Posts Tagged ‘Life Sciences Division’

Jill Fuss in DOE Tweet-Up on Equal Pay for STEM

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Biophysicist Jill Fuss of the Life Sciences Division participated in a one-hour Twitter conversation last week sponsored by DOE and the YWCA. The Tweet-up on April 8, recognized as Equal Pay Day, was to highlight the fact that jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can reduce the pay gap between women and men, as women in STEM see a narrower gender wage gap. Fuss fielded questions on everything from childcare responsibilities to getting more girls into science. A summary of the chat can be found in this Storify post.

10 Questions for Life Sciences’ Susan Tsutakawa

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Susan Tsutakawa is a researcher in the Life Sciences Division and has worked at the Lab for 14 years.

Q: What is your proudest moment on the job?
A: When I was involved in the structural analysis of Flap Endonuclease. There was a model on how this protein recognized its substrate, but some of the biochemistry was inconsistent with this model. The structure showed us a new model for recognition that was much more clever than anyone had ever considered.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working the Lab?
A: That I’m paid to learn.

Q: Why do you like science?
A: I love new discoveries of mechanisms for how things work, particularly when they are contrary to current models

Q: Who is your science hero?
A: Jim Wells for making that protein that cuts (protease) into a protein that puts things back together (protein ligase).

Q: Where were you born and/or raised?
A: Raised in Missouri

Q: What is your cultural background?
A: Japanese American

Q: How do you connect with your cultural heritage?
A: What I read, the things I eat, and making ceramics

Q: How are you involved with your community?
A: I like to visit schools as a female scientist, to show the kids how much fun science experiments are

Q: Who/what inspires you?
A: Nelson Mandela, for making education as a means to elevate yourself, even if you are in a prison work camp

Q: What saying best reflects your outlook on life?
A: If you are not in the game, you will never win

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Paul Williams Discusses His Two-Decade Study on Runners and Walkers

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Life scientist Paul Williams, who has conducted a national study of runners and walkers for 23 years, will share his findings on running versus walking and the health benefits of exercise. The event takes place Wednesday, April 16, at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

Biosciences’ Mary Maxon Gives Talk on Strategic Planning in the Scientific Arena

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Mary Maxon —the Lab’s head of Biosciences Strategic Planning and Development — will give a presentation on the Biosciences Strategic Plan and how it can be applied in other scientific areas. The event takes place Monday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. She will also provide research on how other research institutions are managing federal budget challenges. The Lab’s Biosciences Area covers energy, environment, health, and biomanufacturing research in the Physical Biosciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Genomics Divisions. The talk will be live streamed.

Wednesday Bioimaging Seminar on Tools, Techniques for Imaging Living Cells

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The next LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Seminar, focused on Tools and Techniques for Imaging Living Cells, will be held Tuesday, April 2, at 4 p.m. at 717 Potter Street, Room 141. The talk will feature Mustafa A. H. Mir, of UC Berkeley (Sohn Lab), who will speak on “Quantitative Phase Imaging for Characterizing Living Biological Systems” and Bruce Cohen, of The Molecular Foundry, speaking on “Non-Luminescent Nanocrystals that Make Exceptional Single-Molecule Imaging Probes.” Seminars are held the first Wednesday of the month and cover diverse topics in the area of bioimaging. More>

Bo Hang’s Thirdhand Smoke Research Highlighted at ACS

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Researcher Bo Hang of the Life Sciences Division gave a talk at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas this week on his research into the genetic damage caused by thirdhand smoke, the residue that clings to surfaces long after the secondhand smoke from a cigarette has cleared out. Working with researchers from EETD as well as UCSF and other institutions, Hang found that some of the chemical compounds in thirdhand smoke can cause both DNA strand breaks and oxidative DNA damage, which can lead to gene mutation. His work was covered by many media outlets, including Fox News, the Daily Mail, and NPR.

Vast Gene-Expression Map Yields Neurological and Environmental Stress Insights

Monday, March 17th, 2014

A consortium led by Berkeley Lab scientists has conducted the largest survey yet of how information encoded in an animal genome is processed in different organs, stages of development, and environmental conditions. Their findings, published in Nature and based on fruit fly research, paint a new picture of how genes function in the nervous system and in response to environmental stress. Susan Celniker of the Life Sciences Division led the research, with Ben Brown leading the data analysis team. Scientists from UC Berkeley, Indiana University at Bloomington, the University of Connecticut Health Center, and several other institutions contributed to the research. More>

Lab’s Jill Fuss in DOE Google+ Hangout on Women in STEM

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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.

Lab’s Jill Fuss Part of March 5 DOE Google Hangout on Women in STEM

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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>

March 5 Bioimaging Seminar on Soil Biogeochemical Imaging

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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>