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Podcast on E.O. Lawrence Explores UC’s Impact on the World

In 1929, a young Ernest Lawrence made a discovery that would change his life, the course of history, and the 20th century. His development of the cyclotron — the particle accelerator that ushered in the atomic age — is the topic of an episode of “One Bold Idea,” a six-part podcast that explores pivotal moments in California history that have shaped the world. More>

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Women’s History Month: DOE Series on Women and the Manhattan Project

As part of Women’s History Month, DOE is focusing on the women behind the Manhattan Project. This installment features five facts about Blanche Lawrence, a biochemist and one of the few African-American women scientists of her day. More>

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Women’s History Month: DOE Series on Women and the Manhattan Project

As part of Women’s History Month, DOE is focusing on the women behind the Manhattan Project. The first installment features five facts about Lilli Hornig, a chemist who studied plutonium and chemistry. More>

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Women’s History Month: NERSC Computers Named After Pioneering Women

Two of NERSC’s supercomputers, Hopper and Cori, were named after pioneering and inspiring women in science. Grace Hopper, a Navy rear admiral, was at the forefront of computer programming. Biochemist Gerty Cori was the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize. Two other systems, no longer in service, were also named for women: Marie Curie and Laura Bassi.

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Women’s History Month: The First Women Chemists at Berkeley

UC Berkeley’s first woman chemist, Agnes Fay Morgan, arrived in 1915, though she was assigned to the Home Economics Department. It would be another 63 years before Judith Klinman would be hired into the College of Chemistry (1978), followed in 1984 by Lab nuclear chemist Darleane Hoffman, who helped confirm the existence of Seaborgium. More>

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Lab Scientist James Harris Played Key Role in Discovering New Elements

February is Black History Month. Today we celebrate James Harris, a Berkeley Lab scientist and the first African American to play a key role in the search for new elements. He is credited with helping to discover rutherfordium and dubnium. To learn more about Harris, go here, or see recent Berkeley Lab posts on Twitter and Facebook.

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University of California Celebrates 150th Birthday

In 1868, the University of California was founded in Oakland, after the Organic Act was signed into law. Now, 150 years later, the university, which manages Berkeley Lab for the Department of Energy, conducts one-tenth of all academic research in the nation and is one of the premier educational systems in the world. A timeline has been created to chart this historical path. More>

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Doyle, Hoek Win 40th Runaround; Hartman-Baker Wins T-Shirt Contest

Over 750 employees participated in the Runaround on Nov. 17. The female winner was Jennifer Doyle (Engineering), the male winner was Harmen Hoek (Chemical Sciences), and the T-shirt design winner was Rebecca Hartman-Baker (NERSC). Organizers include Anytra Henderson, Steve Derenzo, Chris Debernardi, and Bob Smith, with help from volunteers. View an Exposure feature on the race.

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Cosmic-Ray Particles Reveal Secret Chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Physicists have used muon detectors to reveal a large, previously unidentified chamber inside the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. The group would next like to scan the country’s second largest pyramid, known as Khafre’s pyramid. In the 1960s, Lab researcher Luis Alvarez used muon imaging to scan this pyramid. He found nothing, but the technology has improved since then. More>

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The Physicist’s Guide to the Universe

An article in the CERN Courier recognizes the Particle Data Group’s contributions to particle physics over the past 60 years. The story chronicles how PDG grew out of a 1957 article co-authored by the Lab’s Art Rosenfeld to become an international collaboration, led by the Lab, whose comprehensive Review of Particle Physics is popularly known as the “bible of particle physics.”

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