Today at Berkeley Lab

What Rhymes With Cyclotron? Poets Explore the 88-Inch

Kate Greene — a former Lab science writer who is a poet, essayist, journalist, and former laser physicist — and Anastasios Karnazes, also a poet, spent the afternoon and evening at the Lab’s 88-Inch Cyclotron on Thursday to write poetry inspired by their overnight visit. Watch a slideshow of their visit here, and look for an upcoming feature article in TABL for some details from their visit.

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Q&A With Cyclotron Road’s New Managing Director

Cyclotron Road’s new managing director for technology, Tom Boussie, talks about his career path, the obstacles and opportunities Cyclotron Road fellows face, and why he was compelled to join the team. More>

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Former Lab Researcher Poised to Become Mayor of Mexico City

Until three years ago, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo worked as an environmental engineer. Now with a 20-point lead in the polls ahead of the July 1 election, she is poised to become mayor of Mexico City. Sheinbaum Pardo spent four years as a Ph.D. student at Berkeley Lab, comparing energy consumption in Mexico and other industrialized countries. She collaborated with ETA’s Lynn Price. More>

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Steve Kevan Named Director of Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source

After an international search, Stephen “Steve” Kevan has been named the new director of the Advanced Light Source. Kevan, a condensed matter physicist, had served as ALS director in an interim capacity since January, when the preceding director, Roger Falcone, stepped down after more than 11 years in the role. Previously, Kevan was the ALS division deputy for science for more than five years. More>

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EHS’s Jenna McKenzie Steps Up to Help Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

Jenna McKenzie, a deputy biosafety officer in the Lab’s EHS Division, had never been to Puerto Rico or experienced the devastation of a major hurricane, but when a Puerto Rican friend was affected by Hurricane Maria’s wrath, she was moved to help with aid efforts. McKenzie spent a week in Puerto Rico in December and continues to assist a nonprofit group based there. More>

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Bike to Work Month: Olga Kavvada Cycles for Efficiency

For Olga Kavvada, a postdoctoral researcher in the Energy Technologies Area, biking to work is all about time efficiency — there are no traffic jams in the bike lane. “By biking everywhere, I know exactly how long it will take me to get somewhere, and I don’t need to plan for delays, wait times, or parking stress,” she says. More>

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Bike to Work Month: How Jacob Gimbel Turned Biking Into Daily Commute

Jacob Gimbel bikes to a Lab shuttle stop near his home in Berkeley and takes the Lab shuttle to work — with his bike stowed away on the shuttle’s bike rack — almost every day, even when it’s raining. His secret? Take it one day at a time until biking to work becomes second nature. More>

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JBEI’s Keasling Featured in MIT Technology Review

Jay Keasling, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, was recently profiled in an MIT Technology Review article titled “The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot.” In the piece, Keasling discusses the progress made in the quest for affordable advanced biofuels, and underscores the need for continued research. More>

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Alan Poon Helps Boys and Girls ‘Scout’ Out Careers in Nuclear Science

The Lab recently hosted more than 200 Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for its annual Nuclear Science Day for Scouts. The event, which provides a chance for Boy Scouts to earn a merit badge in nuclear science, and Girl Scouts to earn a “Get to Know Nuclear” patch, has been coordinated by Alan Poon for the past eight years. Go here for more on the program and to view a photo feature on the event.

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Lab’s Alivisatos, Alvarez to Address Symposium Honoring Steven Chu

Former Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and Laboratory Chief Information Officer Rosio Alvarez are among those scheduled to speak at a symposium celebrating Steven Chu’s 70th birthday. A Nobel Prize winner, Chu formerly served as Berkeley Lab director and U.S. Secretary of Energy. The event takes place Saturday, May 19, at Stanford University. More>

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