Today at Berkeley Lab

World Economic Forum Honors Lab Startup

Lab startup Second Genome was named a 2017 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, one of 30 early stage companies around the world anticipated to have a significant effect on business and society. Second Genome applies its proprietary microbiome platform to drug discovery and development. The startup’s current focus is the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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Cori Ranked Sixth in New TOP500 List

The Cori supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the sixth fastest system in the world, according to the latest TOP500 list. The list ranks the world’s most powerful supercomputers based on the Linpack benchmark and is released twice a year. More>

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Biotech Partners Recognizes Irina Silva as Exceptional Mentoring Partner

Silva (center), Communications and Outreach manager for the Joint BioEnergy Institute, was recognized for developing activities and internship opportunities for students at JBEI and the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit. Biotech Partners provides underserved youth with personal, academic, and professional development to encourage them to seek science careers. More>

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‘Phantom of the Universe’ Honored at International Planetarium Festival

Phantom of the Universe, which explores the search for dark matter, was created and executive produced by Michael Barnett of the Physics Division. The FullDome Festival gave the film an honorable mention. More>

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Nominations Open for Employee Recognition Program; Deadline is June 30

Administered by HR in conjunction with the Directorate, the Awards for Exceptional Achievement and Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Award recognize teams and individuals for significant accomplishments in advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Any employee can submit a nomination. Honorees will be acknowledged at a ceremony and reception in December.

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Yaghi Wins Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Lab materials scientist Omar Yaghi is the society’s Spiers Memorial Award winner for 2017. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to the chemical sciences. Award winners are evaluated for the originality and impact of their research as well as the quality of the results. More>

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Materials Scientist Marvin Cohen Receives Franklin Medal

The Franklin Institute Awards were founded in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin in 1824. Cohen was recognized “for making possible atomic-scale calculations of the properties of materials so detailed that new materials and their mechanical, thermal, electrical and optical properties can be predicted in agreement with experiments.” More>

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MSD’s Rob Ritchie Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

Ritchie is one of 10 new foreign members to receive this prestigious recognition for their outstanding contributions to science. He was recognized for his “research into the mechanics and micro-mechanisms of fracture and fatigue of a broad range of structural and biological materials, where he has provided a microstructural basis for their damage-tolerance and fatigue resistance.” More>

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John Clarke Named to American Philosophical Society

Clarke, an affiliate in the Materials Sciences Division, was recognized for his work on superconductivity, particularly the development and application of ultrasensitive SQUIDs (superconducting quantum interference devices). The APS, the first learned society in the United States, was established more than 250 years. More>

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EESA Faculty Scientist Mary Firestone Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Mary Firestone, of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Her work includes developing a greater understanding of the soil microbial environment. She has collaborated with EESA researcher Eoin Brodie on studies examining the role of microbial communities in the environment.

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