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Archives for September 2017

A Life of Ups and Downs Before Landing at Berkeley Lab

For National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrate their heritage and culture. Today, read about Primo Caliz of the Facilities Division, the last of three employees featured this week.

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Carolyn Larabell to Receive Shirley Award at ALS User Meeting

Carolyn Larabell has been selected by the Advanced Light Source Users’ Executive Committee (UEC) to receive the 2017 David A. Shirley Award for “Outstanding Scientific Achievement at the ALS” at the upcoming ALS User Meeting for establishing the National Center for X-Ray Tomography, and for her work pioneering soft X-ray tomography for imaging cells in their fully hydrated, functional state. More>.

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Latest Issue of the JGI Primer Now Available

The Summer 2017 edition of the JGI Primer recaps the single largest release of phylogenetically diverse microbial genomes along with proposed standards for single amplified genomes and metagenome-assembled genomes, lessons from early diverging fungal lineages, and more. Back issues are also available here.

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Biosciences’ Bo Hang Quoted in Newsweek

A Sept. 19 Newsweek story on the residual effects of smoking quoted biochemist Bo Hang of the Biological Systems and Engineering division, citing work his group has done on the cancer-causing effects of thirdhand smoke.

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Leaf@NERSC to Compete in Smogathon Semifinal Oct. 3

Eight technologies – including Leaf@NERSC, a student research project led by Daniel Yunn Gens of NERSC Operations – will compete in the U.S. Smogathon Global Semifinal at UC Berkeley’s Banatao Auditorium, on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Get free tickets here to see some of the best teams pitch their solutions to indoor and outdoor air pollution in front of experts, including Energy Technologies’ Lara Gundel.

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Reinvestment in Research Supports Potential for Increased Crop Yields

A University of Illinois research project, on which Berkeley Lab researcher Krishna Niyogi has been a longtime collaborator, recently received a $45 million, five-year reinvestment to continue research on photosynthetic improvements that could increase yields for farmers worldwide. More>

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ALS Work Highlighted in DOE Top 40 Countdown

The Department of Energy is celebrating its 40th anniversary by highlighting 40 science accomplishments over 40 days. As the countdown to Oct. 1 continues, the Office of Science recently recognized contributions from the Lab’s Advanced Light Source to scientific milestones in 2005, which shed light on the cell’s protein factory, and in 2009, which sparked new ideas about how to make faster computer chips.

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JGI Announces 2018 Community Science Program Portfolio

Among the 30 proposals selected for the Joint Genome Institute’s 2018 Community Science Program is one by Neslihan Taş Baas, an Earth and Environmental Sciences researcher and DOE Early Career Research Program awardee, who aims to explore microbial functions over time in watershed ecosystems. Check out the full list of accepted proposals here.

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Hearst Avenue Construction to Impact Traffic Beginning Oct. 2

The Hearst Avenue Complete Streets Project will result in the closure of westbound Hearst Avenue from Euclid Avenue to Le Conte Avenue, beginning Monday, Oct. 2, and continuing through Friday, Oct. 6. Additional construction work is planned through Oct. 20 affecting different sections of westbound Hearst Avenue. During this period, Lab shuttles in the downhill direction will experience delays that may exceed 10 minutes.

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Chasing Gamma Rays From Buenos Aires to Berkeley

For National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrate their heritage and culture. Today, read about Augusto Macchiavelli of the Nuclear Science Division, the second of three employees we will feature this week.

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