Today at Berkeley Lab

Carbon Voyage Update: A Floating Classroom for Students

All members of Jim Bishop’s team have been trained in key deck operations, such as working the tag lines during CTD deployment. UC Berkeley junior William Kumler, for instance, has been introduced to the winch at the stern of the ship. He stood at the controls during sediment trap deployments and recovery, vigilantly following the signals for letting out or taking in cable. More>

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Carbon Voyage Update: Star Charting Santa Cruz Basin at Night

In her latest blog post, science writer Sarah Yang discusses the ship’s spatial mapping of the region, surveying temperature, salinity and other variables relevant to the particle concentration in the water. Connect the dots and the star will appear. “A star pattern is an effective pattern if you want to cover the greatest region,” says researcher Jim Bishop. More>

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Carbon Voyage Update: The Return of the First Carbon Flux Explorer

There’s a mixture of relief and joy every time a robotic float is recovered, reports science writer Sarah Yang, aboard the research vessel “Oceanus.” Years of research and months of intense engineering go into preparing each device for its life at sea, so when Carbon Flux Explorer 3 sent its ping to say that it had surfaced, the reaction was one of excitement and anticipation. More>

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Carbon Voyage Update: Robotic Technology Helps Monitoring

In her latest blog post, science writer Sarah Yang discusses the optical sedimentation recorder (OSR) instrument that researcher Jim Bishop designed to catch organic matter sinking vertically and funnel it to a glass platform, where a camera takes images at regular intervals. This and other technologies improve the study of the ocean’s biological carbon pump. More>

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Researchers Study Oceans, Carbon at Sea; Lab Science Writer Joins Them

Lab Scientists and engineers embark on 10-day scientific expedition aboard the vessel “Oceanus” to study the ocean’s biological carbon pump. Sarah Yang from Public Affairs is tagging along and will blog daily about the trip. These posts will be published in TABL. Go here to read Yang’s initial installments.

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Aug. 26 ‘Social Media for Scientists’ Seminar on Campus

Sarah Mojarad of Caltech will discuss how a deeper understanding of social media concepts helped her science students improve their ability to communicate discoveries and research. Her talk runs from 2-3 p.m. in 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, and is sponsored by the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute. More>

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Acclaimed Photographer Marilyn Chung Joins Public Affairs

Chung replaces the recently retired Roy Kaltschmidt as Lead Photographer. She previously worked for 11 years with the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, and has experience with Knight Ridder and Michigan’s Valley Publishing. Contact her at marilynchung@lbl.gov or photo@lbl.gov. More>

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Classified Ads to Be Discontinued; Cal Rentals Available for Staff Use

Due to low usage and limited resources, the classified ad service will end on August 31. Employees can use apps such as Nextdoor or Grabio (for neighborhoods), or eBay or Craigslist to buy or sell items. Staff can use UC Berkeley’s Cal Rentals service to seek or post housing (use Lab e-mail to sign up). Call 642-4108 for more information.

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Hosting a Lab Event? Add it to the Calendar

From science lectures, workshops, IT training, or dance classes, there’s always something going on at the Lab. And there’s no better way to track these activities than checking the Lab Events Calendar on the TABL website. Is your division, department or club hosting an event open to employees? If so, add it to the events calendar to broaden your reach. Instructions are here.

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Before and After Pics Illustrate Munching Prowess of Lab Goats

Hundreds of grazing goats have arrived this month as part of the Lab’s efforts to prevent wildfires. And as a testament to their skill, check out these before-and-after photos of a hillside near Chamberlain Road, between Buildings 71A and 90. What was once long, dry grass was quickly mowed down to nubs.

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