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Archives for December 2017

Season’s Greetings from the Lab’s Photo Club

In lieu of the club’s monthly theme contest, members were invited to submit “anything holiday” images. Contributors included Karen Lingua, Haris Mahic, Karen Salvini, Lena Trotochaud, John Christensen, Stephanie Daglia, Julie Kang, and Sayan Gupta. Go here to view all images and for more on the Lab’s Photo Club.

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Beta of Neurodata Without Borders Software Now Available

Neuroscientists can now explore a beta version of the Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology software and offer input to developers before it is fully released next year. The Lab’s Oliver Ruebel and Andrew Tritt developed the software in collaboration with Kristofer Bouchard, and with additional support from UCSF researchers. More>

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New Hybrid Supercapacitor Is Supercharged

A team of Foundry scientists and users has developed a method to make a new kind of supercapacitor by coating carbon nanotube electrodes with titanium disulfide. This research could lead to next-generation energy storage systems. More>

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ETA Researchers Discuss Indoor Air Pollution in Chemistry World Article

Brett Singer and Hugo Destaillats of the Energy Technologies Area were recently quoted in a Chemistry World article titled “Every Breath You Take.” The story, which explores indoor air pollution, quotes experts in the field and notes that “the health effects of the air we breathe indoors are just beginning to be understood.” More>

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Top 10 TABL, Science Stories of 2017

Lab employees consumed quite a bit of internal news this year, with over a half-million page views on the TABL website in 2017. What stories were staff reading most? The top-10 list includes the Runaround announcement, messages from Director Witherell, and information on benefits and services for staff. Go here to see the full list, as well as the top 10 science stories from the News Center.

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Badge Required for Gate Access During Shutdown

Access to the Lab’s main campus during the shutdown will be restricted to Blackberry Gate and employees must show their valid Lab ID badge to enter (same protocol as during normal off-hours). Badge access information will also enhance Protective Services’ ability to conduct personnel accountability in the event of a major emergency.

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DOE’s Office of Science ARPA-E OPEN 2018 Solicitation Announced

ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. Awards vary from $500,000 to $10 million. The first deadline for questions to ARPA-E is Feb. 2. Concept papers must be submitted by Feb. 12. Note that ARPA-E projects require cost sharing. Go here to see the range of previously funded projects. More>

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Applications Open for DOE’s Office of Science Early Career Research Program

Full-time, career, non-postdoc Lab researchers who received their Ph.D.s no earlier than Jan. 1, 2007 are eligible to apply. This funding opportunity supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers. Director Witherell will host a brown-bag discussion and networking event on Jan. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m., in Bldg. 59-3101 (Shyh Wang Hall). More>

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HR Performance Management Survey Deadline is Feb. 2

Human Resources is sponsoring a performance management survey to provide employees with the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences with the current program. Responses will be used to guide future decisions regarding the performance management review process and overall employee experience. The survey is open until Feb. 2. Go here to access the survey.

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Provide Feedback on Dec. 19 Mass Evacuation Drill

Thanks to employees who participated in the Dec. 19 evacuation drill, which enabled the Emergency Management Team to test the Lab’s ability to safely evacuate or shelter personnel during a scenario of an encroaching wildfire. Staff are encouraged to provide feedback on their experiences with the drill to help improve future protective actions. Go here to access the survey.

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