Today at Berkeley Lab

New Program Offers Postdoc Fellowships to Underrepresented Minorities

The California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate invites underrepresented minority Ph.D.s in mathematical and physical sciences, chemistry, or engineering, to apply simultaneously for postdoctoral positions at UC Berkeley, Caltech, Stanford, and UCLA. Priority is given to applications submitted by Nov. 1. More>

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Two Wellness Workshops Offered This Week

Class on “Resilience/Stress Management” takes place tomorrow (Oct. 14) at noon in Perseverance Hall. The second class, on Thursday, Oct. 16, at noon in Building 2-100B, covers “Getting Sleep: Misconceptions and Facts.” Both workshops are free.

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Campus Hosts ‘Big Ideas” Student Competition

Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas” in areas such as energy, data, health, food, and information technology. Pre-proposals are due Nov. 13. More>

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Jay Keasling to Give Keynote at Campus Synthetic Biology Conference

The gathering, sponsored by the University of Copenhagen, takes place Nov. 10-12 and focuses on “Optimal Production of High-Value Compounds.” In addition to Keasling, JBEI’s Dominique Loque will also speak at the event. More>

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Neural Compensation in People With Alzheimer’s-Related Protein

The human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study by UC Berkeley researchers, led by Berkeley Lab life scientist William Jagust. More>

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Pre-Retirement Planning Classes Offered

The UC Berkeley Retirement Center hosts the six-class, Friday afternoon series, which starts Oct. 17 and continues through Nov. 21. Priority is given to registrants who can attend all sessions. The sessions are geared towards those planning to retire within the next one-to-five years. More>

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Breastfeeding Support Classes on Sept. 22 and Nov. 4

The three-and-a-half-hour classes will be at the Tang Center on the UC Berkeley campus. The sessions will include basic information, common problems and how to manage them, planning for return to work or school, and using breast pumps. Enrollment required. More>

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BERC Hosts Innovation Expo on Oct. 16

The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative event includes a keynote talk by LightSail Energy’s Danielle Fong, an energy innovation case competition for commercializing a Berkeley Lab technology, and a poster session and competition. More>

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Ashok Gadgil Gives CITRIS Research Exchange Talk

EETD Director will discuss “Lessons Learned from Drinking Water Treatment, Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves, and Energy Efficient Lights,” at noon on Sept. 10 at the Banatao Auditorium on campus. The lecture will also be webcast. The talk is hosted by the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). More>

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In Memoriam: Retired Chemist Robert Connick (1917-2014)

Hired by UC Berkeley in 1943, he worked on the Manhattan Project, studying the chemistry of plutonium and devising separation techniques. In 1974 he became a principal investigator at Berkeley Lab, retiring in 1988. More>

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