Today at Berkeley Lab

EESA’s Lisa Alvarez-Cohen Named Vice Provost for Academic Planning

Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, a faculty scientist in the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, has been appointed UC Berkeley’s next vice provost for academic planning. Alvarez-Cohen currently holds the Fred and Claire Sauer Professorship in Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on the application of microbiological processes for the elimination of environmental contaminants. More>

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Lab’s Jennifer Doudna Shares 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience

The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, given every other year by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Kavli Foundation, was awarded this year to Jennifer Doudna of the Lab’s Biosciences Area and two colleagues who developed the powerful nanoscale tool CRISPR-Cas9 to edit DNA. More>

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Campanile’s Peregrine Falcon Chicks Named After Berkeley-Discovered Elements

A month ago, three peregrine falcon chicks hatched high atop the Campanile tower on the UC Berkeley campus. Hundreds of bird enthusiasts flocked to social media to suggest names for the fledglings. In honor of the campus’ 150th anniversary, it was decided to go with Berkelium, Californium, and Lawrencium, all elements discovered at Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley. More>

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UC 150th: Lab Figures Large in Campus Research Timeline

From Ernest Lawrence’s first design of the cyclotron in 1931 and his brother John’s launching of nuclear medicine in 1937, to Jay Keasling’s creation of an affordable malaria drug in 2006 and Jennifer Doudna’s discovery of CRISPR technology in 2012, Lab researchers have played an important part of UC Berkeley’s 150-year history. Go here to view a full timeline of milestones.

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Diamond ‘Spin-Off’ Could Lower Medical Imaging, Drug Discovery Costs

An international team led by scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley discovered how to exploit defects in nanoscale and microscale diamonds, and potentially enhance the sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance systems while eliminating the need for their costly and bulky superconducting magnets. More>

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Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Leadership Visits Berkeley Lab

Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon and the Government and Community Relations Office recently hosted leadership from the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative to discuss common goals in the effort to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges around energy and the environment. The group learned about the Lab’s history and mission, and toured the Advanced Light Source.

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Potential for Traffic Delays Due to Cal Graduations

Over the next couple of weeks, UC Berkeley academic departments will be conducting commencements, with several taking place at the nearby Greek Theater. Employees may experience delays commuting to or from the Lab when these ceremonies take place.

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Berkeley Chemists Win Prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Awards

The award winners include Christopher Chang, John Hartwig, Daniel Neumark, and Dean Toste, all with the Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, and who hold joint appointments at UC Berkeley. The Royal Society of Chemistry chooses award winners for the originality and impact of their research, or for their contributions to the chemical sciences industry or chemistry education. More>

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Long-Sought Structure of Telomerase Paves Way for Drugs for Aging, Cancer

While neither telomerase-based anti-aging drugs nor anticancer drugs have yet appeared, a recent development — the first detailed picture of the molecular structure of human telomerase — should jump-start that effort, allowing more targeted drug screens and intelligent design of new drugs. The Lab’s Eva Nogales is a senior author on this research study. More>

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Valleytronics Discovery Could Pack More Power Into Future Microchips

Research recently published in Nature Communications finds useful new information-handling potential in samples of tin(II) sulfide (SnS), a candidate “valleytronics” transistor material that might one day enable chipmakers to pack more computing power onto microchips. More>

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