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For Laser Inventor Charles Townes, a Festive 99th Birthday

UC Berkeley Nobelist Charles H. Townes drew a crowd of more than 500 admirers to Faculty Glade as the campus wished him a happy 99th birthday. Accompanied by his wife, Frances, 98, and his three daughters, Townes, the inventor of the laser, was presented with the Chancellor’s Citation. More>

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Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

A team of researchers led by Materials Sciences Director Xiang Zhang has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor to detect incredibly minute concentrations of explosives. The researchers noted that the sensor could potentially be used to sniff out a hard-to-detect explosive popular among terrorists. More>

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Lab Researchers Named Fellows for Campus Data Institute

The Berkeley Institute for Data Science has introduced its founding fellows, including Lab researchers Daniela Ushizima, Deborah Agarwal, E. Wes Bethel, Peter Nugent, Saul Perlmutter, David Schlegel, James Sethian, Kimmen Sjölander, Kyle Barbary, Beth Reid, and David Culler. Go here to view the complete list.

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RadWatch Brings Near Real-Time Radiation Data to the Public

Nuclear Sciences’ Kai Vetter leads project to provide online access to info on environmental radiation to help demystify a misunderstood subject. More>

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Frances Hellman Appointed Dean of UC Berkeley’s Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division

Berkeley Lab materials sciences researcher will oversees five departments in the division, part of the College of Letters & Sciences. More>

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EFRC’s Affiliated With Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley Receive DOE Funding

Centers for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2 (Berkeley Lab) and Gas Separations Relevant to Clean Energy Technologies (UC Berkeley) part of $100 million grant. More>

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Once-a-Century Bloom on Display at UC Botanical Garden

Classes offered from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. More>

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Tobacco Gets a Makeover as New Source for Biofuel

KQED’s ‘QUEST’ highlights research program that includes Lab scientists. More>

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Lab’s Javey and Chang on Short List for Prestigeous Blavatnik Awards

Finalists were selected from a field of 300 nominees, all faculty-rank researchers aged 42 or younger from leading U.S. academic and research institutions. More>

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Gadgil Among Speakers at Talk on Encouraging Youngsters to Explore Science

Join Danielle Feinberg of Pixar, UC Berkeley biology professor Robert Full, and Berkeley Lab’s own Ashok Gadgil at the Lawrence Hall of Science as they discuss the importance of encouraging young people to explore, invent, and become scientifically literate. The event takes place Wednesday, May 28, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. More>

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