Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Computer Engineer is Dickens Fair’s Mr. Fezziwig

Dave Batzloff of the IT Division has been playing this character — featured in Ebenezer Scrooge’s trip to the past from “A Christmas Carol” — for 13 years. He and 75 cast members recreate a Victorian Christmas party, complete with dancing, singing, and games, at the annual Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. More>

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Where Vision Meets Know-How: Xiang Zhang’s XLab

The Lab’s Materials Sciences Division director is featured in a UC Berkeley publication, in a story that highlights his work with more than 30 Ph.D. students, postdocs, and visiting scientists who comprise “XLab.” The X, says Zhang, stands for explore, experiment, and excellence. More>

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PBD’s Adams Co-Author of Paper Included in Nature’s ‘Most Cited’ List

Nature recently released a list of the 100 most-cited articles published since 1900, as recorded in the Science Citation Index. Physical Biosciences Division Deputy for Science Paul Adams was a lead co-author on one of the top 100 articles in 1998, when he was a postdoctoral scholar at Yale University. More>

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In Life as in Tennis, ‘Just Relax and Play Your Game,’ says Roe

Physics Division Director Natalie Roe was inspired to pick up the game again 15 years ago, inspired by her mother who, now in her eighties, plays several times a week. Competing on league teams has taught her about performing under pressure and how to get better at it. More>

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Saul Perlmutter Included in Time Magazine’s ‘Great Scientists’ List

The magazine included the Nobel Prize-winning physicist in an elite group of “geniuses, eccentrics, and visionaries who transformed the world.” The issue is currently on newsstands. More>

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EETD Researcher Selected as National Academy Kavli Fellow

Adam Weber of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division attended the U.S Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium held last month, which brings together some of the very best young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. Weber’s current research looks at optimizing fuel-cell performance and lifetime. More>

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Doudna Featured in Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers Issue

Physical Biosciences Division researcher Jennifer Doudna was included, along with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier, in the innovators category of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers” issue of Foreign Policy Magazine. The team was recognized for their CRISPR/Cas genome-editing tool. More>

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DACA Act Helps Jose Sierra Procure Job in Computing

After an introduction to the Lab’s high-performance computing research through a high school IT academy, Jose Sierra, now an engineering student at SF State, had hoped to work at Lab to gain real-world experience. But as an émigré from Guatemala, he had no work permit. DACA changed all that. He’s now a student assistant in CRD. More>

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Marvin Cohen Receives Materials Society’s Highest Honor

Cohen received the 2014 Von Hippel Award from the Materials Research Society for “explaining and predicting properties of materials and for successfully predicting new materials using microscopic quantum theory.” He is a senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division UC Berkeley University Professor. More>

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10 Questions for OCFO’s Laura Sanders

This procurement subcontract administrator appreciates the Lab’s casual dress policy, enjoys belly dancing, and hopes to travel to Fiji one day. Go here to check out the rest of Sanders’ answers.

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