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>
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>
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>
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.
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>
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>
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>
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.
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>
Ronald Cohen of the Sustainable Energy Systems group says San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s research on whether plumes of pollution from China is worsening the air quality there detracts from the fight against more significant and local sources, such as diesel engines. More>