Today at Berkeley Lab

Botanical Garden Hosts Fall Plant Sale on Sunday, Sept. 25

The sale runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the UC Botanical Garden. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide information on plants, particularly drought specific varieties. Due to limited parking, a shuttle will run from the Lawrence Hall of Science parking lot. More>

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Campus Hosts Sept. 14 Faculty Forum on the Societal Impact of Quantum Science

The forum will explore how advances in quantum mechanics have provided the ability to engineer, view, and control quantum, creating an opportunity to drive a second quantum revolution with deep technological, philosophical, and social impact. The event takes place Sept. 14 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall. Registration required. More>

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Nobelist Robert Grubbs Gives Sept. 7 Talk on Campus

SLAM (Science Leadership and Management) hosts a seminar with 2005 Nobel Laureate (Chemistry) and Caltech professor Robert Grubbs, who will speak on “The Joys and Perils of Translating Fundamental Science into Commercial Products.” The talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in 105 Stanley Hall (UC Berkeley). A reception takes place at 4:30 p.m. in the Stanley Hall B-Level Atrium. More>

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‘Bay Area Scientists in Schools’ Seeks Volunteers; Kick-Off Event on Sept. 30

Interested in helping local elementary schools get kids excited about science and engineering? Join UC and Lab scientists in volunteering for Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS), which seeks to foster scientific curiosity in kids and teachers through hands-on classroom experiences. A kick-off event takes place Friday, Sept. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in 775 Tan Hall. More>

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Laleh Coté’s Work at the Lab Highlighted in GradNews

Workforce Development & Education‘s Laleh Coté published a story in GradNews about her career path at Berkeley Lab, starting with her experiences as an intern for Gary Andersen. She is now a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, and received a NSF fellowship to conduct research in STEM education and learning. A message from the Dean of the Graduate Division followed the publication.

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SkyDeck Accelerator Encourages Proposals from Lab Researchers

SkyDeck — which combines Silicon Valley acceleration with University of California resources — gives startups the opportunity to launch and compete with industry leaders. SkyDeck has a large and active network of investors and hosts a Demo Day at the end of each session. To qualify, a team member must have a UCSF, UC Berkeley, or Berkeley Lab affiliation. Applications are due Sept. 23. More>

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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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