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Archives for March 2016

From Near-Dropout to Ph.D., Scientist is at Forefront of Biofuels Revolution

To see JBEI biochemist Ee-Been Goh in the lab, figuring out how to rewire bacteria to produce biofuels, one would never guess she was once so uninterested in school that she barely made it through junior high. Goh has been lead author on two publications on methyl ketones, one of the most promising biofuels at JBEI. More>

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Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3-D

Scientists have captured the first high-resolution 3-D images from individual double-helix DNA segments attached to gold nanoparticles, which could aid in the use of DNA segments as building blocks for molecular devices that function as nanoscale drug-delivery systems, markers for biological research, and components for electronic devices. More>

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NERSC Announces HPC Achievement Award Winners

The awards recognize NERSC users who have either demonstrated an innovative use of HPC resources to solve a scientific problem or whose work has had an exceptional impact on scientific understanding or society. Winners include Charles Koven and William Riley of the Lab’s Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division. More>

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JBEI Releases Video Series ‘Bioenergy Research @ JBEI’

In this video series JBEI scientists educate the public on JBEI’s scientific areas of expertise, achievements and technologies employed in converting lignocellulosic biomass to renewable, drop-in, liquid transportation fuels. More>

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Postdoc Association Kickoff Drew 100 Early Career Researchers

Lab Director Mike Witherell and COO Glenn Kubiak attended the March 28 event, as well as Deputy Director Horst Simon, who is the group’s executive sponsor. The association’s steering committee (Antoine Wojdyla, Etosha Cave, and Valentine Trotter) organized the event. Those interested in announcements on future events, or serving on the board can e-mail postdoc@lbl.gov.

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Porous Framework Electrocatalysts Key to Carbon Dioxide Conversion

Researchers have made significant headway in the quest to convert carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products such as fuels, pharmaceuticals, and plastics. Recent work at the ALS has
shown MOFs and COFs as a valuable new class of carbon dioxide reduction catalysts. More>

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Irfan Siddiqi of Materials Sciences Wins Cal Teaching Award

Five UC Berkeley faculty have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching. The award recognizes teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, engages them thoroughly in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact. Siddiqi is a professor of physics. More>

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Doudna Receives Canada’s Gairdner Award

Jennifer Doudna will share the 2016 Canada Gairdner International Awards with four others for their roles in discovering and re-engineering the CRISPR-Cas9 system to create today’s most-talked-about genetic tool. The awards are among the world’s most prestigious honors for medically significant discoveries. More>

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DOE Hosts STEM Mentoring Café at Chabot Space & Science on April 20

This program is an interagency effort to engage middle school students in STEM and their teachers with federal STEM professionals, through speed mentoring sessions. Lab volunteers are sought to serve as mentors at the April 20 event. More>

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All Work Must Now Be Covered by Work Planning and Control Activity Manager

The Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), Activity Hazard Document (AHD), and Biosafety Authorization System (BAS) are now closed. All work must be covered by the Work Planning and Control Activity Manager, including service, maintenance, troubleshooting, and any other side work. Exceptions are the Subcontractor JHA, Construction JHA, and the ALS Experiment Safety Sheet (ESS).  

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