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Archives for July 2016

When Targeting Cancer Genes, Zero in on the One Percent

UC Berkeley researchers have found a promising new drug target within the pathway that controls production of a cell’s thousands of proteins. That is appealing, in part, because it appears to control production of only a few percent of the body’s many proteins, those critical to regulating the growth and proliferation of cells. Jamie Cate of the Biosciences Area led the study. More>

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Chemical Sciences Division Hosts Inaugural Postdoc Retreat

The agenda for the July 21 event included research presentations, discussions on diversity, inclusion, and implicit bias, a presentation by the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association, a Chemical Sciences “Alumni Highlight” showcasing opportunities after Lab postdoctoral work, and a career development workshop. More>

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OCFO Employee is Mother of Olympian Competing in Rio

Linda Griffin, an OCFO employee matrixed to the ALS Business Management team, will be cheering on her daughter Kelly as she competes for the U.S. Women’s Rugby Sevens team. Sevens is a faster, shorter form of rugby. This is the first time any form of rugby has been included in the Olympic Games since 1924. The competition will be held Aug. 6-8. Watch a video featuring Kelly.

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Sally’s Alley Temporarily Closed July 30 and 31

Due to sewer manhole maintenance, Facilities will close Sally’s Alley for a few hours this weekend. Additionally, one-lane, two-way traffic controls will be in place on Segre Road between Buildings 6 and 43, on Lawrence Road in front of 45 and 48, and on Glaser Road in front of 79, 77 and 77A.

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All E-Cigarettes Emit Harmful Chemicals, But Some Emit More Than Others

A new Lab study led by Hugo Destaillats measures the toxic compounds in e-cigarette emissions and shows how factors such as the temperature, type, and age of the device play a role in emission levels, information that could be valuable to both manufacturers and regulators seeking to minimize the health impacts of these increasingly popular devices. More>

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Revised Carpool Program Launches Aug. 1

Key details include 30 designated parking spots on the Hill from 5 to 9:30 a.m., eligibility for two-person-per-car commuters, and no separate carpool parking permit required. Use Zimride to connect with other Lab employees. These revisions were implemented to help mitigate parking shortfalls due to IGB construction this fall. More>

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DOE Funds Carbon Storage Projects

The Lab is partnering on two of the eight projects that were funded: “Automated High Power Permanent Seismic Source System for Long-Term Monitoring of Subsurface CO2 Containment and Storage” and “A Novel Approach to Map Geothermal Permeability Using Passive Seismic Emission Tomography and Joint Inversion of Active Seismic and EM Data.” More>

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SpaceX Rocket Carries Chernobyl Fungi Into Space

The eight species of fungi on board, which are descended from microbes collected at Chernobyl, may one day lead the way to a “sunblock” that could protect human space travelers from the harmful radiation of space. The microbes were originally collected by the Lab’s Tamas Torok. More>

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Your Air Conditioning is Making the Heat Wave Worse

While air conditioning temporarily cools, it’s making our world hotter. According to Berkeley Lab researchers, a crash program to maintain or establish three shade trees per building and make all roofs and pavement in U.S. cities reflective could decrease national cooling demand by 20 percent by driving temperatures lower. More>

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Visa Considerations for Foreign Nationals Traveling This Summer

Be aware of the visa processing times abroad. You may check the most current wait time for your particular type of visa by issuing post location (U.S. consulate or embassy). Visit the U.S. Department of State website, enter the country where you wish to apply for your visa, and the wait times will populate based upon various visa categories. More>

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