Posts Tagged ‘Nuclear Science Division’

Volunteers Sought for Nuclear Science Division’s Scout Day

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The Lab’s Nuclear Science Division, Advanced Light Source, and Workforce Development & Education are hosting a Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on June 7. This annual event is regularly oversubscribed by hundreds each year, and has attracted youths from as far as southern California. Those available to volunteer at the event can go here to sign up. More information on the event is available here. Contact Alan Poon (x2467) for more information.

10 Questions for Nuclear Science’s Azriel Goldschmidt

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Azriel Goldschmidt conducts research on particle physics detectors in the Nuclear Science Division and has worked at the Lab for 15 years.

Q: What is your proudest moment on the job?
A: Achieving in a successful group effort the best energy resolution in xenon detectors at high pressure

Q: What do you enjoy most about working the Lab?
A: Team effort, good vibe, and constructive interactions between group members. Plus the very intellectually stimulating atmosphere.

Q: Why do you like science?
A: it is one of my ways of appreciating the world’s beauty and feeling part of it.

Q: Who is your science hero?
A: Anyone who makes real breakthroughs while being a nice, approachable, whole, giving person. One example: Saul Perlmultter.

Q: Where were you born and/or raised?
A: Raised in Argentina.

Q: What is your cultural heritage?
A: Latin-American/Jewish

Q: What are your favorite activities outside of work?
A: Parenting and singing and dancing to Flamenco music.

Q: How are you involved with your community?
A: Volunteering in school and other activities. Giving outreach science talks when there is an opportunity.

Q: What famous person would you most like to meet?
A: Gandhi.

Q: What saying best reflects your outlook on life?
A: Who is wise? The one who learns from every person. Who is rich? The one who appreciates what he has. Both are from Pirkei Avot.

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Health Officials Offer Verdict on Fukushima Radiation Near Half Moon Bay

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

[Contra Costa Times] Nuclear scientist Kai Vetter has been testing air, rain, milk and fish on the West Coast since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan, finding no public safety threat. He says that radioisotopes, such as cesium 134 and 137, peaked in 2011 at levels far below public safety thresholds and have since declined to background concentrations. “Nuclear radiation is something you can’t smell, see and feel,” he says. “It tends to scare people.” He is now watching for ocean-borne cesium and other isotopes, which are expected to arrive this spring on the West Coast in low concentrations — several hundred times below federal standards for drinking water. More>

Thursday Screening of IceCube Documentary ‘Chasing the Ghost Particle’

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists — including researchers in Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division — are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes. The Lab’s IceCube group is hosting a free screening of the 30-minute film “Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the edge of the Universe,” which documents this work, on Thursday at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium.

Colored Diamonds are a Superconductor’s Best Friend

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Flawed but colorful diamonds are among the most sensitive detectors of magnetic fields known today, allowing physicists to explore the minuscule magnetic fields in metals, exotic materials and even human tissue. Berkeley Lab nuclear scientist Dmitry Budker and colleagues have now shown that these diamond sensors can measure the tiny magnetic fields in high-temperature superconductors, providing a new tool to probe these much ballyhooed but poorly understood materials. More>

Scientists ‘Herd’ Cells in New Approach to Tissue Engineering

Thursday, March 13th, 2014


Sometimes it only takes a quick jolt of electricity to get a swarm of cells moving in the right direction. Researchers at UC Berkeley — led by Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Michel Maharbiz — found that an electrical current can be used to orchestrate the flow of a group of cells, an achievement that could establish the basis for more controlled forms of tissue engineering and for potential applications such as “smart bandages” that use electrical stimulation to help heal wounds. More>

Lab Researchers Help Develop Heavy Flavor Tracker for STAR

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Berkeley Lab scientists and engineers with the Nuclear Science and Engineering Divisions played a major role in the development of the Heavy Flavor Tracker, the newest member of the STAR detector family at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. HFT is the collective name for three separate silicon-based detector systems that make it possible for the first time to directly track the decay products of hadrons comprised of “charm” and “bottom” quarks. The heavy masses of these quarks make them ideal probes for studying the quark-gluon plasma, the primordial soup of quarks and gluons whose brief existence after the big bang set the stage for the universe we know today. The HFT was originally conceived by Nuclear Science Division physicist Howard Wieman. More>

Researchers Launch ‘Kelp Watch’ to Monitor Fukushima Contamination

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Researchers from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and Berkeley Lab have launched “Kelp Watch 2014,” a scientific campaign designed to determine the extent of radioactive contamination of the state’s kelp forest from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. Initiated by CSULB Biology Professor Steven L. Manley and the Berkeley Lab’s Head of Applied Nuclear Physics Kai Vetter, the project will rely on samples of Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp from along the California coast. More>

Obama Honors Four Lab Researchers with Early-Career Awards

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Daniel Kasen (Nuclear Science), Adam Weber (EETD), Junqiao Wu (Materials Sciences), and Ahmet Yildiz (Physical Biosciences), are recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their career. Kasen and Weber were recognized as part of the Department of Energy, while Wu and Yildiz, who are also UC Berkeley faculty members, were recognized as part of the National Science Foundation. More>

Five Lab Researchers Selected as APS Fellows

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Paul Fallon (Nuclear Science), Steve Holland (Engineering), Jeff Neaton (Materials Sciences), Fernando Sannibale (AFRD), and Robert Schoenlein (Materials Sciences) were recently selected as fellows of the American Physical Society. The scientists were recognized for their “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.” More>