Today at Berkeley Lab

Engineering’s Neal Hartman Pens Article on ‘Who Really Found Higgs Boson’

The discovery of the Higgs boson two years ago is by any standards an epochal, genius achievement. What is less clear is who, exactly, the genius is. An obvious candidate is Peter Higgs. But does this mean that he was a genius? Peter Jenni, one of the founders of the ATLAS Experiment, hesitates when asked the question. More>

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Dow Vice President Pens Op-Ed Touting Benefits of National Labs

What can industry and government do to deliver better, faster solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges in food, energy and health? In a word, collaborate. Collaboration with the National Laboratories, in particular, is of immense benefit to companies. More>

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In Hopes Of Fixing Faulty Genes, One Scientist Starts With The Basics

In an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition yesterday, Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist with the Physical Biosciences Division and professor at UC Berkeley, described her research in genome editing, how it could facilitate personalized medicine, and why she decided to become a scientist. More>

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Life Scientist Sylvain Costes Receives Berkeley Visionary Award

The award honors local innovators who develop technologies with global impact and bring new ventures to the City of Berkeley. Costes (pictured with Berkeley Chamber of Commerce CEO Polly Armstrong) co-founded Lab startup Exogen Biotechnology, which offers convenient testing to monitor DNA damage and assess DNA repair. More>

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Scientific American on How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

Research has shown that simply interacting with individuals who are different forces group members to prepare better and to anticipate alternative viewpoints. “Diversity jolts us into cognitive action in ways that homogeneity simply does not,” says this article, part of a Scientific American special issue on diversity. Another article shows the Ph.D gender gap by country.

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NPR’s Science Friday Notes NERSC, ESnet , CRD, SLAC Collaboration

National Public Radio’s Science Friday show recently asked listeners to submit their observations of interesting science. Among the favorites selected to highlight was a collaboration between NERSC, ESnet and SLAC, which has used SPOT Suite, a collection of software and data analysis tools developed by the Computational Research Division. More>

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BBC News Article Highlights Lab’s Role in Discovery of Plutonium

Uranium was long seen as the end of the periodic table, until 1932 when E.O. Lawrence invented the cyclotron, which smashed atoms and particles together, transforming one element into another. This is how synthetic plutonium was created in 1940 by a team led by Glenn Seaborg. More>

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Nature, Scientific American Tout the Benefits of Diversity in Science

There is growing evidence that embracing diversity — in all its senses — is key to doing good science. But there is still work to be done to ensure that inclusivity is the default, not the exception. Read about one study showing how diversity of authors may boost your citation rate. More>

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Google’s Struggle with Unconscious Bias

The New York Times reports that Google is undertaking a long-term effort to improve diversity in its work force, the centerpiece of which is a series of workshops aimed at making Google’s culture more accepting of diversity. Read about its struggles and view a video by one of its HR research analysts on hidden biases.

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Earth Sciences Recognized for Use of HPC at Contaminated Sites

The Earth Sciences Division’s contributions to the Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management — which marks the first attempt “to use high-performance computing uncertainty quantification to identify key controls at a contaminated site — was recently recognized in LANL’s Actinide Research Quarterly. More>

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