Today at Berkeley Lab

Foundry User Develops Protein Mimic That Helps Damaged Lungs Breathe

Our lungs are coated with a protein surfactant that radically reduces the amount of force required to inhale and breathe. At the Molecular Foundry, a user from Stanford University has worked with Lab researchers to develop a peptoid that mimics the function of the natural surfactant at one-third the cost of existing alternatives. More>

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Lab User Facilities Participate in SSURF Capitol Hill Exhibition

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hosted a User Science Exhibition last month. The Society for the Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) — which includes the Lab’s Molecular Foundry, NERSC, Joint Genome Institute, ESnet, and the Advanced Light Source — hosted exhibits and demos of their research and conveyed the positive impact of user facilities.

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May 9 Presentation on TechWomen and Scientific Diplomacy

The Molecular Foundry, the Women Scientists and Engineers Council, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office are hosting a presentation and panel event called “Scientific Diplomacy: From Berkeley Lab to Egypt” on Wednesday, May 9 at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Breakthrough Could Capture Unseen Light for Solar Energy Conversion

An international team, led by Berkeley Lab scientists, has demonstrated a breakthrough in the design and function of nanoparticles that could make solar panels more efficient by converting light usually missed by solar cells into usable energy. More>

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Nancy Nano: A Cartoon Ambassador for Nanoscience Education

Nancy Nano is a cartoon character created by Molecular Foundry researcher Tracy Mattox as a way to engage students around the fifth-grade level about nanoscience. Her series of e-books covers topics ranging from polymers to photovoltaics. She was inspired to create the character by her outreach work with the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education group. More>

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Molecular Foundry to Host Urban Bicycling Safety Workshop on April 24

Looking for a healthier commute alternative? Tired of traffic and parking hassles? Employees who are considering riding their bikes to and from work, or just around town, are invited to attend an urban bicycling workshop on April 24. Pros from Bike East Bay will be on hand to provide tips on safe riding. The event runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. Flyer>

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Valleytronics Discovery Could Pack More Power Into Future Microchips

Research recently published in Nature Communications finds useful new information-handling potential in samples of tin(II) sulfide (SnS), a candidate “valleytronics” transistor material that might one day enable chipmakers to pack more computing power onto microchips. More>

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Microscopy Society of America Recognizes Molecular Foundry’s Chengyu Song

Chengyu Song has been awarded the Chuck Fiori Award for “Outstanding Technologist in the Physical Sciences.” The annual award honors a researcher from the physical sciences field who has made significant contributions to the advancement of microscopy and microanalysis. More>

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April 13 Workshop on BLISS Nanoscience Kit

Developed by Workforce Development & Education and the Molecular Foundry, this BLISS workshop will train volunteers to demonstrate activities featuring nanoscience technologies for the fourth-to-fifth-grade classroom, science festivals, and community events. The class takes place Friday, April 13, at 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 67-3111. Send email here to register.

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Inspiring a Culture of Mentorship and Networking for Women in Egypt

Teresa Williams (far right), a researcher at the Molecular Foundry, recently returned from Egypt, where she and others worked to help Egyptian girls and women in STEM fields learn how mentorship and networking can further their educational pursuits and professional careers. Her visit was part of the TechWomen program. More>

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