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Archives for November 2016

Glowing Crystals Can Detect, Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water

Motivated by public hazards associated with contaminated sources of drinking water, a team of scientists has successfully developed and tested tiny, glowing crystals that can detect and trap heavy-metal toxins like mercury and lead. More>

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Employees Invited to Attend WSEC Networking Forum on Dec. 13

The Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) invites all employees to attend its annual December Networking Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 15-253. Lunch will be provided. Deadline for RSVP is Dec. 9. More>

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California Assembly Member Richard Bloom Visits JBEI and ABPDU

Bloom — chair of the Assembly Budget Committee on Resources and Transportation — has pushed for increasing renewable energy development and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. During his visit, Bloom learned about the latest developments in bioenergy research and bioproducts production.

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Lorraine Dowling is ‘Golfer of the Year,’ Golf Club Seeks New Members

The Golf Club completed its 2016 season, and Lorraine Dowling was crowned “Golfer of the Year” for the second year in a row. December is the club’s annual membership drive, and employees are encouraged to join. Tournaments are played each month from March through November. Membership fees include NCGA registration. Contact Patty Giuntoli for more information.

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Genes, Early Environment Sculpt the Gut Microbiome

Scientists from Berkeley Lab and PNNL found that genes and early environment play big roles in shaping the gut microbiome. The microbes retained a clear “signature” formed where the mice were first raised, and the characteristics carried over to the next generation. The findings could potentially be used to develop designer diets optimized to an individual’s microbiome. More>

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Engineering a More Efficient System for Harnessing Carbon Dioxide

A team from the Max-Planck-Institute, using expertise from the Joint Genome Institute, has reverse engineered a biosynthetic pathway for more effective carbon fixation. This novel pathway is based on a new CO2-fixing enzyme that is nearly 20 times faster than the most prevalent enzyme in nature responsible for capturing CO2 in plants by using sunlight as energy. More>

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Managing Tsunami of Data Generated by Global Brain Initiative

Since the launch of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative, researchers have developed tools to explore the brain’s processes. But without a strategy to analyze, manage, and understand the data generated by these new technologies, advancements will be limited. The Lab’s Kristofer Bouchard assembled a team to help tackle this issue. More>

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ATAP Researchers Reach Out at APS-DPP Meeting

At the annual meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics, researchers from the Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division could be found not only in the technical sessions but also in the science-outreach expo booth. Organizations host booths to educate and engage the public about plasma physics and other sciences. More>

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Cafeteria Dining Hall, Patio Area Closed at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 30

The cafeteria will be used to host an event on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and will be closing at 1:30 pm. Seating will be impacted within the main dining hall and on the patio area.

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Former Lab Director Speaks to Postdoc Association Nov. 28

Every month, the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association invites established scientists to share their professional and personal experiences in “Series-X: Learning from the Past” seminars. Materials scientist and former Lab Director Paul Alivisatos will lead the next seminar on Nov. 28, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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