Today at Berkeley Lab

Getting Enough Sleep? Here Are Some Resources to Help Get Much Needed Rest

Sleep is important to our overall physical health and well-being. The National Institutes of Health offers a guide on healthy sleep. Kaiser provides resources and information on insomnia. Learn more about sleep disorders from the Sutter Medical Group. Cognitive behavioral therapy may offer relief for sleeplessness. If you think you might have a sleep disorder talk with your doctor or clinician.

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Berkeley Scientists Lead New Assessment of Bay Area Climate Impacts

California has issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change, such as changes to sea levels, and wildfires, which are currently raging throughout the state. The assessment includes nine regional reports, including the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the 24 authors of this report are four researchers from the Lab: Andrew Jones, Mary Ann Piette, Alan Rhoades, and Michael Wehner. More>

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Five Lab Technologies are Finalists for R&D 100 Awards

Lab finalists include technologies from the Energy Sciences, Computing Sciences, Energy Technologies, and Physical Sciences areas. Winners will be announced at a special event in Florida Nov. 15-16. The award honors the latest and best innovations, identifying the top technologies of the past year. More>

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Applications Open for DOE Graduate Research Program

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Research Program enables U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis at a Department of Energy national lab for 3 to 12 months in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal is to prepare grad students for scientific careers that are aligned with DOE’s and the Office of Science’s mission. Deadline for applications is Nov. 15. More>

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Free Big Data Workshop Sept. 5-6

The workshop — sponsored by the IT Division — will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform. This is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Development Environment. Attendance is free, but space is limited. Registration deadline is Aug. 30.

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Voting for Runaround T-Shirt Contest Now Open; Deadline is Sept. 14

Which design will decorate the T-shirts for the 41st annual Runaround? You get to decide. Employees are invited to review design submissions, then select their favorite one. Only one vote is allowed. Duplicate votes will be deleted. Voting ends on Friday, Sept. 14. The winning design will be revealed on the day of the Runaround race (Oct. 12). Go here to vote.

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Getting a Charge Out of MOFs

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have made a metal organic framework (MOF) with the highest electron charge mobilities ever observed, along with a technique to improve the conductivity of other MOFs. To work around MOFs’ inherently low electrical conductivity, the researchers added a potassium chemical mix to an iron benzenedipyrazolate MOF. More>

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Wind Technology Advancements Continue to Drive Down Wind Energy Prices

Wind energy pricing remains attractive, according to an annual report released by the Department of Energy and prepared by Berkeley Lab. At an average of around 2 cents per kilowatt-hour, prices offered by newly built wind projects in the United States are being driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions. More>

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Geosciences Measurement Facility Celebrates 45th Summer Field Season

The Geosciences Measurement Facility (GMF) at Berkeley Lab is distinguished by its ability to build, test, and deploy customized instrumentation and innovative data acquisition and telemetry solutions, which support earth and environmental research. This summer, GMF crews have collectively traveled more than 25,000 miles to deploy these solutions at field sites across the world. More>

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Joint JGI-NERSC-KBase Call for Biological Data Science Proposals; Sept. 24 Deadline

The Joint Genome Institute, NERSC, and KBase have issued a joint call for proposals in biological data science as part of the Facilities Integrating Capabilities for User Science (FICUS) initiative. The call aims to help users perform large-scale computational analyses of genomics and related omics data to solve problems relevant to the DOE missions in bioenergy and the environment. Proposals are due Sept. 24. More>

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