Public Affairs Honored for Social Media, Diversity, Science Communication

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII presented a gold award to the Lab’s Public Affairs group for social media, silver for strategic communications on diversity and inclusion, and a bronze for news writing. More than 500 entries from numerous institutions were received and judged. More>

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Special MBIB Seminar by 2014 Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig on Feb. 26

Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will speak at a Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division seminar on “Challenges and Opportunities in the Optical Imaging of Biological Systems.” The event takes place Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Betzig received a Nobel Prize for the development of high-resolution fluorescence microscopy methods.

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