Today at Berkeley Lab

Workshop on ‘Designing Your Future Self: Life After Full-Time Work’

This two-part workshop is aimed at active UC staff who are several years out from retiring. The series will help participants design a plan for post “full-time work” life using interactive self-assessments to help develop their own personal ‘next chapters’. The workshop takes place Oct. 14 and 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in 150 University Hall on campus. Send e-mail here to register.

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Richard Muller’s New Book Links Flow of Time With Big Bang

A simple question from his wife, “Does physics really allow people to travel back in time?” propelled Lab physicist Richard Muller on a quest to resolve a fundamental problem that had puzzled him throughout his 45-year career: Why does the arrow of time flow inexorably toward the future, constantly creating new “nows”? That quest resulted in his new book “Now: The Physics of Time.” More>

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Oct. 3 Campus Talk on Exploring the Universe With Gravitational Waves

Rainer Weiss of MIT and LIGO will describe some of the difficult history of gravitational waves proposed exactly 100 years ago. The concepts used in the instruments and the methods for data analysis that enable the measurement of gravitational wave strains of 10-21 and smaller will be presented. The talk begins at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 in UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium. More>

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Nobel Prize Winner, World-Class Biophysicist to Join Lab, UC Berkeley

Chemistry Nobelist Eric Betzig (pictured) and world-class biophysicist Na Ji will join Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley in the summer of 2017. They will serve as faculty scientists in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division of the Biosciences Area. More>

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UC Berkeley Big Ideas Contest Underway; Energy Alternatives Proposals Sought

Big Ideas teams are asked to submit proposals which encourage the adoption of energy and resource alternatives that are sustainable and have the potential for broad impact. Up to $300K in prizes are available for graduate and undergraduate students. More>

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UC Berkeley Student Receives Rosenfeld Fellowship

The fellowship honors the contributions of the Lab’s Art Rosenfeld for his pioneering work toward the advancement of global energy efficiency. Graduate student Nkiruka Avila plans to use the award to fuel her research on unreliable power grids in Nigeria. More>

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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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