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Archives for August 2017

Students, Faculty Head Back to School, but a Few Stay on With CRD

Nearly all of the summer students and guest faculty working in Computing Sciences are back home, preparing for the new school year. But not all of them. Rafael Zamora and Tom Corcoran from Hood College in Maryland had their stays extended as they apply deep learning to classifying protein structures that could lead to more effective cancer-fighting drugs. More>

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New X-Ray Laser Technique Reveals Magnetic Skyrmion Fluctuations    

A team co-led by Sujoy Roy at Berkeley Lab has measured the fluctuations in magnetic structures called skyrmions – which could be incorporated into next-gen data storage and computing technologies – at a resolution that is 1,000 times better than what had been possible before. More>

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Pit Parking Lot Closed Next Few Weekends

Beginning at 6 p.m. this Friday (Sept. 1) through 5 a.m. Monday (Sept. 4), the Pit (Parking Lot D) will be closed for off-hauling stockpiled soil from the Integrative Genomics Building construction project. A similar closure schedule will apply for the remaining September weekends, an optimal time to reduce impacts to the Lab community. Contact John Braithwaite (ext. 4998) with questions.

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Discounted Early Registration for ALS User Meeting Ends Sept. 18

The ALS Users’ Executive Committee and meeting organizers have assembled a full program featuring news from DOE, keynote talks, and science highlights, as well as 13 focused workshops, a student poster “slam,” and an awards presentation at the annual banquet. The ALS User Meeting will take place Oct. 2-4. Register and view the agenda here.

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DOE Celebrates 40 Years of Research

The Department of Energy will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Oct. 1. To mark the occasion, the Office of Science has collected 40 major papers it has supported from the past 40 years that have changed the face of science. Berkeley Lab researchers contributed to 13 of these milestones, including computer scientist Van Jacobson (1988) and Computing Sciences’ Philip Colella (1989). More>

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DOE Invests $7.5 Million to Improve Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency

Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) will be part of a consortium for a joint U.S.-India five-year project that will help advance the development of the power grid. ESDR will join a team led by Washington State University. The consortium has been awarded $7.5 million from DOE for the project.More>

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Outside Consulting and Employment Requests Now Online

The institutional approval process for outside consulting, employment, and other business activity has been recently updated, and employees can now submit outside activity requests and get approvals online. View the “getting started” guide here, and find the new request form here. More information on policy and requirements is available in the RPM here. Questions? Contact coi@lbl.gov.

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Scientists Developing Innovative Techniques for High-Resolution Analysis of Hybrid Materials

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a new method of analyzing the molecular-scale structure of organo-lead halide perovskites, a promising class of materials that could energize the solar cell industry. They combined advanced X-ray spectroscopy measurements with calculations based on fundamental, “first principles” theory to obtain an atomic-scale view of the material. More>

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Global Blood Therapeutics Uses ALS to Tackle Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease affects millions of people worldwide and is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States. The most-used therapy for the disease is a cytotoxic drug with additional negative side effects and variable patient response. Bay Area biopharmaceutical company Global Blood Therapeutics is on a mission to develop a better treatment and is using the ALS to help. More>

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David Shapiro to Lead Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium on Aug. 30

Staff scientist David Shapiro of the Advanced Light Source will speak on “X-ray Ptychography at the Advanced Light Source: a bright tool for nano-science” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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