Today at Berkeley Lab

Banfield Profile, Video Highlight Research Collaborations

A JGI user profile of Berkeley Lab Earth Sciences Division staff scientist and UC Berkeley professor Jill Banfield includes a video in which she shares her perspective on how the DOE JGI helps advance her research related to the roles of microbial communities in biogeochemical cycling. More>

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Genomics Division’s Diversity Retreat Seeks to Overcome Bias, Raise Awareness

Supervisors from Genomics and the Joint Genome Institute gathered this month at the retreat for talks and discussions on implicit biases, what an inclusive workplace looks like, how to implement processes in recruiting and hiring to promote diversity, and outreach opportunities. More>

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Latest Issue of JGI Primer Now Available

The Winter/Spring 2015 issue of the JGI Primer includes stories about “Fungal Friends with Genomic Benefits” and “Assembling the Wheat Genome.” Download a copy here or request a print copy from tcbartolome@lbl.gov.

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April 16 Deadline for JGI Community Science Program Letters of Intent

Letters of Intent for JGI’s Community Science Program (CSP) are due Thursday, April 16. LOIs must be for large-scale sequence-based genomic science projects addressing DOE missions in sustainable biofuel production, global carbon cycling, and biogeochemistry. More>

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Potential New Bacterial Phylum Identified

At the Joint Genome Institute user meeting last week, researchers announced the genomic identification of a potential new bacterial phylum, Candidatus Kryptonia, based on their study of samples isolated from four hot springs located in North America and Asia. More>

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Lab Team Attends National Society of Black Engineers Convention

Workforce Development & Education, Human Resources, and the Joint Genome Institute recently attended the National Society of Black Engineers. The team discussed internship opportunities, careers, groundbreaking research at Berkeley Lab, and what it’s like to work at a DOE national laboratory. More>

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Revealing the Role of Microbes in Controlling Contaminants

In Rifle, Colorado, earth scientist Kenneth Hurst Williams highlights the role subsurface microbial communities can play in controlling the flow of contaminants in groundwater. The Joint Genome Institute is a key collaborator in the research. More>

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Ray Turner on Discovering Why Diversity Matters

JGI Operations Manager Ray Turner talks about how his view of diversity has shifted, from growing up in a small town in Utah to running operations at the Joint Genome Institute. Read his story in the latest in the Panorama series of the Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. More>

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JGI 2014 Progress Report Now Available

Highlighting the achievements of the previous year, the Joint Genome Institute 2014 Progress Report has been released and can be downloaded here. Send e-mail to tcbartolome@lbl.gov to request a print copy.

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Representative Mark DeSaulnier Visits the Joint Genome Institute

Last month, DeSaulnier, who represents District 11 (Contra Costa County), and his staffer Pat Joyce met with Science Deputy Jim Bristow and Operations Deputy Ray Turner, and heard a presentation on research that looks at the microbial diversity and carbon cycling in the Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River wetland. More>

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