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Discounted Early Registration for ALS User Meeting Ends Sept. 18

The ALS Users’ Executive Committee and meeting organizers have assembled a full program featuring news from DOE, keynote talks, and science highlights, as well as 13 focused workshops, a student poster “slam,” and an awards presentation at the annual banquet. The ALS User Meeting will take place Oct. 2-4. Register and view the agenda here.

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Foundry Summit on Mimicking Nature with Designer Molecules

The Molecular Foundry is hosting the 10th Peptoid Summit, a gathering of students, postdocs, and other researchers who are investigating new directions in biologically inspired polymer research, focusing on synthetic chains of molecules termed peptoids. The meeting began August 10 and ends August 11. More>

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Molecular Foundry Hosts User Meeting August 17 to18

Events include keynote addresses from Harriet Kung (DOE Basic Energy Sciences associate director), Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig (UC Berkeley) and Monica Olvera de la Cruz (Northwestern University), a poster session/reception, and break-out symposia on ultrafast imaging, low-dimensional materials, big data, soft materials, and more. Registration deadline is August 6. More>

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DESI, POLARBEAR/Simons Array Teams Gather at the Lab

Researchers with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) collaboration and POLARBEAR/Simons Array collaboration met at the Lab to talk about technical progress on their respective projects. DESI seeks to create the largest 3-D map of the universe, while POLARBEAR is observing the most ancient light in the universe for hints of a period of rapid expansion. More>

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Poster Abstract Deadline Approaching for JGI July Secondary Metabolite Meeting

Poster abstract submissions for the JGI’s Microbial and Plant Systems Modulated by Secondary Metabolite Meeting are due June 30. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with a code to plug into the form in order to submit an abstract. Keynote speakers are Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Director Jo Handelsman and Oak Ridge National Lab Corporate Fellow Jerry Tuskan. More>

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Energy Secretary Perry Lauds California’s National Labs During China Trip

The Bay Area Council recently went to China for a global conference on climate change. The delegation, which included the Lab’s Jay Keasling and Alecia Ward, met with Rick Perry to discuss the important role of California’s national labs, including Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore Lab, in advancing clean energy technology. Perry called California’s labs “crown jewels.” More>

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Networking, Collaboration at Recent Forum on China and the Environment

Over 100 scholars from more than 50 different universities and institutions recently gathered at UC Berkeley for the fourth annual Chinese Environmental Scholars Forum, an event supported by the Lab’s Environmental & Earth Sciences Area (EESA) and the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Water Energy Technologies. More>

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Lab Researchers Share Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Making fuel from sunlight, increasing the resiliency of urban waterfronts, and developing low-cost batteries for energy storage are among the efforts by UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab researchers to create solutions for energy efficiency, sustainability, and the environment. Those three endeavors were just a few of the projects presented earlier this month at the Cal Future Forum. More>

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Register for Joint Genome Institute’s July Secondary Metabolites Meeting

Wisconsin Institute of Discovery Director Jo Handelsman and Oak Ridge National Lab distinguished scientist Jerry Tuskan will keynote the JGI’s Microbial and Plant Systems Modulated by Secondary Metabolites Meeting. The meeting brings together investigators interested in the role of secondary metabolites in plant-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions. More>

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Campus Hosts June 14 Symposium on Oxygenic Photosynthesis

A panel of speakers — including Junko Yano of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis — will look at the environmental implications of carbon fixation, policy measures for mitigating the effects of carbon emissions, and engineering approaches to using photosynthesis for climate remediation. More>

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