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Archives for January 2017

From the Reservation, to UC Berkeley, to Berkeley Lab, to UC Professor

Franklin Dollar grew up on a small Pomo Indian reservation near Geyserville, with no running water, electricity, or internet access. He had a great science teacher who pushed him towards college. As a student at UC Berkeley, he got a job at Berkeley Lab via the UC Leadership Excellence Through Advanced Degrees Program. Now he’s a physics and astronomy professor at UC Irvine. More>

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JBEI and ABPDU Raise Funds for Local Food Bank

In an effort to raise awareness about food insecurity in Alameda County, JBEI and ABPDU organized a fund drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. A total of $2,514 was raised for a virtual food drive. In addition more than five barrels of non-perishable foods were contributed by JBEI and ABPDU employees.

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Chabot Space & Science Seek Volunteers; Orientation on Feb. 18

A volunteer orientation takes place Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers make earth and space science come alive for visitors through interactive and hands-on experiences. A one-year commitment of eight hours per month is required. More>

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Jan. 31 Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar Features UCLA’s Yang Yang

Yang will discuss “Interface and Intermediate Phases Engineering for Achieving Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells” at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. The seminar is jointly hosted by the Molecular Foundry and the Advanced Light Source. More>

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Art Rosenfeld, Godfather of Energy Efficiency, Passes Away

Art Rosenfeld, a Berkeley Lab Distinguished Scientist Emeritus who was also known as California’s “godfather” of energy efficiency and has been credited with being personally responsible for billions of dollars in energy savings, died Friday at his home in Berkeley. He was 90. More>

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Water-Energy Town Hall on Feb. 3

The meeting — from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Building 66 Auditorium — kicks off discussion of the Lab-wide “Water-Energy” LDRD initiative. Short talks will describe some current water-energy projects at the Lab followed by open discussion. Attendees will have a chance to talk about their ideas for proposals and network with others responding to this call. More>

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Lab Researchers Among Forbes ’30 Under 30’ List

Raymond Weitekamp and Richard Wang of Cyclotron Road are among the innovators on the list. Selected annually, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list honors “the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers” across 20 different industries. More>

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Cyclotron Road is a Finalist for East Bay Innovation Awards

Cyclotron Road is one of two finalists in the Catalyst category. The Catalyst of the Year award is presented to an “individual, organization, or company that is currently transcending organizational boundaries to pull East Bay assets together in new ways and/or to catalyze new thinking or processes.” More>

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Special Event to Affect Parking, Traffic, Cafeteria on Jan. 31

All parking in the Bevatron lot will be closed that day, and slow traffic is expected in this area between noon and 4 p.m. Also, the cafeteria will close at 1 p.m.

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For This Metal, Electricity Flows, But Not the Heat

Lab scientists have discovered that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat, an exotic property in an unconventional material. The characteristic could lead to applications in thermoelectrics and window coatings. More>

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