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SC 17 Report: Lab’s Soledad Toledano Gets Up to Speed on Networking

When Soledad Toledano of the IT Division’s computer security team learned that she would be attending the SC17 conference under the WINS program (Women in IT Networking at SC), she hoped to learn more about networking. Within a week she’s been immersed in bits, taps, and black hole IPs. More>

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Old, New, Digital or Print, Lab Librarians Can Likely Find It With Just a Hint

Michael Golden and Peter Palath help employees navigate access to online scientific publications, maintain a collection of hard-copy books, manage inter-library loans, conduct outreach, manage the Lab’s scientific publications database, and locate obscure library materials, such as articles from the 1950s and 1960s in a Russian-language journal. More>

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Oct. 30 Dark Matter Online Chat With Physicist Dan McKinsey

Dan McKinsey, a Berkeley Lab scientist and a UC Berkeley physics professor who works on underground direct-detection dark matter experiments including LUX and LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), will field questions about the search for dark matter from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, Oct. 30, in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) event.

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10 Things You Should Know About Postdoc Amrita Bhattacharyya

Bhattacharyya, a postdoc in the Energy Geosciences Division, is an expert pen spinner, once had a wild elephant encounter, has run a half marathon, and gets unconditional love from her “crazy” family. Go here to learn more about Bhattacharyya. Are there 10 Things we should know about you or someone you work with? If so e-mail communications@lbl.gov.

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IT’s Soledad Toledano Featured in Nissan Video Series on Diversity

In the video, Toledano — who works in IT’s cybersecurity group — discusses her work and efforts to serve as a role model for other Latinas. “Soledad Toledano is opening the way for Latin women to be part of the fields that transform our technological future, such as cyber security,” the video explains. Watch the video here (in Spanish with English subtitles).

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Lab Scientist Featured in Spanish Magazine Comic Strip

Nihar Shah of the Energy Technologies Area was quoted in the Spanish magazine Ballena Blanca in a “comic journalism” article by Tana Oshima titled “In a Hotter World, is Air Conditioning a New Right?” Shah gives alternatives to air conditioning, drawn from his numerous studies on the subject. See page three (upper right panel) to view his quote.

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IT’s Stephen Lau Helped Save Lives During Santa Rosa Fire

A reserve police officer for Hayward, Lau was among those from departments all over the Bay Area to respond to Santa Rosa’s call for help last week. He and his crew drove towards the flames and went door-to-door in the Kendall and Oakmont neighborhoods telling residents to evacuate. Then as the flames grew, he and other officers had to make a run for it as well. More>

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Maxon Named to Governor’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine

Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon is one of 14 people appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine. Maxon and committee members will advise on many aspects of policy issues relating to precision medicine, which aims to use advanced computing and technology to better understand, treat, and prevent disease. More>

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‘Looking for the Invisible’ Dark Matter Presentation at Nerd Nite SF

Berkeley Lab physicist Lucie Tvrznikova, who is working on the deep-underground search for dark matter particles, will join other speakers for a fun evening of science known as “Nerd Nite SF” on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The program begins at 8 p.m. at the Rickshaw Stop (155 Fell St. at Van Ness) in San Francisco. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here.

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On the Road With Susan Synarski and Gita Meckel

In this latest installment of the “Commuter Chronicles,” we look at how Susan Synarski (ETA) and Gita Meckel (EHS) adjusted how they get to work in light of diminishing parking availability at the Lab. More>

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