Today at Berkeley Lab

University of California Celebrates 150th Birthday

In 1868, the University of California was founded in Oakland, after the Organic Act was signed into law. Now, 150 years later, the university, which manages Berkeley Lab for the Department of Energy, conducts one-tenth of all academic research in the nation and is one of the premier educational systems in the world. A timeline has been created to chart this historical path. More>

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Molecular Foundry Winter Seminar Series Starts Jan. 23

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a distinguished lineup of eight speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience. Shirley Meng from UC San Diego will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS speaker on Feb. 6. The seminars are on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. More>

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Lot N1 Partial Closure, Shuttle Stop Relocated

The eastern portion and entrance to parking lot N1 are closed to through traffic through Jan. 19. As a result, shuttle stop 52 will be temporarily relocated to McMillan Road at the top of the wooden stairs from N1. Facilities is making every effort to minimize impacts to parking and traffic. Contact Yvonne Chavez (x6265) with questions. See map.

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Dark Energy Survey (DES) Publicly Releases First Three Years of Data

This first major release of data from the survey includes information on about 400 million astronomical objects, including distant galaxies billions of light-years away as well as stars in our own galaxy. DES scientists are using this data to learn more about dark energy. Berkeley Lab is a DES collaborator. More>

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Director’s Message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As you know, Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On this holiday, we remember and celebrate the civil rights leader and the movement he led, which took place a century after the Civil War. As Coretta Scott King has said, “We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles.” His words are as meaningful today as they were when he spoke them. Enjoy the holiday on Monday, and perhaps take the opportunity to speak with your family about what it means for all of us.

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Peter Fiske Leads Jan. 18 Postdoc Workshop on Informational Interviewing

Informational Interviewing is an effective way of uncovering job opportunities, identifying new research sponsors and projects, and expanding networks. To aid Lab postdocs, EESA’s Peter Fiske will lead a workshop on “Informational Interviewing: The Key to Unlocking Career Opportunities in Science and Beyond” at noon on Jan. 18. Sign-up via Employee Self Service (class code PDT107).

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Tax, Withholding Changes Due to ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ Legislation

The recent signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs act will incur significant changes to 2018 income tax rates and withholding from employee paychecks. The IRS has released withholding guidance to implement this legislation. The Lab will update its HR/Payroll system once the software patch is released. The IRS may also revise the W-4 form to comply with the new regulations. More>

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Steve Chu Selected as AAAS President-Elect

Nobel laureate, former Energy Secretary, and former Lab Director Steve Chu has been chosen as president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Chu will start his three-year term in February. AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. More>

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Director’s Message on Ramamoorthy Ramesh Stepping Down as ETA Leader

Associate Lab Director Ramamoorthy Ramesh has announced his plans to step down as the leader of the Energy Technologies Area (ETA) to focus on his research in correlated oxides and ultra-low-power oxide electronics. A nationwide search for a new leader of ETA will begin immediately. He will step down on July 1. More>

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Ingredients for Life Revealed in Meteorites That Fell to Earth

A detailed study of blue salt crystals found in two meteorites that crashed to Earth — which included X-ray experiments at Berkeley Lab — found that they contain both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds including hydrocarbons and amino acids. More>

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