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Foundry’s Kuykendall is Finalist in Flame Video Challenge

The Flame Challenge asks scientists to explain concepts proposed and judged by 11-year-olds. The person who provides the best answer wins. This year’s challenge is “What is Energy?” Tev Kuykendall, a researcher with the Molecular Foundry, is among the finalists. The winner will be announced on June 4. More>

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NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Shares Her Experiences in Space; Video of Talk Posted

During her May 11 talk, Rubins, an astronaut and microbiologist, shared her experiences of conducting scientific research aboard the International Space Station (ISS) last year. She described the exhilarating rocket ride, the slow adjustment to microgravity, and how “you’re both the researcher and the experimental subject for a number of studies” aboard the ISS. Go here to watch a video of the talk.

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Jeff Neaton Selected as Energy Sciences Associate Laboratory Director

Neaton was selected after an international search. As the former Molecular Foundry director and former Materials Sciences Division acting director, Neaton has a distinguished record of Energy Sciences Area leadership. He is a member of the UC Berkeley Physics Department and will serve as Foundry acting director until a successor is named. More>

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Javier Vela to Speak at Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar on May 16

Javier Vela, with Iowa State University, will discuss “Chemistry of Materials for Clean Energy: Ternary Phosphides and Organolead Halide Perovskites.” The Molecular Foundry/Advanced Light Source seminar takes place at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Nanoscale Imaging Probe Printed Onto Tip of Optical Fiber

Combining speed with incredible precision, a team of researchers at the Molecular Foundry has developed a way to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fiber as thin as a human hair, accelerating the production of the promising new device from several per month to several per day. More>

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NASA Astronaut Talks Science in Space on May 11; Will be Live Streamed

Hear from astronaut Kate Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, on May 11 at 10 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Liz Warren, associate program scientist for CASIS, which manages the International Space Station-National Lab, will join Rubins to answer questions on research opportunities for Lab scientists. The Molecular Foundry and JGI are co-hosting the event. More>

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Molecular Foundry Spring/Summer Seminar Series Begins May 9

The next series of Molecular Foundry seminars features a lineup of distinguished speakers from around the world whose expertise span the field of nanoscience. Seminars normally take place in the Foundry’s Chemla Room (Bldg. 67-3111) on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Javier Vela (Iowa State University) headlines the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker on May 16 in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Former SULI Intern Wins Poster Award at ACS Meeting

Kathleen Chen, who interned at the Molecular Foundry with Ron Zuckermann last summer, was recognized during the Undergraduate Research in Polymer Science symposium at the American Chemical Society meeting. Her poster described using gold nanoparticles embedded into peptoid nanosheets to create “all-in-one” chemical and optical sensors.

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Lab Scientists Visit Kenya With International TechWomen Delegation

Daniela Ushizima (Computing) and Teresa Williams (Molecular Foundry) took their first trip to Africa as part of a delegation organized by TechWomen, a unique mentoring and exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. The trip was eye opening and hugely inspirational for the women. More>

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360-Degree Video of HERMAN, the Nanoparticle Robot

HERMAN is a robot that accelerates the synthesis of nanoparticles for a wide range of applications such as biosensors, smart window coatings, and display technologies. The one-of-a-kind robot at the Lab’s Molecular Foundry brings parallel processing and an extreme level of precision to the materials discovery process. More>

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