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Splitting Water: Nanoscale Imaging Yields Key Insights

Researchers Johanna Eichhorn and Francesca Toma of Chemical Sciences, working with scientists at the Molecular Foundry, have pioneered a technique that uses nanoscale imaging to understand how local, nanoscale properties can affect a material’s macroscopic performance, allowing them to map the current at every point of a photoelectrochemical material for use in an artificial photosynthesis system. More>

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Volunteer Judges Needed for Aug. 11 Student Poster Competition

Volunteer judges are needed for Biotech Partners’ poster competition on Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Berkeley High School. Expertise in science is not required. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Linda Gayden, executive director of Biotech Partners, by Wednesday, July 25. More>

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Ultrathin Membrane Opens Door for Building Biohybrid Electrochemical Systems

Biosciences researchers have developed a novel nanoscale membrane that opens up a large design space for building scalable biohybrid electrochemical systems for a variety of applications, including electricity generation, waste remediation, and resource recovery, in addition to chemical synthesis. The paper describing their work was recently published in Nature Communications. More>

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Ravi Prasher Named Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies

Ravi Prasher has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy Technologies Area. The announcement follows an international search led by Horst Simon, Deputy Director for Research. Prasher, an internationally renowned scientist in the field of thermal energy science and technologies, has been director of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division since 2015. More>

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Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier to Give Lab Talk on July 20

Jaron Lanier – a virtual reality pioneer, musician, and author – will present a talk on Friday, July 20, at 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The presentation is part of the Lab Postdoc Association’s Series X seminars seminars. To learn more about Lanier, see these articles in The New York Times and Vox.

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Help the W3C Shape the Web

Did you know that, as a Berkeley Lab employee, you can help steer the future of the web? As a member of the W3C, the Lab can nominate experts to participate in working groups that develop web standards, and interest groups that explore new technologies and ideas (full list). In addition, anyone can participate in W3C community groups. Questions? Contact Annette Greiner, the Lab’s W3C representative.

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CERT Training in August

If a disaster strikes, will you be prepared? The Lab’s Emergency Management group will host Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in August. CERT training teaches disaster response skills such as preparedness, small fire suppression, medical triage and treatment, and light search and rescue. Go here for more information.

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A Supercool Component for a Next-Generation Dark Matter Experiment

A large titanium cryostat designed to keep its contents chilled to minus 148 degrees has completed its journey from Europe to South Dakota, where it will become part of a next-generation dark matter detector for the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment. More>

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Don’t Miss Director Witherell’s ‘State of the Lab’ Address at 1 p.m. Today

Join Lab Director Mike Witherell today, June 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for his annual State of the Lab address to the Berkeley Lab community in the Building 50 auditorium, and will be livestreamed here. Witherell will cover the Lab’s research and operations priorities, the FY18 and FY19 federal budgets, our responsibilities to manage the Lab thoughtfully, and other topics.

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EESA’s Lisa Alvarez-Cohen Named Vice Provost for Academic Planning

Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, a faculty scientist in the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, has been appointed UC Berkeley’s next vice provost for academic planning. Alvarez-Cohen currently holds the Fred and Claire Sauer Professorship in Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on the application of microbiological processes for the elimination of environmental contaminants. More>

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