Today at Berkeley Lab

Deep Diamonds: Study Suggests Water May Exist in Earth’s Lower Mantle

A new study, which included experiments at Berkeley Lab, suggests that water may be more common than expected at extreme depths approaching 400 miles and possibly beyond – within Earth’s lower mantle. The study explored microscopic pockets of a trapped form of crystallized water molecules in a sampling of diamonds. More>

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Maxon Testifies Before House Committee on National Labs, U.S. Competitiveness

On March 14, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Mary Maxon testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space & Technology. During the hearing, Maxon pointed to the national laboratories’ ability to address national mission needs through their user facilities, expertise in scientific research, and partnerships with universities and industry. The full testimony can be found here.

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Combination of Old and New Yields Novel Power Grid Cybersecurity Tool

An innovative R&D project led by Berkeley Lab researchers that combines cybersecurity, machine learning algorithms, and commercially available power-system sensor technology to better protect the electric power grid has sparked interest from U.S. utilities, power companies, and government officials. More>

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New Policy on Time-Sensitive Chemicals

Employees who work with chemicals may be affected by a new policy in the Chemical Hygiene and Safety Plan, Work Process P.1. The new policy, which includes requirements for four new categories of time-sensitive chemicals, can be found here.

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Lab Researchers Awarded Funds for Climate Science, Cybersecurity Research

Berkeley Lab is a co-recipient of four awards — three awards that will fund research related to climate science, and one award for a cybersecurity project — from the University of California National Laboratory Fees Research Program. For 2018, the program invested more than $25 million in seven research teams focused on climate science, cybersecurity, and national security through the social sciences. More>

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Know Your Zone’s Hazards and Emergency Response Capabilities; Training Available

In addition to knowing the zone you work in at Berkeley Lab, Emergency Management staff urges all Lab personnel to become familiar with the specific hazards and emergency response capabilities that are available in each zone. Emergency Management will host training sessions this month to help familiarize employees with each zone’s specific hazards as well as its emergency response capabilities. More>

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JGI Winter Primer Now Available

The latest issue of The JGI Primer recaps the debut of a functional genomics database for cultivating beneficial plant-microbe relationships, the development of a Brachypodium pan-genome, how comparative genomics traced the evolution of the “humongous fungus,” the first CAM eudicot to have its genome sequenced, and more. Go here to view The Primer.

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In Memoriam: Maria Elena Garcia (1937-2018)

Former Lab employee Maria Elena Garcia passed away on March 7; she was 80 years old. She worked in the Director’s Office for 37 years in support of three Lab directors — Andy Sessler, Dave Shirley, and Chuck Shank — until she retired on April 5, 1997. Garcia’s service will take place on Friday, March 16, at 5 p.m., at St. Joseph Cemetery and Funeral Center.

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Learn About Changes to International System of Units Today

Peter Mohr of the National Institute of Standards and Technology will speak on “The New SI and Fundamental Constants” on March 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Test Your UC IQ: Take the 150th Anniversary Quiz by March 16

To help celebrate the University of California’s 150th anniversary, employees, students, and retirees are invited to test their UC knowledge with a lighthearted quiz and contest. A perfect score will earn contestants entry into a random drawing for UC merchandise. Submit your entry by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16. Winners will be selected the week of March 19. More>

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