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Archives for June 2016

Scientists See Electron Bottleneck in Simulated Battery

An international team of scientists that includes Berkeley Lab researchers has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the performance of vanadium pentoxide, a material considered key to the next generation of batteries. More>

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Francesca Toma Receives Alfredo di Braccio Award

The prestigious Italian National Academy of Science, which counts Galileo Galilei as one of its first members, assigns this prize to a top young scientist. Toma (Chemical Sciences) was honored for her prolific, high-quality scientific contribution in different aspects of nanotechnology. The ceremony took place on June 10 in Rome, which was attended by President of Italy Sergio Mattarella.

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China Wins New Bragging Rights in Supercomputers

China dominates a biannual ranking of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers, called the Top500. Not only does China have the world’s fastest machine for the seventh consecutive time, it has the largest number of computers among the top 500 — a first for any country other than the United States. The list is compiled by the Lab’s Horst Simon and Erich Strohmaier. More>

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Active Shooter Response Training Offered July 11, 12, and August 8, 9

The training is offered on July 11 (3 to 4 p.m.), July 12 (11 a.m. to noon), August 8 (9 to 10 a.m.), and August 9 (1 to 2 p.m.) in the Building 50 Auditorium. Protective Service’s Al Benitez will lead the training. Participants are advised that subject matter is sensitive. See LBL-0010 for more information on active shooters and emergencies.

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Before and After Pics Illustrate Munching Prowess of Lab Goats

Hundreds of grazing goats have arrived this month as part of the Lab’s efforts to prevent wildfires. And as a testament to their skill, check out these before-and-after photos of a hillside near Chamberlain Road, between Buildings 71A and 90. What was once long, dry grass was quickly mowed down to nubs.

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Lab Hosts First LGBTQ Pride Networking Event

Lab Director Mike Witherell provided a welcome message, along with Associate Lab Director Jay Keasling, Lambda Alliance’s Executive Sponsor. The event was also the launch of Berkeley Lab’s Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines for transgender employees, which is considered a best practice among major companies. More>

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Materials Discoveries: Don’t Dump the Past

Materials discoveries are typically driven by their potential for industrial and commercial applications. In a new Perspective article, Nils Zimmermann and Maciej Haranczyk unravel trends in zeolite discoveries. They find that current efforts in the field look similar to past trends that were little effective in establishing new mature technologies. More>

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Video of Meeting on IGB Parking Impacts & Commute Options

A briefing on the Integrative Genomics Building, the impacts on parking, commute options, the recent commute survey, and work by the Vehicle Access and Alternative Transportation Advisory Group (VAATAG) was presented. Video>

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Change in Lab Security Services

Effective Friday, July 1, the Lab’s security will be provided by Universal Protection Services. This change will result in a higher level of service as patrol officers will now hold certification as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Universal will staff a 24/7/365 operations center that will answer the Lab’s incident reporting line (x6999) in addition to providing traditional services.

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In Memoriam: Facilities Retiree James Bruzzone

Bruzzone recently passed away at the age of 83. He worked at the Lab from 1958 to 1995, serving as the technical supervisor of the Labor Shop in Facilities. He spent many years supporting the infrastructure of the Bevatron. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30 at 9:45 a.m. at the Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill, followed by a reception.

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