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Volunteer Judges Needed for Aug. 11 Student Poster Competition

Volunteer judges are needed for Biotech Partners’ poster competition on Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Berkeley High School. Expertise in science is not required. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Linda Gayden, executive director of Biotech Partners, by Wednesday, July 25. More>

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Ultrathin Membrane Opens Door for Building Biohybrid Electrochemical Systems

Biosciences researchers have developed a novel nanoscale membrane that opens up a large design space for building scalable biohybrid electrochemical systems for a variety of applications, including electricity generation, waste remediation, and resource recovery, in addition to chemical synthesis. The paper describing their work was recently published in Nature Communications. More>

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KBase Flagship Paper Published in Nature Biotechnology

The DOE’s Systems Biology Knowledgebase, or KBase, is a collaborative, open software and data platform designed to meet the grand challenge of predicting and designing biological function from the biomolecular to the ecological. An overview of the platform and assessment of its impact was recently published in Nature Biotechnology. More>

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Mortimer Participates at AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy

Jenny Mortimer (Biosciences Area) participated in a recent AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy panel on “Science Competitiveness in Relation to Public Support for Science.” Panelists discussed how the scientific community must work to maintain societal relevance and build trust. Mortimer presented a code of ethics for scientists recently developed by the World Economic Forum’s Young Scientists community. More>

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Planning for Proposed BioEPIC Research Facility Gets Under Way

Conceptual planning has begun for the Biological and Environmental Program Integration Center (BioEPIC), a unique scientific facility proposed for the Lab’s Bayview site, following approval of the “mission need” by the Department of Energy in late March. More>

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Former Senior Biophysicist John Lyman — Inventor of Lyman Model — Dies at 86

John Tompkins Lyman, a former senior biophysicist at Berkeley Lab who researched the biological effects of ionizing radiation, passed away on May 30 at the age of 86 in Walnut Creek. His widely used analysis and method of optimization for radiation treatment became known as the Lyman Model. There will be a celebration of his life this Saturday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m. at Postino Restaurant in Lafayette. More>

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5-Year Progress Report on Biosciences Strategic Plan Now Available

Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon has announced the completion of the 5-Year Progress Report that measures progress toward meeting the milestones outlined in the Biosciences Strategic Plan, an important step in demonstrating accountability for the aspirations first outlined in 2013. More>

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Faster, Cheaper, Better: A New Way to Synthesize DNA

In what could address a critical bottleneck in biology research, Sebastian Palluk and Daniel Arlow, grad students working with Jay Keasling at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, have pioneered a new way to synthesize DNA sequences through a creative use of enzymes that promises to be faster, cheaper, and more accurate. Their paper was published in Nature Biotechnology. More>

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Lab’s Jennifer Doudna Shares 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience

The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, given every other year by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Kavli Foundation, was awarded this year to Jennifer Doudna of the Lab’s Biosciences Area and two colleagues who developed the powerful nanoscale tool CRISPR-Cas9 to edit DNA. More>

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Report Outlines Vision for Improving STEM Graduate Education

Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that released a report that describes the attributes of an ideal STEM graduate education system, identifies core educational competencies common across all STEM fields, and recommends changes to make the graduate education system more student-centric. More>

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