Harvey (far right) died on Nov. 29 at age 97. He co-discovered element 101, mendelevium, with Glenn Seaborg in 1955. He wrote the first scientific paper on plutonium chemistry during World War II, which caught the eye of Seaborg. At Seaborg’s urging, Harvey joined the Lab in 1953 and served as director of the 88-inch cyclotron and the Nuclear Science Division before retiring.
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>
Edward Lofgren (2nd from right), a physicist hired by E.O Lawrence who worked on an early isotope-separating cyclotron, participated in the Manhattan Project, and oversaw the operation of the Bevatron accelerator as its first director when the antiproton was discovered there, died Sept. 5, at the age of 102. A full obit, including memorial service details, will appear in TABL in the coming days.
This BuzzFeed-inspired listicle looks at how DOE’s ESnet (Energy Sciences Network) was built over 30 years and in 13 steps. ESnet connects more than 40 DOE research sites — including the entire National Lab system, supercomputing facilities and major scientific instruments — as well as hundreds of other science networks around the world and the Internet.
In 1980, Luis Alvarez and colleagues at Berkeley Lab, proposed what has become the preeminent theory of the dinosaurs’ annihilation: an asteroid six miles wide struck Earth at the same geologic instant that the dinosaurs and many other organisms went extinct. Yet among geoscientists, there has been a lingering sense that the story has not been told in full. More>
The event included talks by Foundry Director Jeff Neaton, past and present lab directors, users, and Congressman Mike Honda (pictured). Topics included the use of the facility for research on nanophotonics, nanocrystal probes for biological and medical applications, and the use of computer simulations for materials design. More>
This week we are celebrating the many scientific breakthroughs made possible by the Molecular Foundry in its ten years of operation. It is a good time for us as a Laboratory to consider why this new scientific user facility developed so quickly into a scientific powerhouse and what that means for us in thinking about future facilities. More>
In 2015, a team of staff and users at the Molecular Foundry developed a technique to measure the 3-D position of individual atoms in a given sample with a precision of 19 picometers, or 19 trillionths of a meter. More>
In 2014, Molecular Foundry scientists, in collaboration with the semiconductor industry and Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source, pioneer a new approach to miniaturizing nanofabricated devices like transistors. The next highlight will appear in tomorrow’s TABL. More>
In 2011, Molecular Foundry scientists created highly water-attracting or “wettable” patterns on water-repellant, porous polymer films that serve as tiny channels for mixing or separating fluids, with potential applications in biological and medical fields. The next highlight will appear in the next issue of TABL. More>