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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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Compact CRISPR Systems Found in Some of World’s Smallest Microbes

Berkeley scientists — including the Lab’s Jennifer Doudna and Jillian Banfield —have discovered simple CRISPR systems similar to CRISPR-Cas9 — a gene-editing tool that has revolutionized biology — in previously unexplored bacteria that have eluded efforts to grow them in the laboratory. More>

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Matter of Degrees: How Hot It Gets Still Depends on Us

In this article about climate change that appeared in UC Berkeley’s alumni magazine “California,” the author interviews Lab researchers Inez Fung, who explores how CO2 circulates through the planet’s oceans and land-based ecologies, and Jeffrey Long, who creates MOFs, which could become a crucial tool for capturing CO2 emissions at the source. More>

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Curriculum Development Hackathon for Jupyter Notebooks Jan. 9 to 11

Data Carpentry is organizing a three-day, hands-on hackathon aimed at developing, and later teaching, a short-course curriculum on using Jupyter notebooks for reproducible research practices. The event will be held Jan. 9 to 11 at the UC Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS). More>

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Campus Construction on Gayley Road to Impact Traffic Nov. 16

Gayley Road, near the intersection with Stadium Rim Way, will be reduced to one lane, with two-way traffic directed by flaggers from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect delays and consider alternate routes.

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Campus Hosts Cleantech-to-Market Presentations on Dec. 2

Learn about emerging cleantech solutions from Caltech, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Berkeley Lab. For the first time in C2M’s history, all participants are existing start-ups, including five from Cyclotron Road. The event includes a networking reception with faculty, students, scientists, and energy industry professionals. Go here for more info and to register.

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Lab Researchers Invited to Pitch Their Startup to Investors

Apply by Nov. 9 for an opportunity to pitch your startup to and network with top Silicon Valley investors on their turf at VC Connect, Dec. 1, in Menlo Park. Startups founded by Berkeley Lab researchers and UC Berkeley students/alumni are eligible. Presented by the Haas Venture Fellows, Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association, and UC Berkeley’s innovation hubs.

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