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Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) Hosts Annual Summit

Join clean tech entrepreneurs, policy makers and industry leaders to network and discuss the world’s most pressing energy challenges at the BERC Energy Summit, Feb.23-24, at UC Berkeley. Topics include energy policy, green jobs, self-driving technology, and other clean tech efforts. A pitch contest and innovation expo will kick off the event. More>

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A Chain Reaction to Spare the Air

Last year, materials scientist Jeff Long devised a new material that captures and releases CO2 at a lower temperature and in greater volume than current technologies. He’s now working to synthesize the new material at a large scale, to render it into pellet form, and confirm its increased CO2 capture performance under realistic conditions. More>

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Lab Faculty Invited to Submit Preproposals for IGI Projects

The Innovative Genomics Institute is offering funding for new research projects related to genomic engineering. Faculty members are invited to submit brief preproposals on topics including agriculture, microbiology, crosscutting technologies, and social science. Deadline is March 10. Full details are available here. For questions, contact Susan Jenkins.

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CZ Biohub Awards Nearly $14.5 Million to Berkeley Researchers

Michel Maharbiz (Biosciences) is among 47 new investigators chosen by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to receive up to $1.5 million each to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research — with no strings attached. CZ Biohub seeks to foster unconventional scientific exploration and encourage researchers to invent new tools to accelerate the pace of discovery. More>

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Lab Researchers Invited to UC Berkeley’s ‘I Love Data’ Week

The campus’ University Library and the Research Data Management program invite researchers to attend a set of trainings from Feb. 14 to 16. The sessions will show researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Registration required. More>

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A New Form of Matter Unveiled…Time Crystals

If crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space, can they also have a structure that repeats in time? That is, a time crystal? In a recent study, Norman Yao (Materials Sciences) describes how to make and measure the properties of such a crystal, and even predicts what the various phases surrounding the time crystal should be, like the liquid and gas phases of ice. More>

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Green Science Institute Hosts Conference on Flame Retardant Dilemma

What do Teflon frying pans, Goretex jackets, and pizza boxes have in common? They are among the consumer products that still contain toxic flame retardants. Learn more at the “Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond Symposium” on Feb. 10 at UC Berkeley. Among the event organizers is Don Lucas of the Energy Technologies Area. More>

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Foundry Scientist Teresa Williams Featured in GradNews

The article chronicles the Molecular Foundry’s Teresa Williams and her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Applied Science and Technology. She is using the Lab’s Tuition Assistance Program to pay for her education. The article was written by Laleh Coté of the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education office. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. at Cal. More>

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UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Course

The UC Retirement Center hosts a four-week, pre-retirement planning course on Wednesdays, Feb. 8 to March 1, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Also offered is a series of workshops on long-term care and estate planning (including a legal clinic) on April 6, 13, 20 and May 11.

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Lab Researchers Among Those Named Bakar Fellows

UC Berkeley’s Bakar Fellows Program fosters faculty entrepreneurship in the STEM+ fields. Fellows receive support to translate their discoveries into commercial solutions. Among the newest fellows are the Lab’s James Hurly of the Biosciences Area, and Ali Javey, Jeff Long, and Jie Yao of the Energy Sciences Area. More>

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