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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>

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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>

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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.

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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>

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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.

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‘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>

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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.

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‘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.

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Introducing the Urban Systems Group

A new research team at Berkeley Lab brings together a multidisciplinary group of experts to explore ways to make our cities more efficient. The Urban Systems group will focus on buildings and their interactions with the urban environment. The group is part of the Building Technology & Urban Systems Division in Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area. More>

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IT Division Offers Free Python Fundamentals Four-Part Series

This interactive workshop series is a complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic programming principles and data manipulation to a real-world social science application. Courses will be taught by D-Lab on the UC Berkeley campus. To register, go here.

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