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Archives for February 2017

Revealing Aspergillus Diversity for Industrial Applications

In the world of fungi, Aspergillus is an industrial superstar, playing a critical role in biofuel production, and plant and human health, among other applications. But the majority of its 350 species has yet to be sequenced. A team including JGI researchers sequenced the genomes of 10 novel Aspergillus species, more than doubling the number of Aspergillus species sequenced to date. More>

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State Legislators Adjourn Senate, Assembly in Memory of Art Rosenfeld

During the adjournment last week, Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond cited Rosenfeld’s pioneering work to establish the Lab as a leader in energy efficiency research, his service on the Energy Commission, and the “Rosenfeld Effect” that’s kept California’s per capita electricity consumption flat since the 1970s. Watch Skinner’s remarks here, and Thurmond’s here.

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Community Emergency Response Team Training

If a disaster strikes, will you be prepared? Protective Services-Emergency Management will be holding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in April. CERT training teaches disaster response skills such as preparedness, small fire suppression, medical triage and treatment, and light search and rescue. The Lab’s CERT team currently has 50 members. More>

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Self-Assembly of a Programmable DNA Lattice

The use of DNA for nanotechnology has gained interest because it’s a highly “programmable” polymer with “sticky ends” that can self-assemble into molecular scaffolds for other molecules, such as proteins and viruses. Researchers have designed and crystallized two related DNA scaffolds and determined their structures at the Advanced Light Source. More>

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When Rocket Science Meets X-ray Science: Part 4…Knowing Meteors Better

X-ray studies of meteorite samples, conducted by NASA and Berkeley Lab researchers, could help gauge threats to Earth by providing new insights on the microscopic makeup of asteroids and how they break up in the atmosphere. This is the final installment of a four-part series. More>

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Memorial for Art Rosenfeld on June 24

The family of energy efficiency pioneer Art Rosenfeld will host a celebration of life at 3 p.m. on June 24 at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, which is open to the public. The California Energy Commission honored his career on March 15. Go here for information on donations or to leave a personal comment.

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Staff Invited to Join Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are organized around a primary diversity dimension and work on furthering the Lab’s business goals. Current ERGs focus on providing support for African-Americans, individuals with disability, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans. No need to identify as a member of these groups to join the ERG. More>

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Parking Limited in Pit (D) Lot Feb. 28 to March 2

Approximately half of the parking spots in the D Lot will close Feb. 28 for staging in preparation for soil off haul planned for the weekend of March 4. The spaces will reopen on Friday, March 3. Soil removal has been delayed due to multiple weekends of rainy weather. Off haul work will occur on weekends when possible. See map for alternate parking lots.

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When Rocket Science Meets X-ray Science: Part Three…Parachute Design

X-ray-based experiments at the Lab will simulate—in microscopic detail—spacecraft parachute fabric performance in the extreme conditions of other planets’ atmospheres. This is the third installment of a four-part series. More>

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‘Editing’ New Metamaterials Brings Light Into Focus

Materials scientist Jie Yao has developed a technique to readily change the structure of thin sheets of “metamaterials” so that they can focus light in an entirely new way, allowing smart phones to be both thin and take high-quality photographs. More>

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