Today at Berkeley Lab

Be Prepared, Stay Safe in the Event of an Earthquake on the Hill

Given the Lab’s unique challenges as a scientific facility located in the midst of an urban environment, earthquake preparation requires extra planning and preparation. To help address potential fall-out from an earthquake, the Lab has three programs in place: a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), and Damage Assessment Team (DAT), which ensures lab operations and systems can be assessed and recovered. There are also has six disaster containers (one in each zone) throughout the campus, which are filled with water, food, and medical supplies. More>

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Megan Gentes, Ryan Smith Win 41st Annual Runaround Race

Hundreds of employees lined up at the firehouse on Friday for the Lab’s annual footrace, then sprinted into action after Director Witherell yelled “go!” But two runners emerged as the clear winners. Ryan Smith finished in 9:32 minutes, and Megan Gentes completed her run in 11:12 minutes. The winner of the T-shirt design contest was Dana Goodacre of the Advanced Light Source. Go here to view a slideshow of the event.

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Cyclotron Road Hosts Happy Hour on Oct. 18

Want to learn more about commercializing your research? Cyclotron Road fellows will be on hand to answer questions during a happy hour on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Craft Beer in Berkeley. The Lab’s Cyclotron Road program helps entrepreneurial scientists bring their technologies to scale through mentorship, education, and networking.

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Add to Your Professional Skill Set Using LinkedIn Training

LinkedIn Learning is now available for employees to get free training in a variety of topics, including business, technology, and creative skills. The courses are viewable via three-to-five minute videos, accessible via computer or mobile device. While a LinkedIn account is not required, connecting through your own account enables users to receive customized recommendations. Send email here for more information.

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Last Day to Vote in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest

Today is the last day to cast your vote to help choose the People’s Choice winner in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest. The contest is part of the Foundry’s National NanoDay celebration. Check out the entries and cast your vote here.

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New Clues to Cut Through the Mystery of Titan’s Atmospheric Haze

Experiments at Berkeley Lab have helped scientists zero in on a low-temperature chemical mechanism that may help explain the complex molecular compounds that make up the nitrogen-rich haze layer surrounding Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. More>

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Lab’s Nobel Laureate Perks Featured in Wall Street Journal

Berkeley Lab has a unique honorific for Nobel prize winners, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Lab “has for decades named streets for its winners. The hilly 202-acre facility is dotted with signs for a dozen such stars, including Alvarez Road, Lee Road, McMillan Road, Perlmutter Road and Segrè Road.” Article access requires a subscription, or search via Facebook.

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Join the Molecular Foundry in Celebrating #NationalNanoDay

The Molecular Foundry is celebrating #NationalNanoDay on social media. Tune in for the live YouTube broadcast from the Molecular Foundry that starts at 10:09 a.m. today. You can also vote in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest and help select the People’s Choice. Winning entries will be printed and displayed at the Molecular Foundry. More>

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EESA Hosts TOUGH Symposium at the Lab This Week

A symposium on the applications and enhancements of the popular TOUGH flow-simulation computer programs is underway through Wednesday in the Building 66 Auditorium. Hosted by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, the ninth triennial TOUGH symposium brings together users of the TOUGH codes for the simulation of multiphase fluid and heat flows in porous and fractured media.

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Feedback Sought for New North Berkeley Shuttle Route

To improve commuting options for employees and free up parking on-site, the Lab is planning a pilot morning and afternoon shuttle service from North Berkeley. The route and schedule are under development, with service scheduled to start by the end of the month. This pilot program is designed to gauge potential usage of the route. Review these proposed routes and schedules, then provide feedback via this survey by Oct. 11.

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