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Archives for June 2017

Could This Strategy Bring High-Speed Communications to the Deep Sea?

Researchers are proposing a new method for sending acoustic waves through water that could dramatically increase communication speeds for scuba divers, deep-sea robots, and remote ocean monitors. By taking advantage of the dynamic rotation generated as waves travel, more channels were packed onto a single frequency, effectively increasing the amount of information capable of being transmitted. More>

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ETA’s Ahmet Kusoglu Wins ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship

The fellowship, a partnership between the Electrochemical Society and the Toyota Research Institute of North America, is awarded to young scholars pursuing innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology. Kusoglu of the Energy Storage & Distributed Systems Division was recognized for his research on ionomer composites with active self-reinforcement. More>

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Lab Photographer, Videographer Receives 2nd Emmy Award in Two Years

Marilyn Chung received an Emmy Award from the Pacific Southwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a video on rising domestic violence reports in Coachella Valley. It was her second Emmy in two years for videos she created while at the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs, California. Last year she won an Emmy for a video series on artist studios.

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Former Employee Change Form Now Available

A form has been created to record specific changes that may have occurred after an employee leaves the Lab. Click here to view the Former Employee Change Form. The fields reflect the data that can be updated post-employment. This form is voluntary and not required. Contact Berkeley Lab’s HR Shared Services Center (x4772) for more information.

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Director’s Message on Biosciences Leadership Transition

Biosciences Associate Lab Director Jay Keasling has agreed to take on an important new role as Chief Science and Technology Officer for the Biosciences Area, and Mary Maxon, currently the principal deputy for Biosciences, will replace Keasling as ALD for Biosciences, effective on July 1. More>

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Microbe Mystery Solved: What Happened to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Plume

The 2010 oil spill is one of the most studied spills in history, yet scientists haven’t agreed on the role of microbes in eating up the oil. Now a team led by Gary Andersen, and including Eric Dubinsky, Lauren Tom, and Christian Sieber, has identified all of the principal oil-degrading bacteria as well as their mechanisms. Their research has been published in PNAS. More>

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Play Video Games During Your Lunch Hour to Aid Green Gaming Research

Energy Technology Area researchers are recruiting staff to play computer games for the project, “Green Gaming: Energy Efficiency Without Performance Compromise,” which is funded by the California Energy Commission. Volunteers will be asked to play designated games on video systems, such as gaming PCs, virtual reality, Playstation, and Xbox, over their lunch break. Sign up here.

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Detour at Glaser and S Roads the Afternoon of June 30; Parking Affected

The detour will last from approximately 1 to 5 p.m. Glaser Road from Building 32 to the east intersection of Lawrence and Glaser will be converted to two-way traffic. Parking on Glaser Road east of Building 77A will be closed all day to allow for two-way traffic, and the Building 77 bus stop will be closed. Contact is Dan Galvez (x6213). View a map of Facilities projects and impacts at the Lab.

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New Class of ‘Soft’ Semiconductors Could Transform HD Displays

New research could help usher in a new generation of high-definition displays, optoelectronic devices, photodetectors, and more. A class of “soft” semiconductors can be used to emit multiple, bright colors from a single nanowire at resolutions as small as 500 nanometers. The work could challenge quantum dot displays that rely upon traditional semiconductor nanocrystals to emit light. More>

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Congratulations to the Lab’s 2017 Retirees

This honor roll represents nearly 900 years of UC service. The top three with the most years of service include Denise Davis (OCFO) with 40.5 years, Sergio Rugar Rogoff (Engineering) with 39, and Rick Diamond (ETA) with 37. Best of luck to all of our retirees as they pursue endeavors beyond the Lab.

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