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Summer Intern Series: Sophie Dilek Creates a Bacterial ‘Trojan Horse’

Sophie Dilek, a recent Smith College graduate, was mentored by chemical scientists Rebecca Abergel and Dahlia An. Dilek developed a bacteria-specific “Trojan horse” by linking a siderophore to something that can kill bacteria, such as an alpha particle. Bacteria use siderophores — low molecular-weight, high-affinity metal chelators — to sequester iron in low-bioavailability environments. Watch>

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Intern Focuses on Laser Light for Spaceflight

Elliot Heywood had dreamed of landing an internship at Berkeley Lab, but he never could have imagined his dream would take wing as a summer stint studying laser-propelled space travel. More>

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Summer Intern Series: Working on New Imaging Technique at the Foundry

Recent University of Pennsylvania Daniel Durham was mentored by Frank Olgetree and Edward Barnard at the Molecular Foundry. They worked on a new imaging technique called “hyperspectral scanning electron imaging” that can aid the identification of invisible defects or features of nanomaterials by scanning an electron beam over the material while collecting other pertinent information.

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Input Sought on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education

The National Academies’ Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century is soliciting input on its discussion document outlining ways to better serve the needs of diverse students, the scientific enterprise, and the nation. Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon, a committee member, encourages Lab researchers to review the document and submit comments through Sept 22.

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Summer Intern Series: Lab Helps Fuel Gutierrez’s Career in Science

This summer, Carolina Gutierrez completed her second internship through the DOE’s Community College Internship program at the Lab’s Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, mentored by Ling Liang. She is also active in trying to recruit other community college students to pursue STEM education. Learn more about Gutierrez’s internship here, and check out her Instagram takeover.

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Visiting Faculty Member Explores Machine Learning to Better Understand Science

Tiffani Holmes, an associate chemistry professor at Fort Valley State University, participated in the Visiting Faculty Program over the summer, collaborating with Wibe De Jong in the Computational Research Division. Her research involved using machine learning techniques to investigate new psychoactive substances that pose a dangerous threat to consumers. Watch>

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Summer Intern Series: Ashley Cronk and Jim Pesavento Share Their Stories

UC Berkeley student Ashley Cronk worked with mentor David Larson to develop technologies to produce sustainable solar fuels using artificial photosynthesis. Saint Mary’s College professor Jim Pesavento collaborated with Gary Karpen on sequestering carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. More>

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Special Series Highlights the Lab’s Summer Interns

All this week, the experiences of students and faculty who worked on big science at Berkeley Lab over the summer will be presented via feature videos, Instagram takeovers, and articles. Visit Today at Berkeley Lab and follow @BerkeleyLab on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to learn how an internship at Berkeley Lab can help steer a student’s career in STEM fields. In today’s video, we focus on Anya Nugent, a physics major from Hamilton College who participated in the Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research program under the supervision of Shirley Ho and Zachary Slepian in the Physics Division.

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August 17 Blood Drive; $5 Target Gift Card for Donors

The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage. Stop by the Bloodmobile in the cafeteria parking Lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 17 to help out. Go here to schedule an appointment (Sponsor Code “LBL”). Walk-ins also welcome. Save time by using RapidPass.

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Undergraduate Internship Programs Accepting Applications for Spring 2018

Applications for the Community College Internship and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship programs are now open. These programs encourage undergraduate students to pursue STEM careers by providing them with research experience at Department of Energy national laboratories on projects supporting the DOE mission. Learn more here.

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