Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Engineer To Co-Workers: ‘I’m Transgender’

A few months ago, Allie Andrews sent an email to all her NERSC co-workers with some personal news: the software engineer they have known for the last 13 years as Matt Andrews is transgendered. Read the story of her coming out to her Berkeley Lab colleagues, part of the Panorama series of the Lab’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. More>

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Hot Plasma Partial to Bootstrap Current

Supercomputers at NERSC are helping plasma physicists create a “bootstrap” that could help reduce or eliminate the need for an external current driver and pave the way to a more cost-effective fusion reactor. If successful, fusion reactors could provide almost limitless clean energy. More>

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Supercomputing Fuels Decades of Energy Discoveries

Researchers around the nation use NERSC to explore the scientific foundations for clean and sustainable energy technologies and develop new and improved materials to enable these technologies, including projects in “green” energy and materials science. More>

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Videos of NERSC 40th Anniversary Nobel Lectures Now Available

Talks — presented by John Kuriyan, Warren Washington, George Smoot, and Saul Perlmutter — are posted on the NERSC website. More>

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Farming: A Climate Change Culprit

NERSC simulations show impact of land-use change on African monsoon precipitation. More>

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Perlmutter Wraps Up NERSC’s Nobel Keynote Lunchtime Lectures

Noon talk in Building 50 Auditorium will be live streamed. More>

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June 4 Talk Introduces the Cori System, NERSC’s next Supercomputer

Researchers can learn how to apply for early access to prototype hardware. More>

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Chemist John Kuriyan Kicks Off NERSC Nobel Keynotes Today

John Kuriyan — a UC Berkeley professor and member of Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus’ team — kicks off a distinguished speakers series honoring NERSC’s 40th anniversary. His talk, starting at noon in the Building 66 auditorium, will be entitled “Molecular Dynamics Simulations and the Mechanisms of Protein Complexes.” Like all speeches in the series, Kuriyan’s will be streamed live. More>

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NERSC’s Bautista Recruiting for Filipinas in New Women’s Group

Elizabeth Bautista (center), Group Lead for the Operations Technology Group at NERSC, is spearheading the creation of a new community group called Filipinas in Computing, sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute. Despite its name, the group welcomes Filipinas working in any STEM field (science, technology, engineering, math). Its aim is to provide mentors, role models and professional development, but for now, Baustista said her biggest challenge is finding any Filipina women working in STEM, whether in academia, industry or government labs. So far at Berkeley Lab, she is the only one she knows of. More>

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Atomic Switcheroo Explains Origins of Thin-Film Solar Cell Mystery

Scientists have known since the 1980s that treating cadmium-telluride (CdTe) solar cell materials with cadmium-chloride improves efficiency, but the underlying physics have remained a mystery until now. Combining electron microscopy with computer simulations run at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), researchers have put this decades long debate to rest. More>

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