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Site Access Office Closing Early on June 4

The Site Access office will closed at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 4, for a special event. For site access emergencies during that time, call the Security Operations Center (x6999) or Nathan Keller (x4203).

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Policy Reminder on Research Misconduct

The Research and Institutional Integrity Office (RIIO) is responsible for responding to reports of possible research misconduct and concerns expressed about research integrity. Supervisors and managers should report such concerns to the RIIO. To ask questions or discuss concerns, contact Vicki Laden, the Lab’s Employee Concerns Manager. More>

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UC 150th: Lab Figures Large in Campus Research Timeline

From Ernest Lawrence’s first design of the cyclotron in 1931 and his brother John’s launching of nuclear medicine in 1937, to Jay Keasling’s creation of an affordable malaria drug in 2006 and Jennifer Doudna’s discovery of CRISPR technology in 2012, Lab researchers have played an important part of UC Berkeley’s 150-year history. Go here to view a full timeline of milestones.

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Status of DESI Project Discussed at Collaboration Meeting in Arizona

Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) researchers are gathered in Arizona to discuss the status of the project, which will capture light from millions of galaxies and take precise measurements of the universe’s expansion rate. Berkeley Lab is a DESI collaborator. Research will be conducted at the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak Observatory in Tucson, AZ (pictured).

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Increased Solar and Wind Power Lowers Prices, but Raises New Questions

Joachim Seel, Andrew Mills, and Ryan Wiser of the Energy Technologies Area co-authored a piece in The Conversation on their new report about how electricity prices will be affected by increasing amounts of renewable sources of energy.

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Memorial Day: May 28 Holiday Honors Those Who Died Serving Our Country

While you’re enjoying the three-day weekend (Monday is a Lab holiday), remember that Memorial Day was created to honor those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Founded in 1868 by General John Logan, Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) became a federal holiday in 1971. More>

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Bike to Work Month: Olga Kavvada Cycles for Efficiency

For Olga Kavvada, a postdoctoral researcher in the Energy Technologies Area, biking to work is all about time efficiency — there are no traffic jams in the bike lane. “By biking everywhere, I know exactly how long it will take me to get somewhere, and I don’t need to plan for delays, wait times, or parking stress,” she says. More>

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Tell Your Story: May 31 Workshop on the ‘Art and Science’ of Communicating

The Lab’s Peter Fiske will lead a new workshop on “The Art & Science of Communication: Telling Your Story” on Thursday, May 31, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. This workshop is recommended for graduate students, postdocs, and early career scientists. Register here (course code PDT 0117). Visit postdocresources.lbl.gov for more information. The workshop will also be livestreamed at streaming.lbl.gov.

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Feel Better: JGI Hosts Annual Safety and Wellness Fair on May 30

The Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is hosting its 12th Annual Safety and Wellness Fair from noon to 2 p.m. on May 30 at the JGI courtyard in Walnut Creek. Attendees from Berkeley Lab are welcome. The fair will be held Over 50 exhibitors will be participating, promoting safety, health, wellness, and sustainability. More>

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DOE Podcast Covers 17 National Labs in 17 Minutes

An important part of the Department of Energy’s enterprise is science research, which is conducted at the DOE’s 17 national labs, including Berkeley Lab. But how to talk about all 17 in just one podcast? The hosts of the “Direct Current” podcast attempt to do so. The Berkeley Lab segment highlights Kristin Persson and the Materials Project. More>

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