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Update on Director’s Sept. 1 State of the Lab Address

The Director’s State of the Lab presentation on Friday was well attended, both in person and online. Unfortunately, many people from across the Lab encountered access problems when they tried to join by video. The Lab Directorate deeply apologizes for the inconvenience, and Lab staff are working to fix these problems. A recording of the Sept. 1 presentation can be viewed here.

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Users Highlight Light Source Impacts in Capitol Hill Briefing

A panel of light source users participated in a briefing for Capitol Hill staff that highlighted the critical role DOE X-ray light source user facilities play in advancing new technologies, the challenges posed by increasing international competition from Europe and Asia, and how next-generation upgrades to these facilities will open new scientific frontiers. More>

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Lynn Price Wins 2017 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry Award

Lynn Price has been given the 2017 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry Award by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. The Champion award recognizes outstanding achievement and leadership in the field of industrial energy efficiency. More>

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‘Tug of War’ Among Skin Cells Key to Development of Chicken Feathers

Biological Systems and Engineering’s Sanjay Kumar and Elena Kassianidou, a graduate student in his lab, co-authored a study in the journal Science that for the first time linked mechanical forces acting on skin cells in a developing organism to the activation of specific genes that make the cells differentiate into specialized types, such as feathers. More>

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Scientists Fine-Tune System to Create ‘Syngas’ from CO2

Scientists have developed a new recipe for creating synthesis gas mixtures, or syngas, that involves adding a pinch of copper atoms sprinkled atop a gold surface. The new electrocatalysis supports a room-temperature electrochemical reaction that can convert carbon dioxide and water into syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, and an important precursor in the production of chemicals and synthetic fuels. More>

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An ALS Intern’s Vision Becomes (Virtual) Reality

For ALS Summer Intern Sam Schickler, the most exciting part about the ALS isn’t its famous dome, the particle accelerator it houses, or the X-ray experiments themselves–it’s the data. It’s why the rising 11th grader jumped at the chance to spend the summer at the ALS developing virtual reality experiences of ALS data and the ALS facility. More>

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Attend the 2017 Berkeley Visionary Awards

Please join the Berkeley Chamber, City of Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and UC Berkeley in celebrating the 2017 Visionary Awards on Monday, Sept. 11th. The awards recognize and celebrate exceptional entrepreneurs who succeed in launching and growing their enterprises in Berkeley. The Chamber is offering a 50% discount on tickets for Lab employees. Use promo code “Visionary50.”

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‘Curiosity, the Solution to Inclusion’ Videos and Game Now Available

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office has launched a Lab-wide inclusion program called “Inclusion Starts with a Conversation.” DEI, along with the Diversity and Inclusion Council, invite all Lab employees to watch the inclusion videos and play the “Inclusion Insights” game! The theme for this month is: “Curiosity, the Solution to Inclusion.” More>

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Scientists Bring Visual ‘Magic’ to Light

Scientists from Magic Leap Inc. and Berkeley Lab have developed new, versatile ways to manipulate light with two types of silicon-based ultrathin optical components. More>

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