Students in the Cal Forestry Club are holding their annual Christmas tree sale through Dec. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, on the south side of Mulford Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. The trees are harvested in the Sierra foothills and priced at $6 per foot. The event is a fundraiser to help Forestry Club students pay for their trip to the national convention of the Society of American Foresters. Tree species include white fir, red fir, and incense cedar.
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The UC Botanical Garden, located just down the hill from the Lab’s Strawberry Gate, is hosting a holiday sale on its gift shop merchandise Friday, from 2 to 5 p.m. The event includes tastings, music, and a 10% discount off of purchases, which benefit the garden.
New work by researchers at UC Berkeley could soon transform the building blocks of modern electronics by making nanomagnetic switches a viable replacement for the conventional transistors found in all computers. Scientists exploited the special properties of the rare, heavy metal tantalum to make it happen. “This is a breakthrough in the push for low-powered computing,” says principal investigator and Berkeley Lab materials scientist Sayeef Salahuddin. More>
The American Cancer Society is once again sponsoring its Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 21. The program seeks to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit, which will reduce cancer risks from smoking. UC Berkeley hosting a Thursday Smokeout event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on upper Sproul Plaza. Those who turn in a pack of cigarettes will get a free Boudin turkey sandwich. Go here for additional smoking cessation resources from University Health Services, which are open to Lab employees.
In a world awash in data, UC Berkeley is meeting the flood head-on by establishing a new institute to support faculty, researchers and students in their efforts to mine this information in areas as diverse as astronomy and economics, genetics and demography. The Berkeley Institute for Data Science, to be housed in the campus’s central library building, is made possible by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. Berkeley Lab physicist Saul Perlmutter is director of the new institute. More>
Berkeley Lab Distinguished Scientist Mina Bissell is among those featured in famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s new film entitled “At Berkeley.” She is featured at 5:18 in the trailer above, which was filmed during her talk at the Lab’s 2010 Open House. The film will be shown locally at the Roxie Theater in San Francsico and the Elmwood Theater in Berkeley for one-week run starting Dec. 6. Check with the theaters for specific screening times. More>
Researchers, including Berkeley Lab astrophysicist Carl Pennypacker, have proposed a satellite that would serve as an advanced orbiting fire alarm, helping the Western U.S. extinguish wildfires before they burn out of control. The scientists have designed such a satellite using state-of-the-art sensors, written analysis software to minimize false alarms, and even given it a name – the Fire Urgency Estimator in Geosynchronous Orbit (FUEGO). More>
Berkeley Science Review, a science journal edited by UC Berkeley students, is hosting an event dedicated to the science of touch on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Brower Center. The event includes talks on the molecular basis of touch sensation, engineering touch sensation for robots, and communicating emotion through touch, as well as exhibits. Go here for more information and to purchase $5 tickets. The event is part of the Bay Area Science Festival.
A delegation from the German Research Foundation (DFG) will hold a workshop for researchers interested in establishing international collaborations with German universities and research institutions on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 330 Blum Hall (UC Berkeley campus). The event includes a luncheon for post-doctoral researchers. The workshop will cover how different DFG programs are structured, what the proposal and evaluation procedures look like, and how to make the most of potential research collaborations. Go here to register for the event and to sign up for individual consultations. Postdocs can go here to sign up for the luncheon.
Lab researchers are invited to submit poster abstracts for UC Berkeley’s first-ever microbiology retreat on Friday, Nov. 15. Among the scheduled speakers are John Coates and Janet Jansson, both with the Earth Sciences Division. Abstracts should be 300 words or less and submitted here by Friday, Nov. 1. The event is free, but registration is required. Priority will be given to those who submit abstracts. More>