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Archives for February 2018

Strategies for Replacing Natural Gas to Help Decarbonize UC

To help the University of California meet its Carbon Neutrality Initiative goals, a team led by Alan Meier has released a report that suggests replacing natural gas with climate-friendlier options to help UC to become carbon neutral by 2025. The report is accompanied by a paper in Nature Climate Change. Both are part of the TomKat Carbon Neutrality Project. More>

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EESA Studies Microbe Activity in Arctic Permafrost

New research from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area explores the impact of a changing climate on Arctic ecosystems with permanently frozen soils. Neslihan Taş, a microbial ecologist, set out to learn more about how soil microbes can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions under a warming climate. Her team collaborated with the Joint Genome Institute. More>

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DOE Highlights Research by National Labs in ’75 Breakthroughs’ Publication

Discovery and innovations at U.S. national labs have had a profound and positive impact on the lives of millions. The Department of Energy honors that work with its newly launched “75 Breakthroughs” compendium. It chronicles some of the national labs’ top scientific achievements. Follow @BerkeleyLab on Twitter to track the Lab’s contributions. More>

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‘Keeping an Open Mind’ Videos, Inclusion Challenge Now Available

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office has launched a Lab-wide program called “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation.” Each month features a new inclusion theme. March’s topic is “An Open Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste.” As part of the program, staff are invited to watch a series of videos associated with this theme, then join a conversation challenge. More>

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Free Online Workshop on GPU Programming Using OpenACC

OpenACC supports quick development of GPU-capable codes using standard languages and compilers. This workshop offers a hands-on tutorial on OpenACC for machine learning or other GPU applications. Participants should have knowledge of C or Fortran programming. The online course takes place March 6, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Building 54-130B. Register by March 4.

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Instrumentation Colloquium on 3-D Single Digit Nanofabrication

Stefano Cabrini, director of the Nanofabrication Facility at the Molecular Foundry, will speak on “3-D Single Digit Nanofabrication: Organization of Nanostructure With Dimensions Below 10nm” on Feb. 28, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Director Witherell Meets With Governor Brown

Director Witherell recently joined directors of California’s DOE and NASA labs in a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown. They discussed an array of topics including clean energy, climate, and water. Witherell and Associate Lab Director Susan Hubbard also met with Sen. Nancy Skinner, Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, Cal-EPA Secretary Matt Rodriguez, and others.

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‘Magic Pools’ Approach Accelerates Study of Novel Bacteria

To characterize the functions of genes in newly discovered bacteria, scientists introduce mutations using mobile DNA snippets, called transposons, delivered via a vector. But finding an effective transposon mutagenesis system for a novel microorganism through trial and error can be time consuming and expensive. Researchers have now streamlined the process. More>

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JGI Helps to Find Out How Dry Rot Fungi Adapted to Indoor Habitats

The brown rot Serpula lacrymans is typically found in in boreal forests. As trees were harvested for construction, the dry rot fungus migrated indoors and across borders, adapting to man-made environments. A team including Joint Genome Institute researchers used genome comparisons to better understand how Serpula lacrymans has become an ecological specialist. More>

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Equipment Available to Safely Lift or Carry Heavy, Awkward Items

The EHS Ergonomics Program has two pieces of material-handling equipment that make it safe and easy to lift heavy or awkward items. The equipment can be borrowed for up to two weeks. Download an informational poster here. Contact [email protected] for more details. More>

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