Today at Berkeley Lab

Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox to Speak on Transgender Issues

The event is part of UC Berkeley’s Campus Climate Speaker Series. In addition to acting, Cox is a documentary filmmaker and outspoken advocate for equal rights. The Dec. 2 talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Pauley Ballroom. More>

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Find Fun Science Gifts at Lawrence Hall of Science

The museum’s Discovery Corner Store features all kinds of gifts for kids and adults, from beautifully designed floor puzzles, to sophisticated programming tools. All proceeds benefit the Hall’s exhibits and education programs. More>

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Nov. 10 Info Session for LAUNCH Start-Up Competition

Applications are due Dec. 4 for LAUNCH, UC’s leading accelerator focused on transforming promising startups into scalable businesses. Go here for eligibility requirements. The information session starts at 11:15 a.m., in Wells Fargo Room of the Haas School of Business.

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Campus Hosts Nov. 5 Talk on ‘LHC Run 2: Why It Matters’

The event will feature Lab researchers Beate Heinemann, who will discuss what has been done at the LHC, and Hitoshi Murayama, who will cover what is to be expected from the LHC. The talk begins at 5:30 p.m. and takes place in the Chevron Auditorium in the International House. More>

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ETA Researchers Discuss Alternative Food Production Via Webinar

The webinar will explore the value of a “food machine,” e.g., a technology that could quickly and reliably convert inedible material such as carbon dioxide and water, fossil fuels, or plant fiber, into something with human nutritional value. Speakers include Jeff Greenblatt and Hanna Breunig of the Energy Technologies Area. The webinar takes place Nov. 2 at 9 a.m.

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UC Berkeley Breakthrough Prize Symposium, Panel Discussion on Nov. 9

The symposium will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brower Center, and includes several Lab speakers. The panel discussion runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall and features Breakthrough Prize winners, including Berkeley Lab’s Jennifer Doudna and Saul Perlmutter. Registration is required. More>

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DOE Selects Berkeley Researchers to Lead U.S.-China Energy and Water Consortium

Berkeley Lab, in partnership with UC Berkeley and UC Irvine, is part of a new, five-year, multi-million dollar international research consortium that tackles water-related aspects of energy production and use. The consortium is called the Clean Energy Research Center for Water Energy Technologies (CERC-WET) and is led by Ashok Gadgil. More>

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New Research Institute Will Explore Brain’s Extraordinary Changeability

The Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience, based at UC San Francisco, will focus on gaining a deeper understanding of plasticity, the brain’s remarkable capacity to modify its own structure and function. The institute’s initial members have been drawn from UC Berkeley as well as Berkeley Lab and Livermore Lab. More>

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MSRI Hosts ‘Theory of Neural Computation’ Workshop, Oct. 5-7

The theme of this workshop is on bringing theory into the study of neural networks — those in brains and those in machines. We will soon have the capability to monitor activity and structure in the brain at unprecedented scales, but what will these data tell us? More>

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UC Berkeley Retirement Center Offers Free Courses

A pre-retirement planning course takes place Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14 and 23, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Sept. 25. A separate three-part workshop on “Designing Your Future Self: Life After UC” will be held Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and 12 (same time) in 150 University Hall. Registration deadline is Oct. 20.

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