Use Extreme Caution Around Facilities Operations

April 21, 2014

Lab staff are reminded to always follow the direction of traffic flaggers and never circumvent safety warning devices. Facilities workers deal with hazardous situations around the Lab almost every day. When these hazards have the potential to affect our coworkers and guests, Facilities workers take precautions to protect the Lab community by erecting caution tape, placing cones in the roadway for traffic control, or setting up barriers to deny access. Observing the following precautions will help to keep them safe. Remember…

· Never move or circumvent warning devices
· Drive very slowly around traffic control zones
· Don’t pass forklifts or busses on Lab roadways
· Reduce speed around construction sites

Violators can be issued a citation by UCPD for disobeying traffic control flaggers.

Café Offers Street Tacos for Guest Appreciation Day on Tuesday

April 21, 2014

The Bay View Cafe will be featuring $2 carne asada street tacos for its monthly Guest Appreciation Day tomorrow. Also on the menu is Coho salmon with beet-studded quinoa. Eggs Benedict has been a huge hit, so will now be the Wednesday Breakfast Special, as well as double cut brioche French toast with caramelized banana’s and walnuts. The Friday BBQ season kicks off on April 25.

In Memoriam: Andrew Sessler (1928-2014)

April 18, 2014

Andrew Marienhoff Sessler passed away today (April 18, 2014), following a long illness. He was 85. The former director of Berkeley Lab was a visionary in accelerator and energy sciences, and was instrumental in the worldwide effort to liberate scientists suffering from political oppression. More>

Lab Partners With Software Carpentry For Coding Bootcamp for Women

April 18, 2014

Working with the group Software Carpentry, whose mission is to teach researchers basic lab skills for scientific computing, the Lab’s IT Division held a software bootcamp for Women in Science and Engineering. More than 150 women, mostly grad students and postdocs and some from industry, attended the two-day session at the Lab this week, learning about Python, SQL, Git and other software tools that can help them become more productive in their research. Afterwards, the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education hosted a reception to reach out to participants about internship and other educational opportunities offered by the Lab.

Lab Cybersecurity Experts Monitor ‘Heartbeat’ of Heartbleed Bug

April 18, 2014

[New York Times] Ever since the Heartbleed bug was exposed last week, the question everyone has been asking is: Did anyone exploit it before a Google researcher first discovered it? Security researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division and NERSC say that it is still possible to look for past Heartbleed exploitations by measuring the size of any messages sent to the vulnerable part of the OpenSSL code, called the Heartbeat, and the size of the information request that hits a server. More>

Lab Programs Enable Ebola Virus Research

April 18, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed over 110 lives and more than 170 cases have been reported. While there is no known cure for the virus, basic research is providing insight into the viral mechanism. Recently, a team led by Erica Ollman Saphire (Scripps) elucidated one of the structures of an Ebola virus protein VP40 using data collected in the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology at the Advanced Light Source. Further studies illustrate how VP40 assumes various structural conformations to enable different functions. All structures were solved using PHENIX, automated crystallography software developed under the direction of Paul Adams in the Physical Biosciences Division. More>

Joint Genome Institute Launches Phytozome v10

April 18, 2014

Phytozome, the Joint Genome Institute’s Plant Comparative Genomics portal, has launched its 10th release, with all new look and feel, and improved tools and navigation. The portal provides the research community with access to 46 sequenced and annotated green plant genomes sorted into gene families at 13 evolutionarily significant nodes. The genomes available at Phytozome include those of JGI Flagship Plants such as soybean, sorghum, foxtail millet, the green alga Chlamydomonas and the moss Physcomitrella. Check out the genomes here.

President Obama Addresses PECASE Winners at Awards Ceremony

April 18, 2014

A group of leading researchers were honored on Monday at the White House as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. President Obama addressed the awardees as part of the ceremony. Lab PECASE winners include Daniel Kasen (Nuclear Science), Adam Weber (EETD), Junqiao Wu (Materials Sciences), and Ahmet Yildiz (Physical Biosciences). More>

Entrepreneurial Pitfalls Topic of April 25 SkyDeck Event

April 18, 2014

Greg Beattie of Veritas Law presents “What You Need to Know About Equity (and more!) as an Entrepreneur: Five Pitfalls to Avoid” at SkyDeck Berkeley (2150 Shattuck Ave., Penthouse floor), on Friday, April 25, 4 to 5 pm. Networking follows from 5 to 6 pm. This free event is hosted by the UC Berkeley Office of intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances and SkyDeck Berkeley, a startup accelerator. For details and registration, go here.

Archiving Files/Records Class on April 25

April 18, 2014

Are you running out of space in your office, moving to a new office, or tasked with processing the records of retiring (or already retired) scientists? Learn more about files that need to be kept, which can be archived, which can be disposed of, and DOE and Lab compliance at a workshop put on by the Archives and Records Office (ARO) on Friday, April 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 50B-4205. Go here to register. More>