Today at Berkeley Lab

Q&A with Kai Vetter on His Institute for Resilient Communities

Vetter, with the Nuclear Science Division, is a frequent visitor to the Fukushima Prefecture, site of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. He founded the Institute for Resilient Communities to help authorities better communicate critical scientific information following disasters. Chemical Sciences’ Rebecca Abergel is the institute’s deputy director. More>

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Campus Hosts June 14 Symposium on Oxygenic Photosynthesis

A panel of speakers — including Junko Yano of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis — will look at the environmental implications of carbon fixation, policy measures for mitigating the effects of carbon emissions, and engineering approaches to using photosynthesis for climate remediation. More>

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Summer Concerts at the Botanical Garden

The garden hosts concerts in the Redwood Grove on Thursdays, June through August, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 and include entrance to the garden (before 5 p.m. closing time). Shows tend to sell out so early purchase is encouraged. The first concert on June 1 features Inspector Gadje. More>

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Berkeley Public Schools Fund Honors Biosciences’ Mary Wildermuth

Wildermuth was recently honored at the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Spring Luncheon for her contributions. Wildermuth developed “Be a Scientist,” a seventh-grade program that matches 200 UC Berkeley science mentors with individual students at Berkeley’s three middle schools to help them learn about scientific inquiry and investigation. The Lab is a longtime luncheon sponsor.

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Reminder on Commencement Season and Traffic

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

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Former Rad Lab Researcher Harold Weaver Dies at Age 99

Weaver, a pioneer of radio astronomy who discovered the first microwave laser, passed away on April 26. A UC Berkeley professor emeritus, Weaver worked on isotope separation at the “Rad Lab,” Berkeley Lab’s predecessor on campus, as part of the Manhattan Project. More>

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UC Berkeley Hispanic Engineers & Scientists Meet Lab Staff

Berkeley Lab’s Protocol Office recently hosted the undergraduate academic group “Hispanic Engineers and Scientists of UC Berkeley.” Eleven students from the organization visited the Lab, where they met with staff members in both the science and operations areas. More>

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Lab Researchers to Speak at UC Berkeley’s Cal Future Forum

The May 12 forum will explore responses to the global impacts of human activity. Speakers will provide a synopsis of the state of the planet, the challenges faced, and solutions being developed. Lab participants include David Ackerly, Bill Collins, Inez Fung, Ashok Gadgil, Mary Ann Piette, and Ravi Prasher. More>

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UC Berkeley’s ‘Cal Day’ Open House is April 22

The organizers of Cal Day — UC Berkeley’s free annual public open house — invite the public to explore the question “What will you change in this generation?” through the more than 400 events that will showcase Berkeley and its impact on the world. More>

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Scientists Pull Water Out of Thin Air

Berkeley and MIT scientists have demonstrated breakthrough technology capable of generating liters of water out of dry air using the power of the sun. The development is a major step toward a future of personal, off-grid sources of water. More>

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