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Archives for December 2012

Map Shows Global Reach of Lab’s Carbon Sequestration Research

At the southern tip of Australia, Berkeley Lab scientists are helping to verify that depleted natural gas reservoirs can be repurposed for use as geologic carbon sequestration sites. In Mississippi, they’re exploring whether it’s possible to produce electricity from the Earth’s heat using CO2, as well as store some of the CO2 permanently underground. Many other geologic carbon sequestration projects are underway around the world. But where are they? Now, thanks to a searchable map, you can check out all of the past, present, and planned geologic carbon sequestration projects that Berkeley Lab scientists are involved in around the globe. More>

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Tips on Dealing With a Shooter In The Workplace

Nobody wants to consider the realities of a shooter in the workplace, but as last week’s event in Connecticut demonstrated, it can happen even in what you think is a secure environment, much like our Lab. An informational video, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, offers helpful tips in dealing with a shooter in the workplace. The University of California Police Department also has a checklist addressing the same scenario. Take the time to review these resources.

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Fire Alarm Testing at Lab From Dec. 26 to 31

The Lab’s Fire Alarm crew will be performing audible and visual testing at all Lab Buildings (except 23 and 74) from Dec. 26 to 31, from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Testing should not take any longer than two hours in each building. Signs will be posted at all entrances and exits. Crews will not enter any off-limit areas without proper personnel present. For more information, contact Kent Largent (x5080).

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Let Your Voice be Heard: Lab Launches Workplace Environment Survey in January

UC Office of the President is sponsoring a UC system-wide workplace environment survey, which provides employees with an opportunity to describe their own personal experiences and observations, and to offer suggestions for change that might enhance the workplace environment. The data will be used to identify strategies for addressing potential challenges and supporting positive diversity initiatives. More information will be available in January. An overview of the workplace environment survey is available here. The Berkley Lab survey will open on Jan. 15, and will close on Feb. 5.

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NERSC Helps Develop the Next-Generation of Batteries

As part of DOE’s new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, researchers will use NERSC resources to predict the properties of electrolytes. When the center is up and running, collaborators will be able to combine their results with the existing Materials Project to get a complete scope of battery components. Together these tools allow researchers to employ a systematic and predictive approach to battery design. Berkeley Lab is a major contributor to this collaboration and will be leading the computational modeling effort. More>

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Assembling the First Detector Units of the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR

On Dec. 6, working nearly a mile underground in the cleanest space in South Dakota, Ryan Martin of Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division (NSD) assembled the first of 70 detector units for the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR experiment. Each unit consists of a polished slice of pure germanium crystal the size of a hockey puck, attached to an electronics board on a wafer-thin disk of fused silica. More>

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ALS Scientist Wins Innovation Award for Synchrotron Radiation

Paul Emma of the Advanced Light Source has been awarded the Innovation Award on Synchrotron Radiation with Gianluca Geloni, Vitali Kocharyan, and Evgeni Saldin of the German Electron Synchrotron and the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser. In 2010 Geloni, Kocharyan, and Saldin proposed the technique of self-seeding, which narrows the frequency and amplifies the intensity of x-ray pulses. Emma’s group at SLAC demonstrated it shortly thereafter at the Linac Coherent Light Source. In 2011 Emma joined Berkeley Lab to work on the Next Generation Light Source. The Innovation Award was presented by the Association of Friends of Helmholtz-Zentrum in Berlin on Dec. 13. More>

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David Schlegel Inaugurates the redOrbit Podcast Series

RedOrbit, a website founded 10 years ago to what it calls an underserved public hungry for news of space, science, technology, and related fields, has just premiered a series of interviews with leading scientists about cutting-edge research in everything from space travel to the origins of the universe. Who better to inaugurate the series than the Physics Division’s David Schlegel, principal investigator of the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), who talks with redOrbit resident astronomer John Millis about how the discovery of dark energy surprised the cosmology community and the ongoing search to find out what it could be. Go here for the podcast.

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Winners of Photo Club’s ‘Holiday’ Theme Contest Selected

Each month, the Lab’s Photo Club selects a theme for its members to capture in images. Members are then invited to submit three photos, and all members can participate in the selection of the top three photographs that best embody the theme. The theme for December was “Holiday” and the winners are Daniel Parks (Advanced Light Source) for “Christmas Bears 2012,” John Christensen (Earth Sciences) for “Neiman Marcus Christmas Tree,” and Alex Friedman (AFRD) for “Deacon Dave’s House of the Dove.” For more information on the Photo Club, contact John Christensen or Steve Kessler. Go here to view the winning images.

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Amended Copyright Agreement Required for Elsevier Journals

Due to a copyright agreement between Elsevier and DOE, Berkeley Lab authors must email [email protected] and request an amended copyright agreement as soon as their manuscript has been accepted for publication in an Elsevier journal. Elsevier journals include Cancer Cell, Applied Catalysis, Biomass and Bioenergy, Spectrochimica Acta and Journal of Magnetic Resonance among many others. More>

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