Today at Berkeley Lab

Revealing the Role of Microbes in Controlling Contaminants

In Rifle, Colorado, earth scientist Kenneth Hurst Williams highlights the role subsurface microbial communities can play in controlling the flow of contaminants in groundwater. The Joint Genome Institute is a key collaborator in the research. More>

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Science at the Theater Audience Votes on Most-Urgent Science Questions

If you missed the March 23 Science at the Theater, then here’s a chance to catch the presentation. Scientists discussed the big questions that spurred their research, then audience members voted on which question science should answer first. Go here to find out how the polling turned out.

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Director’s State of the Lab Address Now Available Online

At the gathering last week, Paul Alivisatos announced he was stepping down and discussed the development of a new proposal to upgrade the Advanced Light Source, the establishment by UC of the Berkeley Lab Foundation, and the formation of a new Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, among other topics. Go here to view the presentation.

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Opsin Protein Could Aid Studies of Brain, Central Nervous System

Ehud Isacoff led a team that discovered a light-sensitive opsin protein that plays a surprising and possibly critical role in neuron maturation and circuit formation. This discovery could lead to a potentially powerful new tool in the on-going search for a better understanding of how the brain and central nervous system develop. More>

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Lab Nuclear Scientist Explains How Physicists Replicate the Big Bang

In a short video, Peter Jacobs discusses the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. ALICE creates an unusual type of matter called quark-gluon plasma, similar to the matter that dominated the universe just microseconds after the Big Bang. Read more about Jacobs and the upcoming LHC restart here.

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Jennifer Doudna on Importance of Women Pursuing STEM Fields

Jennifer Doudna, scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division, chatted with Huffington Post Live while at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland about how important it is for women to pursue careers in STEM fields. “I think that for a lot of women there’s a subtle but unfortunately effective discouragement of women pursuing the STEM fields,” she said. More>

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‘Ask Berkeley Lab’ Question on the Future of Batteries is Answered

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Public Affairs Launches New ‘Who We Are’ Lab Video

Narrated by the legendary Peter Coyote, the video attempts to capture the Lab’s “spirit, purpose, and distinction.” The piece is the first in a planned series of “on brand” videos designed to explain and excite audiences about the people and science that make Berkeley Lab unique. More>

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KQED Shines Career Spotlight on ETA’s Vi Rapp

Vi Rapp is a research scientist with the Lab’s Energy Technologies Area. She has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and focuses her research on improving combustion systems. One aspect of her work is designing cleaner, more efficient cookstoves. More>

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Latest ‘Genome-to-Watershed’ Video Looks at Microorganisms

The third installment of the video “trilogy” related to the DOE–BER Genome-to-Watershed Scientific Focus Area (SFA) 2.0 project, entitled “SFA 2.0-Metabolic Potential,” describes the powerful influence of metabolic potential—the collective metabolic capabilities of subsurface microbial communities. More>

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