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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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Mysteries of Space Dust Revealed

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA’s Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks, which likely originated from beyond our solar system, are more complex in composition and structure than previously imagined. More>

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Startups Develop the Next Big Thing at Campus Lab

Inside Stanley Hall, which hosts UC Berkeley’s Department of Bioengineering and QB3 (which includes Berkeley Lab researchers), a number of labs are in full swing over the summer, serving research facilities for students and faculty and incubators for innovative startups that may spearhead emerging industries. More>

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Students Invited to Attend Cleantech Boot Camp

The Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute is hosting the event — held August 26 to 27 on campus — to help bring university research to market. The Molecular Foundry will be among those giving presentations. Go here to submit your name for consideration.

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Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment, and creating vision-correcting displays. More>

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For Laser Inventor Charles Townes, a Festive 99th Birthday

UC Berkeley Nobelist Charles H. Townes drew a crowd of more than 500 admirers to Faculty Glade as the campus wished him a happy 99th birthday. Accompanied by his wife, Frances, 98, and his three daughters, Townes, the inventor of the laser, was presented with the Chancellor’s Citation. More>

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Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

A team of researchers led by Materials Sciences Director Xiang Zhang has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor to detect incredibly minute concentrations of explosives. The researchers noted that the sensor could potentially be used to sniff out a hard-to-detect explosive popular among terrorists. More>

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Lab Researchers Named Fellows for Campus Data Institute

The Berkeley Institute for Data Science has introduced its founding fellows, including Lab researchers Daniela Ushizima, Deborah Agarwal, E. Wes Bethel, Peter Nugent, Saul Perlmutter, David Schlegel, James Sethian, Kimmen Sjölander, Kyle Barbary, Beth Reid, and David Culler. Go here to view the complete list.

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RadWatch Brings Near Real-Time Radiation Data to the Public

Nuclear Sciences’ Kai Vetter leads project to provide online access to info on environmental radiation to help demystify a misunderstood subject. More>

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Frances Hellman Appointed Dean of UC Berkeley’s Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division

Berkeley Lab materials sciences researcher will oversees five departments in the division, part of the College of Letters & Sciences. More>

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