Today at Berkeley Lab

Bell Named to National Academy of Sciences Board on Mathematics

The senior staff mathematician in the Center for Computational Research is well known for his work in the areas of finite volume methods for low-Mach-number flows, adaptive mesh refinement, and parallel computing. More>

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Cancer Screening Algorithm Wins Award

The current method for screening uterine cancer (Pap smears) can often lead to false negatives. A challenge was issued to develop tools to extract the boundaries of individual cytoplasm and nucleus from overlapping cervical cell images to help improve diagnosis. A team that includes CRD’s Daniela Ushizima (front right) created the winning method. More>

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The Economist Recognizes Jay Keasling for Anti-Malarial Effort

The Lab’s ALD for Biosciences and JBEI CEO has won the 2014 Innovation Award in Bioscience. He was recognized for his development of a synthetic version of the antimalaria drug artemisinin. The award, which recognizes an outstanding person who has made a proven innovation over the past decade, will be presented next month in Hong Kong, where he’ll also speak at the Economist Events Innovation Summit. More>

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Chemical Sciences Division’s Don Tilley Named ACS Fellow

Tilley, a senior faculty chemist, was named by the American Chemical Society to the 2014 class of ACS Fellows. Tilley, an expert on inorganic and organometallic systems, was recognized for “discoveries of new transformations and compounds involving main group elements and the transition metals.” More>

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Director’s 2014 Lifetime and Exceptional Achievement Awards Announced

Mark Levine received the Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Award in the area of Societal Impact, while David Schlegel, Axel Visel, Oliver Gessner, and Tanja Woyke received the Exceptional Achievement award in the scientific area. Go here for full list of awardees. A ceremony will be held on Monday, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. in the Building 50 auditorium.

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MSD Director Xiang Zhang Wins 2014 ASME Fitzroy Medal

Materials scientist was cited for his “pioneering contributions in metamaterials and the creation of the first optical superlens to overcome the fundamental diffraction limit in imaging; and for the invention of plasmonic lithography technology that enabled nanoscale manufacturing, which is important for microelectronics and data storage applications.” More>

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Meet Juliane Mueller, 2014 Alvarez Fellow

Mueller joins Lab’s Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering where she will be developing optimization algorithms for computationally expensive black-box problems. She will discuss her work at a seminar on August 29, at 1 p.m. in Building 50F-1647. More>

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Lab Named ‘Champion of Energy Efficiency’

The award was conferred at the biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Lab was cited for “four decades of leadership of leadership in R&D, helping to improve building technology and systems in collaboration with industry and state.” More>

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Lab Computational Cosmologists Honored by NASA

Julian Borrill, Reijo Keskitalo and Ted Kisner have received a NASA Group Achievement Award for “outstanding supercomputing support provided to the US Planck Team.” The team was honored for their work in support of the first Planck data release. More>

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Lab Wins Three 2014 R&D 100 Awards

Winners include a fast way to analyze the chemical composition of cells, genetic tools to improve crops, and a bioinformatics platform for screening 3-D cell culture models. The technologies could lead to advances in biofuels, food crops, drug screening, and biomaterials, and to a better understanding of microbial communities. More>

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