Today at Berkeley Lab

BERC Hosts Innovation Expo on Oct. 16

The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative event includes a keynote talk by LightSail Energy’s Danielle Fong, an energy innovation case competition for commercializing a Berkeley Lab technology, and a poster session and competition. More>

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Register Now for the 2014 ALS User Meeting

Highlights of the Oct. 6-8 meeting include plenary sessions on the facility’s scientific and technical achievements, a historical overview, and a look a future prospects. Featured speakers include user Erica Saphire, discussing how she has used the ALS for her Ebola research. The event also includes a vendor fair. More>

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Berkeley Lab Convenes Complex Soil Systems Conference This Week

Several scientists from the Earth Sciences Division are co-chairing a Complex Soil Systems Conference, which is being held Sept. 3-5 at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Check the conference website for more information.

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Molecular Foundry/NCEM Users Meeting Draws a Crowd

Nearly 300 scientists from across the nation and around the world attended. Among the prominent speakers for the August 25-26 event included former Berkeley Lab director and Secretary of Energy Steve Chu.

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Registration Open for Sept. 10 LabTech Conference

LabTech — the Lab’s annual computing conference produced for and by staff — includes morning seminars, keynote address, afternoon lightning rounds, demonstration tables, lunch, snacks, and more. Sessions cover topics ranging from scientific computing and data management, to collaboration and productivity. More>

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Hoffman Reflects on Changes in Women’s Status in 70 Years as a Scientist

Had it not been for an inspiring female chemistry professor in college 70 years ago, Darleane Hoffman may never have gone on to become a widely acclaimed nuclear chemist. Hoffman spoke last week at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco about the dramatic changes she has seen in the status of women in science. More>

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Lab Researchers Participate in ACS Meeting

Lab researchers are well represented at this year’s fall meeting of the American Chemical Society, now underway in San Francisco. Berkeley Lab research appears in dozens of talks, symposia and poster sessions. Keep an eye on TABL over the next few days for a wrap-up of meeting highlights.

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DESI Collaboration Meeting Draws a Crowd

The goal is to map all of the northern extra-galactic sky to depths never before possible. More>

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Lab Hosts Dark Matter Workshops

Earlier this month, Berkeley Lab hosted two gatherings of dark matter experts. More than 70 scientists attended the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics Workshop on May 8, which featured talks on the latest in the hunt for dark matter, from theory to detector technology. The second workshop, May 9-10, hosted 26 members of the LUX collaboration, a group of scientists working on the Large Underground Xenon detector, the most advanced experiment yet in the search for dark matter. LUX is preparing for a new run this year, and the workshop set the tone for data processing and analysis to come. Here, members of the LUX collaboration gather outside Building 50C. (Photo by Carlo Faham)

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Birthday Symposium Honors Physicist David Nygren’s Research

Last week, more than 150 distinguished physicists from around the world gathered at Berkeley Lab’s ‘Art of Experiment’ symposium to honor the work of the Lab’s David Nygren on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Nygren (right, with retiree Bill Carithers) is known for many innovations in experimental physics, including his invention of the time projection chamber, a particle detector developed in the 1970s that enabled greater accuracy and 3-D analysis with unprecedented resolution of particle collisions. The symposium featured technical talks that ranged from rare-kaon decays and x-ray imaging for mammography to neutrino and dark matter detection.

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