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Archives for July 2015

Lab Leads Subsurface Science & Technology Exhibit at National Lab Day

The Earth Science Division played a significant role in leading the preparation of the Subsurface Science and Technology exhibit, with 11 other national labs, at the recent National Lab Day held in Washington D.C. The event helps explain to congress the impact of science conducted by the National Laboratory System. More>

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Unearthing Cornerstones in Root Microbiomes

A plant’s immune system can distinguish between friends and foes among microbes, and upon detecting pathogens, can activate a defensive response. In a study, a team including Joint Genome scientists looked at roles of three phytohormones in controlling the composition of the root microbiome in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. More>

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Pipetting Techniques Brown Bag on August 4

The EHS Ergo Team is hosting an interactive session on pipetting techniques. This session will provide tips for improving accuracy, precision, and consistency while pipetting. The event takes place Tuesday, August 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. Contact [email protected] for further information. More>

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UC Releases 2014 Annual Report on Employee Compensation

The data can be viewed by occupational group or fund source, and includes facts about faculty compensation. The university discloses this information as part of their commitment to being transparent and publicly accountable. Copies are available by request. More>

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Meet the High-Performance Single-Molecule Diode

Jeff Neaton of the Molecular Foundry helped lead a team of researchers that created the world’s highest-performance single-molecule diode, the component of an electric circuit that controls the directional flow of current. Development of functional single-molecule diode is a major pursuit of the electronics industry. More>

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Susan Celniker Creates STEM Fund in Her Father’s Memory

When Life Sciences Division Science Deputy Sue Celniker’s father passed away recently, she felt that there could be no more fitting tribute to his dedication to science and engineering and his firm support of women in STEM than to set up a fund in his name: the Leo Celniker Fund for Women in Science. More>

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Summer Student’s Safrzone App Speaks up for Safety of Women and Girls

Sartaj Singh Baveja, a summer student working for ESnet, has helped develop an award-winning Android app at a recent hackathon. Named “Safrzone,” the app is designed to help improve safety for women and girls. Anyone can use this application to report any women-related incident that one witnesses. More>

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New Researcher Access to IPO Records

The Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO) has launched its secure Innovation Portal enabling Lab researchers, division support staff and leaders to view the status of invention disclosures, patent applications and agreements handled by IPO. To log in and learn more, go here. Attend a Thursday, August 6, brown bag session at noon, in Perseverance Hall.

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Shortest Wavelength Plasmons Ever in Single Walled Nanotubes

Feng Wang, of the Materials Sciences Division and Kavli ENSI, lead a team of researchers at the Advanced Light Source that observed “Luttinger-liquid” plasmons in metallic single-walled nanotubes. This holds great promise for novel plasmonic and nanophotonic devices over a broad frequency range, including telecom wavelengths. More>

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Free ‘SciPhD’ Postdoc Bootcamp on Excelling in Team-Based Organizations

This two-day program (August 22 and 23) at the Clark Kerr Center focuses on the skills industry demands in order to be successful in entry-level positions and prepare participants for a leadership role in their professional career. The camp is free but a $100 deposit is required and will be returned upon completion. Go here to register. More>

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