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Early Career LDRD Spotlight: Roux Explores Hidden World of Microbial Viruses

Simon Roux of the Joint Genome Institute has been taking aim at an elusive mystery: How do viruses infect the millions of trillions of tiny microbes that inhabit the Earth? Now with funding from an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development award, he may get closer to finding important clues. More>

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Early Career LDRD Spotlight: Eloe-Fadrosh Explores Infinite Microbial Universe

With funding provided through an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Award, Emily Eloe-Fadrosh leads a team of researchers at the Joint Genome Institute in search of clues — hidden deep in the DNA of tiny creatures called microbes — that could lead to a better understanding of our soil, water, air, and perhaps even our health. More>

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In Today’s ‘Throw-Away’ Society, Goudey Works to Create a ‘Culture of Repair’

Howdy Goudey of the Energy Technologies Area has always enjoyed tinkering, so he was intrigued when he first heard about “fixit clinics” — community events where people bring small broken items to get free repair help from fixit “coaches.” Goudey now volunteers as a coach with the nonprofit Fixit Clinic organization at numerous Bay Area events. More>

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Maxon Co-Authors Op-Ed on Boosting Role of Science in State Policymaking

Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon and Bruce Alberts of UCSF wrote an editorial for Science that promotes the use of science when developing policy at the state level, and suggests how California’s Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program could serve as a model for other states in the country. More>

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Early Career LDRD Spotlight: Peter Agbo Looks to Nature for Better Fuels

Just three years after joining Berkeley Lab as a postdoc, Peter Agbo — a researcher with the Chemical Sciences Division and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) — is entering the next stage of his young career. He is leading a team in the design of inorganic catalysts modeled after natural enzymes to efficiently convert carbon dioxide into fuels. More>

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Tamura’s Ichthyosaur Illustration Used in News About Fossil Discovery

The ancient remains of a gigantic marine reptile known as an ichthyosaur have been discovered in England, and researchers recently published their findings about the fossil. The story was big news around the world, and accompanying some of the articles was an illustration created by Nobu Tamura, Wikipedia’s resident paleoartist and beamline scientist at the Advanced Light Source.

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Lab’s Etosha Cave Featured in Vanity Fair Entrepreneurship Article

Cyclotron Road’s Etosha Cave, co-founder of Opus 12 — a company that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels — is among those featured in an article that highlights women of color who are diversifying entrepreneurship. More>

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Jim Floyd, Interim Chief of Projects and Construction Office, to Retire

Jim Floyd, the former EHS Division Director and current interim Chief of Projects and Construction Office (PCO), will retire effective June 29. A new interim PCO chief will be announced prior to Floyd’s departure. Go here for a message from Chief Operating Officer Michael Brandt.

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Jon Bashor Retires After 27 Years of Service to National Labs

Jon Bashor — communications manager for the Lab’s Computing Sciences Area — started his career at Livermore Lab in 1991, then moved to Berkeley Lab in 1997. What kept him at the job for nearly 30 years? He fell in love with the science, the people, and the mission of the national labs. He retires on April 6. More>

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Lab Turkeys Put on a Spring Time Show

These turkeys appear to be heeding the nearby “Do Not Enter” signage near Building 71, while displaying their impressive plumage. The photo was taken by Asmita Patel of the Accelerator Technologies and Applied Physics Division. “I was trying to get to Building 50 for a meeting and had to wait for these two to clear the way,” she explains. “They were majestic, walking very proudly, and in no hurry to move.” View image here.

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