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Foundry User Meeting to Impact Cafeteria Seating and Parking in H-2 Lot

The Molecular Foundry User Meeting on August 17 and 18 will require the closure of the H-2 parking lot (next to Building 70) starting at 5 p.m. on August 16 through August 18. Dedicated parking spots will be moved behind Building 70. The cafeteria will operate as usual, but tables in the dining hall will be cleared starting 2 p.m. on August 17.

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Foundry Summit on Mimicking Nature with Designer Molecules

The Molecular Foundry is hosting the 10th Peptoid Summit, a gathering of students, postdocs, and other researchers who are investigating new directions in biologically inspired polymer research, focusing on synthetic chains of molecules termed peptoids. The meeting began August 10 and ends August 11. More>

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A Semiconductor That Can Beat the Heat

A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a type of crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity – a rare pairing that scientists say could reduce heat buildup in electronic devices and turbine engines, among other possible applications. More>

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Molecular Foundry Hosts User Meeting August 17 to18

Events include keynote addresses from Harriet Kung (DOE Basic Energy Sciences associate director), Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig (UC Berkeley) and Monica Olvera de la Cruz (Northwestern University), a poster session/reception, and break-out symposia on ultrafast imaging, low-dimensional materials, big data, soft materials, and more. Registration deadline is August 6. More>

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DOE Oppenheimer Leadership Program Participants Visit the Lab

The DOE’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program develops the next generation of leaders in the science and energy fields. The initiative brings together exceptional early- and mid-career professionals who have the potential to contribute significantly to DOE’s work. The 2017 cohort recently visited the Lab, touring the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry (pictured).

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Making Polymer Chemistry ‘Click’

Molecular Foundry and Scripps Research Institute scientists have developed a faster and easier way to make sulfur-containing polymers that will lower the cost of large-scale production. The achievement opens the door to creating new products from this class of polymers while producing far less hazardous waste. More>

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Office of Science Highlights Work by Foundry’s Ron Zuckermann

The DOE Office of Science recently featured work by Zuckermann of the Molecular Foundry to make new customized materials that self-assemble like proteins do, but are sturdier and longer-lasting. The article also underscores the importance of computational simulations powered by NERSC for the portion of the work focusing on self-assembling synthetic shells for gene therapy applications. More>

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Joint Dow/Berkeley Lab Webinar July 11

This joint webinar is the third in a series highlighting work between Dow and Berkeley Lab. The talk, “Structural Secrets of Ziegler-Natta Catalysts,” takes place from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 11. Go here for more details and login information.

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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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