Today at Berkeley Lab

UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Course

The four-week course will be held Sept. 14, 21, 28, and Oct. 7, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Also offered is a two-part series “Designing Your Future Self: Life After Full-time Work” on Oct. 14 and 21. E-mail ucbrc@berkeley.edu or phone 642-5461 to register.

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Aug. 26 ‘Social Media for Scientists’ Seminar on Campus

Sarah Mojarad of Caltech will discuss how a deeper understanding of social media concepts helped her science students improve their ability to communicate discoveries and research. Her talk runs from 2-3 p.m. in 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, and is sponsored by the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute. More>

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When Targeting Cancer Genes, Zero in on the One Percent

UC Berkeley researchers have found a promising new drug target within the pathway that controls production of a cell’s thousands of proteins. That is appealing, in part, because it appears to control production of only a few percent of the body’s many proteins, those critical to regulating the growth and proliferation of cells. Jamie Cate of the Biosciences Area led the study. More>

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The Bloody Battle Against Aging

By examining the chemical makeup of young blood, bioengineers, including David Schaffer of the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, have discovered a drug that could turn back the age clock. More>

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Startup Converts Exhaust Heat into Clean, Renewable Power

CEO Matt Scullin co-founded startup Alphabet Energy in 2009 with Peidong Yang, materials science and chemistry professor at UC Berkeley and faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab. In a Berkeley Engineer magazine story, Alphabet was noted for “producing the most efficient thermoelectric devices ever made for waste-heat recovery.” More>

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Ignacio Tinoco’s 59 Years in Chemistry Profiled

Tinoco (an affiliate in the Biosciences Area) has been a pioneer in many fields, but he is most known for his invaluable contribution to the study of RNA folding. He has taught in UC Berkeley’s chemistry department for 59 years. More>

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New Cancer Treatments Come in Nano-Sized Packages

Brain tumors are protected by the brain-blood barrier — a series of defenses that protect the brain from toxic molecules, but also keep out cancer drugs that could kill the cancerous cells. To help cancer drugs access the tumor, the Lab’s Ting Xu is making tiny nanocarriers that protect the drugs during their journey to the tumor. More>

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Small Plane to Fly Over Campus and the Lab on July 9 and 10

The timing of the flights each day is weather dependent. Once they are airborne, the planes are expected to fly for approximately two hours. The plane is taking aerial photos to help U.C. Berkeley and the Lab create a new, highly detailed topographic map.

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Six-Week Mindfulness Course Offered by UC Berkeley August 25 to Sept. 29

The practice of mindfulness is receiving increasing scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve cognitive flexibility, foster relationship satisfaction, and promote health and well-being. The course (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) provides participants with the basic principles of mindfulness, as well as tools for developing and applying mindfulness in daily life. Registration is required.

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DoseNet Delivers Environmental Data as an Educational Tool

A network of radiation-monitoring devices — designed and engineered by UC Berkeley students working with Lab researchers — and a companion website and open-source code serve as educational and outreach tools for an international project called DoseNet that stretches from Northern California classrooms to a city hall in Japan. More>

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