Today at Berkeley Lab

Chu Hall Opens, Enhancing Lab’s Energy Research

The Solar Energy Research Center (SERC), renamed Chu Hall, has opened at Berkeley Lab. It will house laboratories and offices devoted to the study of photovoltaic and electro-chemical solar energy systems. The building houses programs for the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute. More>

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Chu Hall Dedication, Ribbon-Cutting on Tuesday, May 26

The event for the new Chu Hall (aka SERC, Building 30), named for former Lab Director Steve Chu, begins at 10:30 a.m. Go here to view complete agenda. Chu Hall will house several programs, including JCAP and Kavli ENSI. Research at Chu Hall will focus on producing renewable, carbon-neutral fuel from sunlight and air.

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Earth Sciences Hosts May 21 Screening of ‘Symphony of the Soil’

The documentary celebrates the “wonders of the Earth’s living skin” as well as the International Year of Soils. UC Berkeley professor and film narrator Ignacio Chapella will introduce the film, which screens at 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The event is presented by the Microbes-to-Biomes (M2B) Initiative. Go here to download a flyer.

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Dance Club Hosts May 18 Potluck; Samba Series Starts June 8

Bring a dish and practice your merengue, rumba, waltz, West Coast swing, salsa, and other dance forms, starting at noon in Building 76-235. A new series on samba will start June 8. Zumba classes are held on Thursdays. Check the Lab events calendar on the TABL website for up-to-date info on all Dance Club activities.

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Lab Honors Recent, Past Retirees at Special Reception

Nearly 100 retirees were recently honored for their years of service, with music, refreshments, a welcome by Deputy Director Horst Simon, presentation by the UC Berkeley Retirement Center,
the EX-L’s Lab retirement group, and Lab Foundation President Ivy Clift.

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Joost Daniels Wins Photo Spring Showcase Contest

Daniels, with ATAP Division, received the most votes from employees who went to the exhibit last week for his image, entitled “Keyhole Sunset.” Maria Prieto of the Environment, Health & Safety Division won the raffle drawing. Her prize…a print of Keyhole Sunset. Go here for more on the Photo Club.

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Battery Team Touts Capabilities to Companies at First Ever Industry Day

ETA’s Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division held an Industry Day on April 29, sharing with about 70 attendees how and why to work with national labs. Specifically, under a new DOE-funded program, Lab scientists can work with battery startups to perform a small proof-of-concept experiment at no cost to the company. More>

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JBEI, California Technology Council Host May 7 Technology Showcase

The event (1 to 5 p.m. in Emeryville) provides an inside look at promising research in academia, with talks by leading investors and start-up demos in renewables, green chemistry, and industrial biotech. Free tickets are available for the first 10 Berkeley Lab staff to register. Contact Matt Gardner for tickets. Go here for more information and to register.

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Poster Session Highlights Work by SULI Interns

The work of 35 spring SULI program interns will be on display on Wednesday, April 29, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. The internships provide an opportunity to work with Lab scientists and engineers on projects related to the Lab’s research programs. The poster session is hosted by Workforce Development & Education.

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“5 Big Questions” Theme of Wednesday’s Science at the Theater

4-29-15-SATTEvery discovery and invention starts with a question. From simulating supernovae to growing food in our cities, Berkeley Lab scientists will dive into the big questions that drive their research. Come hear Judy Campisi, Kai Vetter, Shashi Buluswar, Javier Ceja-Navarro, and Ann Almgren speak on April 29 at Oakland’s Kaiser Center Auditorium from 7-9 p.m. Go here to RSVP.

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