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>
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>
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>
[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 Science. More>
For me, the best thing about working at Berkeley Lab is the Lab community. The spirit of collaboration and standards of excellence that I find here everyday are both inspiring and humbling. But sometimes we can lose sight of this key quality of the Lab, and forget that it needs all of us to continually support it, especially during times of growth and development. We are about to enter such a time, and I am asking for your support to make this transition as smooth as possible. More>
Group seeks to increase philanthropic funding for basic science by $1 billion over the next five years. More>
He discusses Lab’s four strategic scientific initiatives. More>
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley last Saturday hosted 90 middle school and high school students and their parents as part of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) program at Johns Hopkins University to increase student interest in careers in STEM. Coming from all over the US, the visitors toured laboratories and user facilities such as NCEM and the ALS. They attended a live virtual tour to the ATLAS control room at CERN. Research topics covered included climate change, energy bioscience, scanning-probe microscopy, robotic synthesis of nanocrystals, DNA purification, protein folding, fluorescent probes, heat islands, and cool roofs. CTY selects students for this program on the basis of their top scores nationally in the PSAT and other standardized tests — and meeting them renews confidence in the future of American science.
Chief Operating Officer Glenn Kubiak will hold his next Operations All-Hands Meeting on Wednesday, May 14, in the Building 50 Auditorium. A morning meeting will take place from 7 am–8 am; and an afternoon session will take place 1 pm–2 pm. The afternoon meeting will also be available through live streaming. The link will be:
Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and the Nuclear Science Division’s Kai Vetter recently returned from Koriyama City in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan where they attended the opening of the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute. This new laboratory will be part of a network of national laboratories operated by the Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). The decision to place the new institute in Koriyama reflects the desire to stimulate economic growth in the Fukushima area, which is still suffering from the effects of the 2011 earthquake. Alivisatos, Vetter and their Japanese counterparts discussed issues ranging from renewable energy to radiological resilience. They met with leadership of AIST as well as with scientists from other parts of Asia, Australia, and Europe. Following these discussions, a new and expanded MOU with AIST is being formulated focusing on geothermal and highly integrated renewable energy generation.