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Lab Researchers to Speak at UC Berkeley’s Cal Future Forum

The May 12 forum will explore responses to the global impacts of human activity. Speakers will provide a synopsis of the state of the planet, the challenges faced, and solutions being developed. Lab participants include David Ackerly, Bill Collins, Inez Fung, Ashok Gadgil, Mary Ann Piette, and Ravi Prasher. More>

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Lab Reps to Attend National Postdoc Association Meeting for the First Time

Four members of the Lab’s Postdoc Association will participate in the annual meeting of the National Postdoc Association in San Francisco April 17-19. “It is encouraging to see increasing amount of resources and effort dedicated to improving the postdoc experiences by the Lab Postdoc Associations and other institutions.” says EESA’s Hang Deng. More>

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Women in IT Invited to Apply for Program at SC17 Conference

Applications are now being accepted for the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program at the SC17 conference to be held Nov. 12–17 in Denver, Colorado. Applications are to be submitted using the 2017 WINS Application Form. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 24. More>

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Jill Banfield to Keynote JGI’s April NeLLi Workshop

Joint Genome Institute collaborator Jill Banfield (EESA) will deliver the keynote talk at the “NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life to New Functions” Workshop, April 5-6 in Walnut Creek. The workshop aims to foster discussions on how to capture, define, quantify, and functionally characterize microbial and viral diversity. Go here for full agenda, speaker lineup, and registration information.

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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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