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Archives for November 2017

Lab Launches Early Career Development LDRDs, and Early Career Enrichment Program

Berkeley Lab is launching two efforts to help early career scientists further their research at the Lab, and to bring together a diverse group of scientists at a formative state in their careers. More>

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New Catalyst Gives Artificial Photosynthesis a Big Boost

A research team including Berkeley Lab scientists has created a new catalyst on the path toward artificial photosynthesis – a system that would use renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide into stored chemical energy. More>

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Cyber Security: Important Apple OSX Patch Released

As widely reported, a critical vulnerability was found in Apple OSX High Sierra on Nov 28. Apple has released a patch for the vulnerability, and it is important that you apply this patch to protect your computer and data. More details, including instructions on how to patch, can be found here.

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Watching a Quantum Material Lose Its Stripes

In quantum materials, periodic stripe patterns can be formed by electrons coupled with lattice distortions. To capture the extremely fast dynamics of how such atomic-scale stripes melt and form, Berkeley Lab scientists used femtosecond-scale laser pulses at terahertz frequencies. Along the way, they found some unexpected behavior. More>

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Lab-Wide Rapid Mass Evacuation Drill to Be Held Dec. 19

As the recent North Bay fires demonstrated, the ability to safely evacuate an impacted area in a time-sensitive manner is critically important. To this end, the Lab’s Emergency Management Team will conduct a rapid mass evacuation drill on Tuesday, Dec. 19, starting at 2:30 p.m. Go here for more information, including how personnel in each zone will be asked to participate. Questions? Contact [email protected].

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Director’s Achievement Awards Ceremony Nov. 30

The Director’s Achievement Awards ceremony will take place Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. All staff are invited. It will be streamed live. Carl Haber and Richard Russo received the Berkeley Lab Prize – Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards were also given for Science, Early Scientific Career, Safety, Service, Tech Transfer, Operations, Outreach, Diversity, Societal Impact, and the Berkeley Lab Citation. More>

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Limited Blackberry Gate Access Saturday, Dec. 9

The portion of Chu Road from Blackberry Gate to the Bldg. 65 driveway will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., for equipment installation at Shyh Wang Hall (Bldg. 59). Only Bldg. 88 occupants may use Blackberry Gate to access Bldg. 88, and Bldg. 88 cannot be approached from uphill. All other Lab employees should use Strawberry Gate. Contact Jim Haslam (ext. 6332) with questions. More>

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Solid-State Magnesium Battery a Big Step Closer

Gerd Ceder calls it a “holy grail” for batteries, and now a team he led for the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) has gotten closer: They discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, a major step toward making solid-state magnesium-ion batteries that are both energy dense and safe. More>

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Mark Asta Appointed Materials Sciences Division Director

After an international search, Mark Asta has been named Materials Sciences Division Director. His new appointment will begin on Jan. 1, 2018. For the past seven years, Asta has served as a faculty scientist in the Materials Sciences Division. He is also a professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at UC Berkeley, and since 2012, has served as MSE Department Chair. More>

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IEEE Awards for Yablonovitch and Budinger

Materials scientist Eli Yablonovitch received the Edison Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his work in photonics, semiconductor lasers, and solar cells. Bioscientist Thomas Budinger received the Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology for his pioneering contributions to tomographic radiotracer imaging. Go here to read more about the IEEE Awards.

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