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Instrumentation Talk on Radiation Detection Developments

Kai Vetter will present an Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium talk on “Radiation Detection Developments in the Berkeley Applied Nuclear Physics Program,” on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at noon in Building 15-253. The presentation will be lived streamed here. More>

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Lattice QCD Calculations Reveal Inner Workings of Lightest Nuclei

Using resources at NERSC, a research team has demonstrated for the first time the ability of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) — a fundamental theory in particle physics — to calculate the magnetic structure of some of the lightest nuclei. More>

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BELLA, IceCube Makes Lists for Top Science Stories in 2014

Scientific American’s Best Physics Papers of 2014 list included one by Wim Leemans on the Lab’s compact accelerator, BELLA (#9 on list). BELLA also made the APS Top Ten Physics News Stories of 2014, as did the lab-involved neutrino project, IceCube.

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Barbara Jacak Appointed as Director of Nuclear Science Division

Jacak, formerly with the State University of New York — Stony Brook, has also accepted a joint appointment as faculty senior scientist at Berkeley Lab and professor of physics at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on experimental study of quark gluon plasma. More>

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NSD’s Howard Wieman Receives APS Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics

Wieman was recognized “for developing foundational experimental and theoretical tools to enable and guide generations of experiments in relativistic heavy ion physics. The combination of experiment and theory led to the initial discoveries at RHIC, ongoing precision studies of the properties of hot nuclear matter, and to exploration of the nuclear matter phase diagram.” More>

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Hot Plasma Soup at the Dawn of the Universe

By combining data from two high-energy accelerators, nuclear scientists have refined the measurement of a remarkable property of exotic matter known as quark-gluon plasma. The findings reveal new aspects of the ultra-hot, “perfect fluid” that give clues to the state of the young universe just microseconds after the big bang. More>

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Adventures in Antarctic Computing at IceCube

This neutrino telescope located at the South Pole — which is collecting and processing data from 5,160 optical sensors buried a mile deep in the icecap — presents considerable challenges, from overcoming power and bandwidth limitations to simulating the complexities of Antarctic ice. Lab researchers Lisa Gerhardt and Spencer Klein helped co-write an article on these challenges for IEEE. More>

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No Fukushima Radiation Found in Coastal Areas

In a talk at the recent American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, Berkeley Lab’s Eric Norman discussed recent tests on a variety of Pacific plants, animals, seawater, and salts that have come up clean of radiation from Fukushima. More>

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Hoffman Reflects on Changes in Women’s Status in 70 Years as a Scientist

Had it not been for an inspiring female chemistry professor in college 70 years ago, Darleane Hoffman may never have gone on to become a widely acclaimed nuclear chemist. Hoffman spoke last week at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco about the dramatic changes she has seen in the status of women in science. More>

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Nuclear Science, Physics, Help Celebrate Neutrino Day in South Dakota

Over 800 people attended the July 12 event. At the Sanford Underground Research Facility’, Lab staff discussed the LUX and LZ dark-matter experiments, and Majorana neutrinoless double beta decay experiment. Go here to hear NSD’s Alan Poon interviewed for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. More>

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