Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Research Shines Bright in Large Hadron Collider Upgrade

A groundbreaking ceremony took place in Geneva, Switzerland today to celebrate the start of civil engineering work for the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) at CERN. When complete, the HL-LHC will produce five to seven times more proton-proton collisions than the currently operating LHC. Researchers from the Lab’s Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics, Engineering, and Physics divisions are contributing to the work. More>

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World’s Most Powerful X-Ray Laser Taking Shape Near Stanford

Located 30 feet below-ground, the giant X-ray laser at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is part of a quest to illuminate some of science’s great remaining mysteries. The Berkeley Lab contributed a brand new electron injector gun to the project, which was delivered in January. Lab researchers Junko Yano and Peter Zwart are quoted in this Mercury News article.

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Learn More About the Engineering Division at Upcoming Poster Session

The Engineering Division will undergo a two-day review to evaluate the positioning of the group as a world-class program. As part of the review, Lab employees are invited to a poster session to learn more about the division’s depth and breadth of knowledge, skills, and expertise. The poster session takes place Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54).

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Engineering Division Ergo Improvements Make Positive Impact

Engineering Division Ergo Advocates implemented a proactive approach to manage ergo risks in the division. Ergo exposure is the second highest recordable injury at the Lab, so the team honed in on hazards contributing to this risk. Since implementation, the division has eliminated injuries for staff who were at high-risk and reduced those at moderate risk by 46 percent. More>

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‘Science Nation’ Video Highlights Lab’s Efforts to Restore Lost Languages

The video explores Project IRENE and its efforts to make digital versions of around 3,000 wax-cylinder recordings of indigenous languages at UC Berkeley’s Hearst Museum. The project is using innovative optical scan technology developed by the Lab’s Carl Haber and Earl Cornell for the restoration. Watch the video here.

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Portion of Glaser Road Closed Tomorrow

The road, between Buildings 77 and 79, will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate a special event. The Blue shuttle will be rerouted and the bus stop closed during this time. Map>

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Five Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Lab recipients include Nick Bouskill, Charlie Koven, and Neslihan Taş Baas of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Qiang Du of Engineering, and Mariam Kiran of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). Additionally, Lin Lin of the Computational Research Division and Eric Neuscamman of the Chemical Sciences Division received Early Career awards through UC Berkeley. More>

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Berkeley Lab Camera Can ‘See’ Sound

The Lab’s Carl Haber (Physics) and Earl Cornell (Engineering) are applying a technology they developed that uses a unique camera instead of phonographic needles to extract audio from century-old wax cylinder recordings of Native American speakers from around California. More>

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Lab Engineer Helps Nepalese Villages Rebuild After Massive Earthquake

While Nepal’s capital Kathmandu has largely recovered after a deadly earthquake in 2015, Tim Hart found the country’s smaller villages were still struggling to recover. The civil/structural engineer sought to remedy this situation by training local tradespeople to rebuild in a more sustainable and safe manner. More>

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March 29 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Soren Prestemon of the Lab’s Engineering Division will speak on “The Berkeley Center for Magnet Technology” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The center integrates accelerator physicists and magnet researchers, magnet design engineers, and fabrication teams, to foster the development and reliable delivery of new magnet technology. More>

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