Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Wins Three 2014 R&D 100 Awards

Winners include a fast way to analyze the chemical composition of cells, genetic tools to improve crops, and a bioinformatics platform for screening 3-D cell culture models. The technologies could lead to advances in biofuels, food crops, drug screening, and biomaterials, and to a better understanding of microbial communities. More>

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Lab’s Mina Bissell Receives Award From Assemblymember Skinner

Representative recognized women in 15 Assembly District who have made significant contributions in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including Lab life scientist Mina Bissell. More>

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Distinguished Biosciences Lecture Features Elaine Fuchs on June 20

HHMI researcher will speak on ‘Stem Cells in Silence, Action and Cancer’ in this inaugural noon Lecture. More>

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New Clues to Why Older Women are More Vulnerable to Breast Cancer

As women age, key breast cells ignore their surroundings, scientists find. More>

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June 4 Integrated Bioimaging Seminar at 4 p.m. at 717 Potter Street

JBEI’s Seema Singh will discuss ‘Advanced Imaging Technologies for Biofuels Research.’ More>

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New Details on Microtubules and How the Anti-Cancer Drug Taxol Works

Lab Researchers Take an Atomic-Scale Look at Key Cellular Protein. More>

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In Memoriam: Engineer Chris Ramsey (1965-2014)

Chris Ramsey, an engineer who worked on programs in the Life Sciences, Materials Sciences, and Nuclear Science Divisions, passed away on April 19 after a brief bout with cancer. He was 49 years old. He was a member of the Life Sciences Radiotracer Development and Imaging Technologies group and the Materials Sciences Scintillator Discovery and Development group. He joined the Lab in 2000. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (1 Lawson Road, Kensington, CA). Go here to read a remembrance written by his colleagues.

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Four Lab Scientists Receive DOE Early Career Awards

Four Berkeley Lab scientists are among the 35 researchers selected by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science to receive significant funding for research as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program. Lab awardees include (clockwise) the Chemical Sciences Division’s Rebecca Abergel, the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division’s Daniele Filippetto, the Material Sciences Division’s Alexander Weber‐Bargioni, and the Life Sciences Division’s Trent Northen. The effort, now in its fifth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. More>

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May 7 Bioimaging Talk on Radiochemical Imaging

The next LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Seminar, focused on Radiochemical Imaging – from Microbes to Humans, will be held May 7 at 4 p.m. at 717 Potter Street, Room 141. The talk will feature Nick Vandehey, of the Life Sciences Division (O’Neil Lab), who will speak on “4-D, Longitudinal Radioisotope Imaging of Microbial Systems at the Bench-top Scale,” and Suzanne Baker, also of Life Sciences (Jagust Lab), speaking on “Brain Imaging to Detect Early Signs of Dementia.” Seminars are held the first Wednesday of the month and cover diverse topics in the area of bioimaging. More >

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Lab Studies on Thirdhand Smoke Help Prompt Legislation

As reported by the Associated Press, the California Assembly approved a bill last week that would ban smoking inside home day care centers even after the children have left, a regulation that targets lingering “thirdhand smoke” and has been adopted by 12 other states. Smoking already is banned in homes that function as day care centers during their operating hours to prevent kids from being exposed to secondhand smoke. But recent research shows even off-hour smoking places children at risk. Berkeley Lab has been at the forefront of research on thirdhand smoke, first reporting on the hazard in 2010 with studies led by Hugo Destaillats, Mohamad Sleiman, and Lara Gundel. Last year, a study led by Bo Hang confirmed that thirdhand smoke causes DNA damage. More>

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