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Archives for September 2016

Lab Recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Today, 55 million people or 17% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin, representing a significant increase from 2000, when it was 35.3 million or 13%. We profile Deirdre Olynick of the Molecular Foundry, Zaida McCunney of NERSC, and Carlos Lopez of IT.

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Workforce Development & Education Recognizes Lab Volunteers

On Sept. 19 WD&E hosted its Volunteer Recognition Reception, which recognized all employees who have volunteered for mentoring, outreach, and education programs. The event also highlighted accomplishments in FY16, and provided information about upcoming volunteer opportunities. Go here for more information on volunteering for WD&E programs.

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Edison Improves Performance, Energy Efficiency of Bioinformatics Application

A team of computer scientists and geneticists has demonstrated significant speedups of the epiSNP bioinformatics program using the Edison supercomputer at NERSC. The team used the application to perform pairwise comparisons of genotypes and how they affect traits such as height, weight or makeup of body tissues. More>

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Workshop on ‘Designing Your Future Self: Life After Full-Time Work’

This two-part workshop is aimed at active UC staff who are several years out from retiring. The series will help participants design a plan for post “full-time work” life using interactive self-assessments to help develop their own personal ‘next chapters’. The workshop takes place Oct. 14 and 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in 150 University Hall on campus. Send e-mail here to register.

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10 Years in, Has California’s Climate Law Really Lowered Emissions?

Few would argue that the state hasn’t done its fair share in the fight against climate change. But the question of how much the Global Warming Solutions Act has actually cut California’s greenhouse gas emissions is tougher to get at. “I think that it worked,” says the Lab’s Jeffrey Greenblatt. More>

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Lab-to-Market Film Series: Episode 4…All About the Customers

Lab researchers Peter Therkelsen, Mike Tucker, and Vi Rapp dive into customer interviews in episode 4 of IPO’s short film series profiling their Lab-Corps experience. Will they find a hot spot in the market for their stovetop technology? For more details on the Ring Burner’s features and benefits, see ETA’s recent technology profile.

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Richard Muller’s New Book Links Flow of Time With Big Bang

A simple question from his wife, “Does physics really allow people to travel back in time?” propelled Lab physicist Richard Muller on a quest to resolve a fundamental problem that had puzzled him throughout his 45-year career: Why does the arrow of time flow inexorably toward the future, constantly creating new “nows”? That quest resulted in his new book “Now: The Physics of Time.” More>

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Oct. 3 Campus Talk on Exploring the Universe With Gravitational Waves

Rainer Weiss of MIT and LIGO will describe some of the difficult history of gravitational waves proposed exactly 100 years ago. The concepts used in the instruments and the methods for data analysis that enable the measurement of gravitational wave strains of 10-21 and smaller will be presented. The talk begins at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 in UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium. More>

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Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices Found

Researchers have observed, for the first time, an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a tiny crystal they made at Berkeley Lab. The team witnessed a unique behavior in which electrons rotate around one surface, then through the bulk of the material to its opposite surface and back. More>

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Nobel Prize Winner, World-Class Biophysicist to Join Lab, UC Berkeley

Chemistry Nobelist Eric Betzig (pictured) and world-class biophysicist Na Ji will join Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley in the summer of 2017. They will serve as faculty scientists in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division of the Biosciences Area. More>

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