Today at Berkeley Lab

DOE Senior Advisor on Veterans Relations Visits Lab

Morgan Luttrell visited on Jan. 11 to learn more about the Lab’s computing capabilities and explore partnerships to improve health care for veterans. He heard presentations from researchers in the Computing Sciences and Biosciences Areas, toured NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and the Advanced Light Source, and met with Lab veterans, among other activities. More>

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The Blob that Ate the Tokamak

To fuse hydrogen atoms into helium, devices called tokamaks must maintain the heat of the ultrahot plasma they control. But “boiling” plasma develops blobs that reduce the performance of the plasma. Analysis conducted at NERSC by researchers from Princeton Plasma Physics Lab has provided insight into how blobs at the plasma edge behave. More>

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Application Period Open for UC Agriculture Fellowship

This fellowship, funded by the UC Global Food Initiative, offers University of California graduate students the opportunity to plan, engage, and implement international projects in developing countries that address global challenges in agriculture and food systems. The application period closes Wednesday, Feb. 28. More>

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Employee Discount for Feb. 1 Berkeley Symphony Concert

The Berkeley Symphony Concert Program III, Guetty & Berlioz, takes place at 8 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. Lab staff can purchase balcony seats for $10 with the code LABGRAD10, or rear or front orchestra, or rear-side mezzanine for $20 with code LAB20. Go here to purchase tickets. The Lab’s Postdoc Association is sponsoring this offer.

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DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar Visits Lab

Paul Dabbar’s visit on Jan. 18 focused on the Lab’s user facilities and industry engagement programs. He toured the Integrative Genomics Building construction site, JBEI, NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and the Advanced Light Source, and heard presentations on the proposed science to be conducted at the Lab’s Biocampus site, and high-performance computing. Go here to view a slideshow of his visit.

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Lab Scientists Contribute to State Report on Natural Gas Infrastructure

Jens Birkholzer, Curt Oldenburg, and Jeff Greenblatt were the Lab’s lead authors on a report by the California Council on Science & Technology assessing the long-term viability of underground natural gas storage in California. The report responds to Gov. Brown’s 2016 emergency proclamation following the Aliso Canyon gas leak. Go here to watch a noon public briefing on the report. More>

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Lab’s Ravi Prasher Speaks on Building Better Batteries

As part of a UC Berkeley energy forum, Prasher (Energy Technologies Area) spoke on efforts he and his colleagues have pioneered using computing power to discover new materials for batteries of the future. Finding these new materials will allow the use of energy on demand, he says. Watch his presentation here.

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Lab Staff Invited to Annual WSEC Networking Forum on Feb. 5

Berkeley Lab’s Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) will be hosting its annual networking forum on Monday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. This event will provide an opportunity to network with Lab senior leadership and scientific staff. This year’s program will feature Physics Division Director Natalie Roe. All employees are welcome to attend. More>

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Increased Patrol of Parking Areas and Enforcement of Parking Regulations

Substantial increases in the demand for parking on the Hill has resulted in a rise in parking violations and related safety concerns. To address this, Protective Services will increase patrols and the issuance of citations beginning Feb. 1. Repeat violations will result in the loss of parking privileges for five days. Current parking policies are available here. Send questions/feedback here.

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X-Rays Reveal ‘Handedness’ in Swirling Electric Vortices

Scientists used spiraling X-rays at Berkeley Lab to observe, for the first time, a property that gives left- or right-handedness to swirling electric patterns —dubbed polar vortices — in a layered material called a superlattice. Researchers said the behavior could be explored for coupling to magnetic or optical (light-based) devices. More>

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