More than 200 Hero Cards are waiting in the wallets of participating Berkeley Lab employees, and they are ready to hand one over to you on the spot. All you have to do is a good deed— help a neighbor, offer some timely advice, or highlight a potential safety hazard. The card not only thanks you for advancing safety at the Lab, it could lead to a cash reward. Two Berkeley Lab employees, Paula Ashley and Sandra Ritterbusch, are already winners. And there’s another twist: when you receive a Hero Card, you can pay it forward. More>
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Two of the world’s most eminent research institutions from the United States and the United Kingdom recently issued a joint publication that distills climate change science in an effort to help policymakers and the larger public make informed decisions and develop effective responses for mitigating its damaging effects. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences team, led by Berkeley Lab earth scientist Inez Fung, partnered with the U.K. Royal Society to release the publication, “Climate Change: Evidence and Causes.” More>
There’s an old axiom that you can’t be what you can’t see. Perhaps if you think about what inspired you to enter into your current job, or line of study, you’ll recognize a role model or two that inspired you to take your current path. That’s why NASA and the Energy Department are teaming up on Wednesday, March 5, at 1p.m. EST to host a Google+ Hangout, showcasing women in STEM that are changing the world and addressing the serious shortage of women and girls engaged in STEM fields in the United States, and showcasing strong role models for students of all genders. Among the scientists featured is Jill Fuss of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division. More>
[The Scientist] Fueled by her love of visual data and addicted to chromosomes, Berkeley Lab life scientist Abby Dernburg continues to study how homologous chromosomes find each other during gamete formation. “When I was a kid, I always felt stupid, in the sense that I didn’t understand how the world worked,” says Dernburg. Although she can’t explain why her twelve-year-old self homed in on biology rather than physics or economics, Dernburg says she already sensed that understanding biology was the best way to understand the world she lived in. More>
Lab life scientists Sylvain Costes (right) and Jonathan Tang (left) were honored to meet French President François Hollande (center with dark tie) during a visit to Silicon Valley yesterday. The duo discussed with the dignitary their start-up company Exogen and its technology, which allows people to monitor their body’s DNA damage and the affect of lifestyle and environmental factors on the health of their DNA. Costes, a French/American scientist, has been working to launch an Exogen branch in France. The technology was one of 10 that were selected for presentation to the president.
Bill Moses of the Life Sciences Division was recently elected to the (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Board of Directors, representing Division IV. The division includes NPSS as well as six other IEEE societies. His two-year term begins in January 2014. Moses’s research centers on imaging ionizing radiation, including nuclear medical imaging, homeland security, subatomic particle physics, and environmental remediation. IEEE, an association dedicated to advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity, is the world’s largest technical professional society.
It might seem odd to describe a Hungarian Jewish refugee who survived the Nazi holocaust and Soviet tanks as having lived a “charmed” life, but Gabor Somorjai of the Materials Sciences Division expresses a relentlessly positive and up-beat attitude in his autobiography “An American Scientist: The Autobiography of Gabor A. Somorjai.” Widely recognized as the father of modern catalysis who revolutionized the scientific understanding of surface interactions, Somorjai tells of his escape from Hungary and his landing in Berkeley, “the right place and at the right time.” He then details a career that has spanned six decades and earned him just about every honor a scientist can receive, including the National Medal of Science.
A daylong symposium on Friday, Feb 14, will highlight life scientist Ken Downing’s remarkable contributions to the growing field of cryo-electron microscopy and feature international investigators who have worked with Downing over the years or received direct training from him. Downing’s 37-year career at Berkeley Lab has spanned an amazing range of widely recognized accomplishments in electron microscopy and related topics. Registration for this free event is required by Friday, Feb. 7. Go here to RSVP and for additional information.
[Prepared by Jose Alonso] On Jan. 18, famed Lab scientist Ed Lofgren celebrated his 100th birthday. He started at the Rad Lab in 1938 with a summer job at the 37-inch cyclotron. In 1940, E.O. Lawrence hired Lofgren, a grad student at Cal, to help adapt the 37-inch for isotope separation. He moved to Los Alamos during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project. Upon returning to Berkeley in 1948, he became deeply involved in studies for the Bevatron. When it was commissioned in 1954, Lofgren became its first director, overseeing its operation when the anti-proton was discovered. He became the first director of the new Accelerator Division and served until his retirement in 1982. He returned to perform the ceremony of shutting down the Bevatron for the last time.
Steve Gourlay, the director of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division since 2006, has decided to step down. AFRD Senior Scientist Wim Leemans will replace Gourlay as director, effective immediately. The division made several notable achievements during Gourlay’s directorship, including important ALS upgrades, construction of BELLA and the Neutral Drift Accelerator (NDCX-II), and record-breaking superconducting magnet development for the LHC Accelerator Research Program. He will return to research within AFRD. Leemans, who joined the Lab in 1991, heads the LOASIS Program, and serves as director of the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA). More>