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From Researcher to CEO: BLIC Speaker Series

The Berkeley Lab Innovation Corps (BLIC) kicks off a new season with a presentation by Peter Fiske, CEO of PAX Water Technologies, on Sept. 20, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Bldg. 15-253. Fiske, a former Livermore Lab researcher and White House Fellow, shares his startup story and offers strategies for entrepreneurs to tell their technology stories more effectively.

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Campus Hosts Sept. 14 Faculty Forum on the Societal Impact of Quantum Science

The forum will explore how advances in quantum mechanics have provided the ability to engineer, view, and control quantum, creating an opportunity to drive a second quantum revolution with deep technological, philosophical, and social impact. The event takes place Sept. 14 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall. Registration required. More>

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Sept. 15 Postdoc Seminar on Careers at College

The Lab’s Postdoc Association is hosting a career seminar Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Tom Donnelly of Harvey Mudd College will give his impressions of what life is like as a faculty member at an undergraduate institution. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

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Sept. 19 Talk on Accelerating Bio-Based Product Development

Nigel Mouncey, a research-and-development director at Dow AgroSciences, will discuss “Accelerating Bio-Based Product Development through Integrated Bioprocessing.” The event will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar on Sept. 13 Featuring NASA Astronaut Stan Love

On Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium, the Molecular Foundry and ALS will jointly host a seminar on “Near-Earth Asteroids: Stepping Stones to an Interplanetary Civilization” by NASA astronaut Stanley Love. More>

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Sept. 9 Talk on Factors Affecting Desalination Plant Development in California

Larry Dale, an energy and resource economist at the Lab, was on the scientific advisory panel evaluating the feasibility of intake options to minimize marine life impacts from a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach, CA. He’ll discuss the technical, economic, and institutional factors affecting desalination plant development in the state at noon in Building 90-3122. More>

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Foundry Fall Seminar Series Begins Sept. 13 With NASA Astronaut Stanley Love

This fall’s Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers from around the world whose expertise span the field of nanoscience. Seminars take place in the Foundry’s Chemla Room (67-3111) on Tuesdays at 11am. NASA Astronaut Stanley Love will kick off the series on Sept. 13 with a talk in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Nobelist Robert Grubbs Gives Sept. 7 Talk on Campus

SLAM (Science Leadership and Management) hosts a seminar with 2005 Nobel Laureate (Chemistry) and Caltech professor Robert Grubbs, who will speak on “The Joys and Perils of Translating Fundamental Science into Commercial Products.” The talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in 105 Stanley Hall (UC Berkeley). A reception takes place at 4:30 p.m. in the Stanley Hall B-Level Atrium. More>

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Lab Researchers to Speak at Exploratorium ‘Spin’ Event

The science museum’s “After Dark” Thursday night series will focus on “spin” during its Sept. 1 event, which will feature talks by Lab physicists. Carl Haber will discuss digitally mapping old recordings to recover lost sounds at 7:30 p.m., and Robert Cahn will talk on “Spin and the Quantum Rules for Apartment Rentals” at 8:30 p.m., both in the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery. More>

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Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium on Aug. 31

Dan Strellis of Rapiscan Systems will lead an interdisciplinary instrumentation colloquium on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Building 50 Auditorium. (Attendees may bring their lunch to the event.) Live video streaming will be available if you can’t attend in person. More>

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