Jill Fuss of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division participated in a March 5 Google+ Hangout that showcased how women in STEM are changing the world, and addressed the shortage of women and girls engaged in STEM fields. The event, organized by NASA and the Energy Department, featured Fuss and three other women scientists and engineers answering questions from a classroom and online viewers.
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There’s an old axiom that you can’t be what you can’t see. Perhaps if you think about what inspired you to enter into your current job, or line of study, you’ll recognize a role model or two that inspired you to take your current path. That’s why NASA and the Energy Department are teaming up on Wednesday, March 5, at 1p.m. EST to host a Google+ Hangout, showcasing women in STEM that are changing the world and addressing the serious shortage of women and girls engaged in STEM fields in the United States, and showcasing strong role models for students of all genders. Among the scientists featured is Jill Fuss of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division. More>
The next LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Seminar, focused on Soil Biogeochemical Imaging, will be held March 5 at 4 p.m. at 717 Potter Street, Room 141. The talk will feature Eoin Brodie, of the Earth Sciences Division, who will speak on “Mapping Soil Heterogeneity at the Microbial Scale” and Jennifer Pett-Ridge, of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, speaking on “Small-Talk: Imaging Microbe-Mineral Interactions and Microbe-Microbe Elemental Trafficking.” Seminars are held the first Wednesday of the month and cover diverse topics in the area of bioimaging. More>
[The Scientist] Fueled by her love of visual data and addicted to chromosomes, Berkeley Lab life scientist Abby Dernburg continues to study how homologous chromosomes find each other during gamete formation. “When I was a kid, I always felt stupid, in the sense that I didn’t understand how the world worked,” says Dernburg. Although she can’t explain why her twelve-year-old self homed in on biology rather than physics or economics, Dernburg says she already sensed that understanding biology was the best way to understand the world she lived in. More>
Lab life scientists Sylvain Costes (right) and Jonathan Tang (left) were honored to meet French President François Hollande (center with dark tie) during a visit to Silicon Valley yesterday. The duo discussed with the dignitary their start-up company Exogen and its technology, which allows people to monitor their body’s DNA damage and the affect of lifestyle and environmental factors on the health of their DNA. Costes, a French/American scientist, has been working to launch an Exogen branch in France. The technology was one of 10 that were selected for presentation to the president.
Jennifer Doudna of the Physical Biosciences Division and Eva Nogales of the Life Sciences Division led a study that provided the first detailed structural look at the Cas9 enzyme and how it partners with guide RNA to interact with target DNA. High-resolution protein crystallography images from the Advanced Light Source and the Swiss Light Source provided the 3D structure of this bacterial enzyme that has become an important tool for genome editing. Single-particle analysis using electron microscopy revealed a surprise role for guide RNA in the genome editing process. More>
Bill Moses of the Life Sciences Division was recently elected to the (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Board of Directors, representing Division IV. The division includes NPSS as well as six other IEEE societies. His two-year term begins in January 2014. Moses’s research centers on imaging ionizing radiation, including nuclear medical imaging, homeland security, subatomic particle physics, and environmental remediation. IEEE, an association dedicated to advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity, is the world’s largest technical professional society.
Sylvain Costes and Jonathan Tang of the Life Sciences Division have launched a startup company called Exogen Biotechnology, which will allow people to monitor their body’s DNA damage and potentially allow them to see how lifestyle and environmental factors are impacting the health of their DNA. If the human body accumulates high levels of DNA damage, it can lead to health problems, such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. They are running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and have already raised more than $50,000 in less than 10 days. More>
Maybe you’ve seen the movies or played with toy Transformers, those shape-shifting machines that morph in response to whatever challenge they face. It turns out that DNA-repair machines in your cells use a similar approach to fight cancer and other diseases, according to research led by John Tainer and Gareth Williams of the Life Sciences Division. As reported in Molecular Cell and EMBO Journal, the scientists gained new insights into how a protein complex called Mre11-Rad50 reshapes itself to take on different DNA-repair tasks. Their research sheds light on how this molecular restructuring leads to different outcomes in a cell. More>
The next LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Seminar, focused on Image Analysis challenges in Integrated Bioimaging, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. at 717 Potter Street, Room 141. The talk will feature Oliver Ruebel and Peter Nugent, both of the Computational Research Division, speaking on “Mass Spectrometry Imaging in the World of Modern Data Sciences” and on “Making Effective Use of Machine Learning in Astrophysical Imaging Surveys” respectively. Seminars are held the first Wednesday of the month and cover diverse topics in the area of bioimaging. More>