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Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) Hosts Annual Summit

Join clean tech entrepreneurs, policy makers and industry leaders to network and discuss the world’s most pressing energy challenges at the BERC Energy Summit, Feb.23-24, at UC Berkeley. Topics include energy policy, green jobs, self-driving technology, and other clean tech efforts. A pitch contest and innovation expo will kick off the event. More>

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NSD’s Jacak Makes Case for a Next-Gen Particle Collider

Nuclear Science’s Barbara Jacak spoke at an American Physical Society meeting about a mysterious, frictionless fluid known as the quark gluon plasma, created by colliding the nuclei of heavy atoms. Data from these collisions suggests that other exotic conditions may produce droplets with similar properties, and a new type of particle collider could help discover how these plasmas form. More>

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Green Science Institute Hosts Conference on Flame Retardant Dilemma

What do Teflon frying pans, Goretex jackets, and pizza boxes have in common? They are among the consumer products that still contain toxic flame retardants. Learn more at the “Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond Symposium” on Feb. 10 at UC Berkeley. Among the event organizers is Don Lucas of the Energy Technologies Area. More>

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Water-Energy Town Hall on Feb. 3

The meeting — from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Building 66 Auditorium — kicks off discussion of the Lab-wide “Water-Energy” LDRD initiative. Short talks will describe some current water-energy projects at the Lab followed by open discussion. Attendees will have a chance to talk about their ideas for proposals and network with others responding to this call. More>

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Workshop Focuses on Unique Science Enabled by ALS-U

Visiting scientists gave input during a workshop last week on the range of new X-ray science made possible by a planned upgrade of the Advanced Light Source. The upgrade project, known as ALS-U, will boost the brightness, focus, and other properties of the light beams produced at the ALS. ALS Director Roger Falcone (left) is pictured with ALS-U Project Director David Robin. More>

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Register for JGI’s New Lineages of Life (NeLLi) Workshop

The Joint Genome Institute’s NeLLi workshop—which takes place April 5-6 in Walnut Creek—will focus on experimental innovations, computational advances, and other technological developments that will enable researchers to move from identification of microbial novelty to assigning metabolic and functional capabilities. More>

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Events and Meals Policy Updated

The Lab’s policies for attending and hosting events, and working meals, have been updated into one comprehensive policy. Employees involved with event activities at the Lab or offsite are responsible for complying with the Events and Meals policy. Go here for more information. Contact Conference Services for additional details.

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Register for JGI’s Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

The event takes place March 20-23 in Walnut Creek. The plenary session begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, with the first keynote address followed by the first of two poster sessions. Those who register by Jan. 20 save $50. Workshops will run all day Monday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 21, with separate registration required. More>

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Register for JGI’s Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics Workshop in February

The workshop on Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics, set for Feb. 27 to March 3, will include seminars and extensive hands-on tutorials on how to use the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) family of systems for comparative analysis of isolate genomes and metagenomes. Cost is $425 for the five-day course. Go here to register and for more information.

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EESA Researchers Participate in Twitter Q&A at AGU Conference

Ken Williams and Eoin Brodie of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area sat down to chat with our Twitter followers about the implications of early snowmelt on mountain ecosystems at this year’s EESA booth at the American Geophysics Union meeting in San Francisco. Follow their conversation here.

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