Today at Berkeley Lab

I-Yang Lee Receives APS Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics

Lee, of the Nuclear Sciences Division, was recognized for “seminal contributions to the field of nuclear structure through the development of advanced gamma-ray detectors as realized in the Gammasphere device, and for pioneering work on gamma-ray energy tracking detectors demonstrated by the Gamma-ray Energy Tracking Array (GRETINA).” More>

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Four Lab Scientists Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Biochemist Robert Glaeser, physicist Barbara Jacak, synthetic biologist Jay Keasling and molecular biologist Eva Nogales are among 213 new members elected to the academy, which recognizes accomplished scholars, scientists and artists. More>

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NSF to Provide $35 Million to Support IceCube Neutrino Observatory

The five-year, $35 million cooperative agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Madison will enable the continued operation and management of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. The National Science Foundation agreement includes sub-awards to Berkeley Lab. More>

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In Memoriam: Retired Physicist Howard Shugart (1932-2016)

Shugart joined the Lab in 1965 as group lead of the Atomic Beams Group. His research interests included atomic and molecular beams, low energy nuclear physics, and the experimental determination of the mechanical and electromagnetic properties of nuclei and atoms. More>

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Supernova Shockwave Captured by Astronomers for the First Time

Daniel Kasen of the Nuclear Science Division was part of the team that reported this week the first observation of a “shock breakout,” which is when the shock wave of an exploding star punches through the surrounding stellar matter and becomes visible. More>

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Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium on Gamma-ray Tracking

The structure of nuclei far from the stability line is a central theme of research in nuclear physics. Key to this program has been the worldwide development of radioactive beam facilities and novel detector systems. On March 23 hear Augusto Macchiavelli give the Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium in the Building 50 auditorium. More>

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U.S. Watches as Fukushima Continues to Leak Radiation

Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, scientists continue to track traces of radioactive material on the West Coast of North America. Shortly after the accident, the Lab’s Kai Vetter co-founded two groups to monitor the effects: Kelp Watch and RadWatch. More>

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Lab Technology Helps U.S. and Singapore Strengthen Nuclear Security

Scientists with the Nuclear Science Division’s Applied Nuclear Physics Program recently supported a joint trial between the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs to assess the Berkeley Lab-developed Radiological Multisensor Analysis Platform (RadMAP). The trial was recently featured on the DHS blog.

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Volunteer for Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

The Nuclear Science Division, Advanced Light Source, and Workforce Development & Education are hosting the annual Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on Saturday, April 23. Over 200 kids and troop leaders will visit the Lab. Volunteers are needed to help organize and run the activities on the event day. Volunteers can register here, or contact Alan Poon (x2467).

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2015 Nobelist to Give Talk at Lab on Nov. 10

Art McDonald, the Nobel Prize co-winner in physics, will present a special Nuclear Science Division colloquium on “Neutrino and Astro-Physics Measurements with SNO Detector” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The talk will be live streamed. Go here for more on the Lab’s involvement with SNO.

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