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New Addition to Family of Light-Responsive Proteins

A study from a team of researchers led Cheryl Kerfeld (Biosciences Area) made the cover of Nature Plants. The study characterized a member of the orange carotenoid family of proteins (OCPs), which change shape in response to ambient light conditions to protect the host cyanobacteria. Understanding how OCPs work paves the way for engineering the protein. More>

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Biosciences’ Bo Hang Quoted in Newsweek

A Sept. 19 Newsweek story on the residual effects of smoking quoted biochemist Bo Hang of the Biological Systems and Engineering division, citing work his group has done on the cancer-causing effects of thirdhand smoke.

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Lab’s Mina Bissell Featured in The New Yorker

An article in the Sept. 11 edition of The New Yorker discussed the work of Biosciences’ Mina Bissell, whose research on factors that enabled or disabled the growth of cancer in various organs has shown that changes in a cancer cell’s local environment could affect whether tumors formed – or didn’t. More>

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SF Business Times Highlights Lab’s Innovations and Partners Office

The Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO) has been instrumental in the proliferation of successful Berkeley Lab startups. The office fills a gap in the science and high-tech economies that often prevents scientific research from reaching the marketplace. The office connects external public and private institutions with Berkeley Lab researchers to drive innovation. More>

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Story Highlights Oliver-Mallory’s Work at the Sanford Underground Lab

Kelsey Oliver-Mallory’s first few cage rides to the 4850 Level “felt like an adventure,” she said. Now, her trip to the Black Hills State University Underground Campus where she works in the low-background counting facility has become routine. But she still loves going to work there. Oliver-Mallory is a UC Berkeley graduate student working in the Lab’s Physics Division. More>

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‘Physics Today’ Profiles Ernest Lawrence in Honor of His 116th Birthday

Born on August 8, 1901, in South Dakota, Lawrence’s rise in academia was meteoric. In 1928, he accepted a position as associate professor of physics at UC Berkeley. In 1930, he became the youngest professor at Berkeley. In 1936, he became director of the Radiation Laboratory. By 1939, he had won the Nobel prize in physics for the invention of the cyclotron. He died in 1958. More>

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Anya Nugent and Sai Prabhakar, Summer Interns in the News

Two recent stories highlighted Lab interns in the Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research (BLUR) program: Nugent’s internship in the Physics Division was featured in Hamilton College news, and Sai Prabhakar’s work with the Joint Genome Institute was highlighted in The Independent. For more information about BLUR, go here.

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Improved Air Conditioners to Reduce Climate Change Pollutants

The New York Times recently featured a report by ETA’s Nihar Shah, which reviews the regulatory frameworks, energy efficiency standards, and labeling programs in 18 countries that account for roughly 65% of global AC demand. Shah previously found that improvements could roughly double the 89.7 gigatons of expected emissions savings from switching refrigerant alone. More>

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NERSC’s Shane Canon and Doug Jacobsen Discuss Shifter on Podcast

In this RCE (Research Computing and Engineering) podcast, Canon and Jacobsen of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) discuss Shifter, a prototype implementation that NERSC is developing and experimenting with as a scalable way to deploy containers in a high-performance computing environment. Go to the podcast here.

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The Fight to Rethink (and Reinvent) Nuclear Power

The latest in a series of Climate Lab videos produced by Vox Media and the University of California features the work of Berkeley Lab researcher Per Peterson. “When you look at how are we going to solve this problem of climate change, and ask how are we going to decarbonize? To not have nuclear energy on the table makes the job much harder,” he said. More>

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