Today at Berkeley Lab

Preschooler Science Enthusiast Piques Minds and Wins Hearts

His father wrote Lab protocol officer Nicole Pagano to see if his son, who loves chemistry and has memorized the periodic table, could get a tour. She arranged for him to visit the Advanced Light Source along with its Director Roger Falcone (left), the Building 50 historical exhibit with Deputy Director Horst Simon, and the Molecular Foundry. More>

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The Economist Recognizes Jay Keasling for Anti-Malarial Effort

The Lab’s ALD for Biosciences and JBEI CEO has won the 2014 Innovation Award in Bioscience. He was recognized for his development of a synthetic version of the antimalaria drug artemisinin. The award, which recognizes an outstanding person who has made a proven innovation over the past decade, will be presented next month in Hong Kong, where he’ll also speak at the Economist Events Innovation Summit. More>

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Director Co-Writes Op-Ed Touting Benefits of National Labs

Paul Alivisatos, along with Dan Arvizu, Charlie McMillan and Terry Michalske, illuminates the national lab system’s unsung contributions to improvements in energy supply and renewables, security of nuclear material, and health and medicine. The value of the labs will be on display during a science and technology exhibit on Capitol Hill next week. More>

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Director’s 2014 Lifetime and Exceptional Achievement Awards Announced

Mark Levine received the Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Award in the area of Societal Impact, while David Schlegel, Axel Visel, Oliver Gessner, and Tanja Woyke received the Exceptional Achievement award in the scientific area. Go here for full list of awardees. A ceremony will be held on Monday, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. in the Building 50 auditorium.

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Ramamoorthy Ramesh Named ALD for Energy Technologies

The Lab researcher and current Oak Ridge deputy director has been named the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies. The newly created position has lab-wide responsibility for accelerating the translation of basic and applied research results into real world energy applications. The appointment is effective on Sept. 2. More>

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Director Alivisatos Doused as Part of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Alivisatos accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued by Oak Ridge National Lab, receiving a dousing by Nobelist Saul Perlmutter and cancer researcher Mina Bissell, who used SF Bay water in deference to California’s drought. Lab researchers have contributed to the science of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.The director then challenged Steve Chu, AAAS CEO Alan Leshner, and White House science advisor John Holdren.

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Director Rises to Ice Bucket Challenge Today at Noon

Lab Director Paul Alivisatos will take the ice bucket challenge to help raise money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The event takes place at noon in front of the Advanced Light Source. More>

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Director Hosts Meeting Today on Early Career Research Program

Those considering submitting proposals are invited to join the discussion, taking place from 10:30 a.m. to noon today in Perseverance Hall. Past winners Rebecca Abergel, Hank Childs, Alexander Hexamer, and Kevin Wilson will discuss strategies for successful proposals, moderated by Jill Fuss. More>

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Director Co-Writes Op-Ed on Brain Research in California

Piece in the Sacramento Bee says the U.S. BRAIN Initiative and California’s Cal-BRAIN projects will have short-term and far-ranging future impact, and will immediately help diagnose and treat psychiatric disease, neurodegenerative disease, traumatic brain injury, depression and stroke, as well as develop more effective neural prosthetic devices. More>

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Horst Simon Comments in New York Times on New Computer Chip

[New York Times] Inspired by the architecture of the brain, scientists have developed a new kind of computer chip that uses no more power than a hearing aid and may eventually excel at calculations that stump today’s supercomputers. The chip, or processor, is named TrueNorth and was developed by researchers at IBM and detailed in an article published last Thursday in the journal ScienceMore>

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