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A New Website for a New Dark Energy-Hunting Instrument

DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument now under construction at the Mayall Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, has a new website. Go here to follow project progress, view photos and videos, learn about the science of DESI, and meet members of its Lab-led international collaboration.

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Registration Open for August 15-16 Molecular Foundry Annual User Meeting

Registration and poster abstract submission are open for the Molecular Foundry User Meeting on August 15-16. Events include keynote addresses from Carolyn Bertozzi (Stanford University) and David Awschalom (University of Chicago), a poster session, and symposia on topics including quantum information science, rational design of photo-electromechanical energy materials, multimodal in situ characterization and others. More>

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Application Period Open for DOE Energy I-Corps

DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions will host Cohort 8 of Energy I-Corps, an immersive experience giving national lab research teams the tools and training to transition energy-related technologies to the marketplace. Contact Russell Carrington (x6439) by July 20 to express interest. More detail are available via a webinar at noon on July 17 noon. More>

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Employee Responsibilities for Reporting Concerns: Whistleblower Notice

Employees have the right and the responsibility to report concerns about improper governmental activities, and environmental, health and safety, without fear of reprisal. Employees may discuss concerns with a manager, or the Employee Concerns Office, 486-7880. Go here to report them anonymously. Go here for information on how and what to report.

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IceCube Neutrinos Point to Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator

An international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light-years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth. Go here for a Q&A on this discovery with Lab neutrino researcher Spencer Klein. More>

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Kathy Yelick Quoted in Article on March Toward Exascale Computing

There was much celebrating in America last month when the Department of Energy unveiled Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer. Now the race is on to achieve the next significant milestone in processing power: exascale computing. “Our goal is to deliver as many breakthroughs as possible,” says Computing Sciences ALD Kathy Yelick, who is part of the leadership team coordinating the US initiative. More>

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Former Lab Researcher Elected Mayor of Mexico City

On July 1, former Lab researcher Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo became the first woman to be elected mayor of Mexico City. She won nearly 50% of the vote in a field of seven candidates. She will take office on Dec. 1. She worked at the Lab from 1991-1994 in the International Energy Studies Group. More>

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Lab’s Heather Gray Wins IUPAP Young Scientist Award

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics announced their Young Scientist Prize winners, and among recipients in the “Particle and Fields” section is ATLAS researcher Heather Gray. She was recognized for her “strong role in the searches and initial measurements of Higgs boson interactions with quarks.” More>

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Dance Club’s American Tango Lessons Start July 16

Employees are invited to join the Lab Dance Club for American Tango lessons, which begin Monday, July 16, at noon in Building 76-235. All levels are welcome, and no partner is needed. Practice sessions are held on Wednesdays, same time and location. The American Tango session will last two to three months. Note: American Tango is different from Argentine Tango.

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Message From COO Michael Brandt on Retirement of CFO Kim Williams

Chief Financial Officer Kim Williams has announced her retirement, effective Oct. 5. “Kim has built an impressive legacy of outstanding leadership during her career at Berkeley Lab, and she will be greatly missed as she moves on to the next exciting chapter in her life,” says Brandt. An acting CFO will be announced, and a national search is underway for her replacement. More>

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