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TABL Retires; Elements Is New Lab Employee Communications Platform

Elements is available via mobile app, desktop, and email. Those who sign up can select the categories of news they are most interested in, share posts with their colleagues, and receive important alerts and broadcasts. To start using Elements, download the app (search for “Berkeley Lab Elements” in the app stores), or visit elements.lbl.gov. More>

Today at Berkeley Lab Retires; the Elements Era Begins

Nearly 16 years after its debut on Feb. 3, 2003, the Lab’s online newsletter Today at Berkeley Lab (aka TABL) is retiring this week to make way for Elements, the Lab’s new employee news platform. TABL follows a long history of Lab newsletters, starting with the Radiation Laboratory Bulletin, followed by The Magnet, and then Currents and The View. More>

CSD’s Hartwig Awarded Wolf Prize in Chemistry

John Hartwig, head of the Catalysis and Chemical Transformations Program in the Chemical Sciences Division and professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, has been awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry for the development of efficient transition-metal catalysts that have revolutionized drug manufacturing. More>

Launching an Accessible Archive of Environmental Data

A new archive, called Environmental Systems Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE), preserves, expands access to, and improves usability of data from DOE’s research in terrestrial and subsurface environments. The ESS-DIVE team consists of computer scientists, environmental scientists, and digital librarians from Berkeley Lab and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. More>

Employee Discount for Jan. 31 Berkeley Symphony Concert

Special rates are available for the Berkeley Symphony upcoming concert “Britten and Bernstein” on Thursday Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. in UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. Lab employees can purchase $20 tickets (front and rear orchestra) using code LABGRAD20 and $10 tickets (rear balcony) using code LABGRAD10. Purchase here or call (510) 841-2800, ext. 1. This offer is sponsored by the Lab’s Postdoc Association.

When Stars Collide: 3D Computer Simulation Captures Cosmic Event

Using supercomputing resources at NERSC, an international team has captured the collision of two neutron stars in a 3D computer model for the first time. Their research has led to a better understanding of the cosmic collision, showing how heavy elements like lead and gold are created and accounting for a phenomenon missing in other models. More>

North End of Gayley Road Closed on Jan. 18

Gayley Road between Hearst Ave. and Stadium Rim Way will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, to remove a fallen tree. Lab commuters heading north on Gayley Road can turn right (east) on Stadium Rim Way, then left on Centennial Drive to reach Grizzly (before 10 a.m.) or Strawberry Gates.

‘Stigma-Free UC’ Hosts Jan. 24 Webinar on Reducing Mental Health Stigma

The University of California’s “Stigma-Free UC” program will present an online discussion on the importance of starting conversations about mental health. The webinar — led by Yenar Balan, director of behavioral health for Kaiser Permanente Northern California — runs from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Jan. 24. More>

New Wellness Offering From Health Services: Know Your Numbers

The Lab’s Health Services is launching a new wellness program called “Know Your Numbers.” With a simple finger stick, Lab staff can receive information on their cholesterol and blood sugar. Blood pressure, height/weight, and BMI will also be measured to provide a personal health snapshot. For best results, fasting is recommended. The total process takes about 15 minutes. Sign up here. View flyer here.

‘Elements’ Launches Jan. 22; Today at Berkeley Lab’s Last Day is Jan. 18

Elements provides news via mobile app, desktop, and email. Those who sign up can select the categories of news they are most interested in, share posts with their colleagues, and receive critical alerts and broadcasts. To start using Elements, download the app (search for “Berkeley Lab Elements” in the app stores), or visit elements.lbl.gov. To learn more, stop by an information session, or go here.