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Archives for October 2017

‘Women in Science’ Lectures Debut With Doudna-Palca Interview

Please join us for a conversation between Berkeley Lab researcher Jennifer Doudna and NPR science correspondent Joe Palca on Monday, Nov. 20, at 1:15 p.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. The event is the first in the Director’s Distinguished Women in Science speaker series, a venue for women scientists to share their work and perspectives with the Lab community. The event will be streamed live at streaming.lbl.gov. More>

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Lab Reports Major Progress in Realizing New Type of Lithium Cathode

A team of researchers led by materials scientist Gerbrand Ceder reports major progress in cathodes made with so-called “disordered” materials, a promising new type of lithium battery. The co-authors of the papers published this month in Nature Communications and Physical Review Letters include Alex Urban (MSD), Wanli Yang (ALS), and Bryan McCloskey (ETA). More>

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International Journalists Visit Lab on Oct. 29

The Lab’s Strategic Communications Group hosted a visit on Oct. 29 by nearly 50 international journalists who were attending the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists. Director Witherell addressed the group, which then toured the Advanced Light Source, Molecular Foundry, and NERSC. Nearly 1,400 attended the conference in San Francisco, the first time it was held in the United States. More>

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Biosciences Affiliate Stephen Holbrook Passes Away

Holbrook died August 12 at age 68. Holbrook joined the Lab in 1979 and retired in 2012. He shared an office with his wife Libby, also a Biosciences affiliate. Holbrook researched nucleic acid crystal structures, protein structures, prediction of novel RNA’s, and protein complexes. He received a DOE mentor award in 2004. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 4. More>

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No Schedule Change for Potter St. Shuttle

The Potter Street Shuttle service changes, announced earlier this month, are being reevaluated. The service will continue on the current schedule (every 30 minutes) until further notice. Details on various shuttle routes and schedules are available here.

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Pit Parking Lot Closed Nov. 1

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Pit (Parking Lot D) will close for construction demobilization and clean-up in preparation for the rainy season. The lot will reopen for parking on Thursday, Nov. 2. Contact John Braithwaite (x4998) for more information.

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Heed the Messages Around the Lab to Limit Falls While Walking

Pedestrian injuries due to trips and falls are on the rise at the Lab and worldwide. To address this issue, the city of Honolulu is now fining people for viewing their smart phones while crossing the street. Amsterdam has embedded LED-illuminated strips in crosswalks. At the Lab, chalk stencils remind staff to “Walk Mindfully,” “Pocket Your Phone,” and “Hold the Rail.” More>

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Evidence of Mountain Lion Activity Found at Lab on Oct. 29

A deer carcass was found Sunday morning near Building 88 that is most likely the result of a mountain lion or bobcat kill. This follows two mountain lion sightings within the East Bay hills last month. Employees are encouraged to review these safety tips.

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Oct. 30 Dark Matter Online Chat With Physicist Dan McKinsey

Dan McKinsey, a Berkeley Lab scientist and a UC Berkeley physics professor who works on underground direct-detection dark matter experiments including LUX and LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), will field questions about the search for dark matter from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, Oct. 30, in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) event.

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Video of Christof Koch Lecture Now Available

Those who missed the Oct. 26 lecture by Christof Koch on “Big Science, Team Science, Open Science for Neuroscience” can view a recording of the presentation here. Koch, a neuroscientist best known for his work on the neural bases of consciousness, is chief scientist and president of the Allen Institute.

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