Today at Berkeley Lab

Feb. 2 Overview of Homeland Security’s Security Science & Technology Group

Donald Kirkley of the Office of National Laboratories at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) will provide a “DHS S&T Overview” describing its mission, organization, and strategic plan. The talk runs from 11 a.m. to noon in Building 59-3101 (Wang Hall). The event provides a chance for Lab scientists to see how their research might help DHS.

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Jan. 29 Water-Energy Nexus Seminar on Hydraulic Fracturing in California

William Stringfellow of the University of the Pacific will discuss hydraulic fracturing and other well-stimulation practices as they are applied in California, as well as steps being taken to understand the environmental impacts of oil and gas (O&G) development in California, and trends in reuse of O&G wastewater. The talk begins at noon in Building 90-3122. More>

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Jan. 27 Talk on History and Future of Computerized Data Acquisition

Frank Ogletree will discuss “History and Future of Computerized Data Acquisition: Applications to Scanning Microscopy” at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The talk is part of the Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium series, which has a new organizing committee. More>

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ETA Talk on Safe Water Through Energy-Efficient Fluoride Removal

Heather Buckly, a candidate for the Energy Technologies Area’s ITRI-Rosenfeld Fellowship, will discuss affordable removal of unsafe levels of fluoride in drinking to benefit low-income communities. The talk begins at 11 a.m. on Jan. 19, in Building 90-3122. More>

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Molecular Foundry Winter Seminar Series Begins Jan. 19

The series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience. Seminars take place in the Foundry’s Chemla Room (67-3111) on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Joshua Robinson from Penn St. will headline the group as the Joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker on Feb. 16, a talk that will be held in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Vanderbilt’s Chazin to Give Jan. 14 MBIB Lecture

Biochemist and structural biologist Walter Chazin will give a seminar on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium. The topic of this Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) talk is “Mechanisms of Action of Replication Protein A (RPA) and DNA Primase in the Initiation of Genome Duplication.” RSVP by contacting Kelly Montgomery.

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Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf to Give Computing Sciences Distinguished Lecture

In the 1970s, Cerf co-created the communications protocols that make the Internet possible (TCP/IP). Ever since, he’s been a vocal and visible influence on the Internet’s structure, governance and nature from various posts in both the public and private sector. The talk takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Jan. 12 Talk on ‘Protein Interactions in Acetate Biosynthetic Pathways’

Michael Burkart of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego will give a talk on Jan. 12, in Bulding 977’s Gray Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. The title of the Biological Systems & Engineering (BSE) invited presentation is “Protein Interactions in Acetate Biosynthetic Pathways.” E-mail Kelly Montgomery to RSVP.

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Dec. 11 Earth Sciences Talk on Numerical Models of the Subsurface

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium featuring Rainer Helmig of the University of Stuttgart. Helmig will discuss “Numerical Models for Evaluating the Competitive Use of the Subsurface: The Influence of Energy Storage and Production in Groundwater.” More>

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AGU Honors the Late Paul Witherspoon With Lectureship

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has announced the “Paul Witherspoon Midcareer Lecturer in Hydrologic Sciences.” Witherspoon was the first director of the Lab’s Earth Sciences Division, serving from 1977-1982. Witherspoon passed away in 2012. Nominations will begin with the 2016 cycle of the AGU Honors program.

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