Today at Berkeley Lab

Feb. 22 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Jin-Woo Han (NASA Ames), and Stersky Zolan, Rick Kwan, and John Sokol of Nano Devices Corp., will speak on “Gate All Around Vacuum Channel Transistor and Applications” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Alan Clark, Former Lab Senior Scientist, Dies at 78 

Alan Roderick Clark — who worked on experiments at the Bevatron, Fermilab, and SLAC that later enabled the first observations of the top quark and charmed particles produced by muons — died after a short illness on Jan. 29 at age 78. More>

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Next-Gen Dark Matter Detector in a Race to Finish Line

The race is on to build the most sensitive U.S.-based experiment designed to directly detect dark matter particles. Department of Energy officials have formally approved a key construction milestone that will propel the project toward its April 2020 goal for completion. More>

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Jan. 25 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Ramsey Badawi, with the Division of Nuclear Medicine at UC Davis, will speak on “Explorer: Changing the Molecular Imaging Paradigm with Total-Body PER” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Badawi’s research is focused on translational imaging, with emphasis on PET and other radiotracer techniques. More>

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Carl Haber Revives California’s Native American Past Through Sound

Lab physicist Carl Haber, whose scanning technology IRENE (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.) garnered him a MacArthur Genius fellowship in 2013, is now working with UC Berkeley’s Moffitt Library to digitize 2,713 wax recordings of California’s Native American tribes from more than 100 years ago. More>

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Physicist Surjeet Rajendran Shares $100,000 New Horizons Prize

Rajendran of the Lab’s Physics Division researches new theories to explain dark matter and other cosmological mysteries. The New Horizons prizes are awarded to promising early-career researchers who have already produced important work in either fundamental physics or mathematics. More>

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Dec. 7 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Andreas Stolz of Michigan State University will speak on “Particle Detectors for Intense Rare Isotope Beams” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Free Showing of ‘Phantom of the Universe’ at Chabot Science Center

The Chabot Space and Science Center will have a special showing of “Phantom of the Universe,” a planetarium show about dark matter, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. The event is free but registration is required. Lab physicist Michael Barnett served as executive producer. More>

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A Look Inside the Barrel of a Galaxy-Scanning Instrument

A large, barrel-shaped lens-holding device is taking shape for the Berkeley Lab-led Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument project. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory collaborators are building and assembling this device—which will be placed on the Mayall 4-meter telescope near Tucson, Ariz.—to exacting specifications. More>

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Leroy T. Kerth, Former Associate Lab Director and Senior Scientist, Dies at 87

Leroy T. “Roy” Kerth, who had served as associate director and senior scientist at Berkeley Lab and contributed to the Bevatron and other particle physics experiments at SLAC and Fermi national labs, died in his sleep Nov. 7, at age 87. Kerth had also served as UC Berkeley associate dean and physics professor. More>

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