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Lab Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 16

Join with other employees to celebrate the holidays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria’s dining hall. Hors d’oeuvres, light refreshments and a chocolate fountain will be provided by Epicurean. Festive attire is encouraged.

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Message From Director on Presidential Administration Transition

A transition in government is a time of uncertainty for any federally funded organization. I am writing to assure you that the DOE and the National Laboratories have been working together for some time to prepare a transition document that will help the new administration to learn about the tremendous value of the National Lab system. More>

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FLEXLAB Featured in PBS Documentary on Net Zero Buildings

“Building Below Zero,” narrated by actor Ted Danson, examines buildings that produce and store more energy than they consume. In the film, Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon and ETA’s Cindy Regnier discuss FLEXLAB and its ability to test energy efficient technologies before going to the marketplace (begins at about 13:30). Watch>

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Lab Hosts Workshop Focused on Electron Microscopy

The “Future of Electron Microscopy” gathering, held Oct. 11, showcased the breadth and depth of electron microscopy at the Lab, recent advances in imaging a range of materials and biological samples, and chronicled the Lab’s pioneering history in pushing the state-of the art in atomic resolution electron microscopy. More>

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Mathematical Model of Memory and Quest for Brain-Inspired Hardware Systems

Simulating an entire, biologically realistic human brain remains an elusive goal with today’s hardware. The processing power that would be needed to pull off such a feat is mind-boggling. “It would be a nuclear power plant,” says the Lab’s Horst Simon. More>

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$3B Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Grow Science & Transformative Technologies

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg recently announced a 10-year, $3B initiative to eradicate diseases by the end of next century and drive support for science. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is an exciting opportunity for basic science and technology development. Berkeley Lab efforts are being coordinated through a central team of scientists and development staff. More>

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Ed Lofgren, Pioneering ‘Rad Lab’ Physicist, Dies at 102

Lofgren, who died on Sept. 6, played key roles in many projects throughout the Lab’s history. He was a close associate of E.O. Lawrence, and chief physicist for the development, construction, and operation of the Bevatron. He also served as associate laboratory director, and was the first director of the Accelerator Division. He retired in 1979. More>

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Lab Booth at Solano Stroll a Big Success; Director Witherell Participates

Mike Witherell joined twenty-six volunteers from across the Lab to become an ambassador for “cool science” at the Solano Stroll on Sept. 11. The ambassadors answered hundreds of questions from many local residents who were excited and eager to learn more about the science being performed at Berkeley Lab. Go here to see the list of volunteers, and here for photos.

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Molecular Foundry Established as Its Own Division

On Oct. 1, the Molecular Foundry will become a division within the Energy Sciences Area. Foundry director Jeff Neaton will serve as the director of the new division. The Foundry was previously part of the Materials Sciences Division. The shift puts the Foundry in line with the Lab’s four other national user facilities that are also divisions. Read a message from the director on this change.

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Lab Director Shares Highlights of His First Six Months

When I see old friends, they ask how I like it here, and I tell them I love it. Some of the world’s most talented researchers work at Berkeley Lab, all committed to solving big, important scientific problems. We have a corps of dedicated people who are finding operational solutions that can make that research advance more quickly. I can’t imagine a better institution to lead. More>

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