Today at Berkeley Lab

NASCAR Engineer Gives Feb. 5 Talk on Driving Past Life’s Adversities

Born without arms, Richie Parker uses his feet to design vehicle components and incorporate adjustments using feedback from crew chiefs and drivers. He has contributed to six Spring Cup championships. The noon talk will be live streamed. More>

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Molecular Foundry Seminar Series Launches Feb. 3

The series feature researchers speaking on such topics as imaging bonds and chemical reactions, responsive nanostructured optical materials, and drug discovery at novel allosteric sites. The Tuesday talks begin at 11 a.m. in Building 67-3111 (except where noted). Go here to view the complete schedule.

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Instrumentation Talk on Radiation Detection Developments

Kai Vetter will present an Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium talk on “Radiation Detection Developments in the Berkeley Applied Nuclear Physics Program,” on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at noon in Building 15-253. The presentation will be lived streamed here. More>

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Mina Bissell Gives ‘Women We Admire’ Lecture at UCOP

The talk takes place Tuesday, Jan. 20, at noon in Lobby One of the UC Office of the President, located at 1111 Franklin St., Oakland. Phone access is also available. The event is sponsored by the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. More>

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Cyclotron Road Program Launches Speaker Series

The first talk is by Deepak Dugar on “Bio-Based Processes for Production of High-Performance Polymers: Development and Commercialization” on Jan. 14 at noon in Building 978-4132 (JBEI). Go here to see complete schedule. Cyclotron Road is home to eight scientists/entrepreneurs working on cutting-edge clean energy technologies.

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Dec. 18 Presentation on ‘Learning to Live With Mountain Lions’

Zara McDonald, president of the Felidae Conservation Fund and the Bay Area Puma Project, will provide information on this important ecosystem member and the research efforts of the Puma Project. The event starts at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium, sponsored by Protective Services.

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Short Talks on Instrumentation Problems at Nov. 19 Colloquium

Topics include measuring the energy-angle spectrum of a single burst of 10^9 gamma rays (Cameron Geddes), identifying one single barium ion in one ton of xenon (Azriel Goldschmidt), and inventing an anti-neutrino generator (Qing Ji). The talks begin at noon in Building 15-253. Go here to add your name to colloquium mailing list. More>

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Protective Services’ Al Benitez Gives Nov. 20 Talk on Personal Safety

Benitez will present some simple precautions that will reduce risk and discourage those who commit crimes during this Thurday, Nov. 20, presentation, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. He’ll also discuss fire and traffic safety, emergency preparedness, and crime trends, among other topics. The talk will be live streamed here.

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Nov. 7 Earth Sciences Talk on Molecules, Hot Water, and Minerals

ESD’s Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series features Dimitri Sverjensky of Johns Hopkins University, who will speak on “Molecules, Hot Water and Minerals: Ingredients for the Origin of Life?” on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Nov. 5 Burris Cunningham Lecture Features Norman Edelstein

The Burris Cunningham Memorial Lecture will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Speaker Norman Edelstein will discuss “My Fifty Years in Actinide Chemistry at Berkeley, from UCRL to LBNL.” The lecture honors the late Burris Cunningham (pictured), famed for isolating a visible quantity of a synthetic chemical element. More>

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