Today at Berkeley Lab

Acrylic Tanks Provide Clear Window Into Dark Matter Detection

Scientists have a new window into the search for dark matter – an acrylic vessel that features a grouping of 12-foot-tall transparent tanks with 1-inch-thick walls. The tanks, which will surround a central detector for a nearly mile-deep experiment under construction in South Dakota called LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), will be filled with liquid that produces tiny flashes of light in some particle interactions. More>

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Three-Day Strike to Start Oct. 23; Shuttles, Gate Access to be Impacted

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) EX bargaining unit has notified the University of California of its intent to conduct a UC-system-wide strike next week. The strike is expected to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4 a.m. and end Friday, Oct. 26 at 3:59 a.m. At the Lab, gate restrictions and shuttle bus route changes will be in place during the strike, along with other changes. More>

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Expanding Fungal Diversity, One Cell at a Time

More than a million species of fungi are estimated to live on this planet, but most of that diversity remains unknown because the fungi have avoided detection and have not been cultured for study in laboratories. A team led by researchers at the Joint Genome Institute has developed a pipeline to generate genomes from single cells of uncultivated fungi. More>

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Biosciences’ Ke Xu Receives New Innovator Award

Ke Xu of the Biosciences Area has received a 2018 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. These $1.5 million grants aim to catalyze “exceptionally innovative” biomedical research from early career investigators. An assistant professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, Xu develops new physical and chemical tools to explore biological, chemical, and materials systems at the nanoscale with high resolution and sensitivity. More>

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Be Prepared, Stay Safe in the Event of an Earthquake on the Hill

Given the Lab’s unique challenges as a scientific facility located in the midst of an urban environment, earthquake preparation requires extra planning and preparation. To help address potential fall-out from an earthquake, the Lab has three programs in place: a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), and Damage Assessment Team (DAT), which ensures lab operations and systems can be assessed and recovered. There are also has six disaster containers (one in each zone) throughout the campus, which are filled with water, food, and medical supplies. More>

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Megan Gentes, Ryan Smith Win 41st Annual Runaround Race

Hundreds of employees lined up at the firehouse on Friday for the Lab’s annual footrace, then sprinted into action after Director Witherell yelled “go!” But two runners emerged as the clear winners. Ryan Smith finished in 9:32 minutes, and Megan Gentes completed her run in 11:12 minutes. The winner of the T-shirt design contest was Dana Goodacre of the Advanced Light Source. Go here to view a slideshow of the event.

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Cyclotron Road Hosts Happy Hour on Oct. 18

Want to learn more about commercializing your research? Cyclotron Road fellows will be on hand to answer questions during a happy hour on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Craft Beer in Berkeley. The Lab’s Cyclotron Road program helps entrepreneurial scientists bring their technologies to scale through mentorship, education, and networking.

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Add to Your Professional Skill Set Using LinkedIn Training

LinkedIn Learning is now available for employees to get free training in a variety of topics, including business, technology, and creative skills. The courses are viewable via three-to-five minute videos, accessible via computer or mobile device. While a LinkedIn account is not required, connecting through your own account enables users to receive customized recommendations. Send email here for more information.

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Last Day to Vote in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest

Today is the last day to cast your vote to help choose the People’s Choice winner in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest. The contest is part of the Foundry’s National NanoDay celebration. Check out the entries and cast your vote here.

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Early Career Spotlight: CRD’s Mueller Thinks Outside the Box for Big Science

Juliane Mueller, a research scientist in the Computational Research Division, is developing an “optimization algorithm” toolset that pinpoints which variables of a “black box” simulation model will churn out the most realistic data in less time. Her work is supported by an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development Award announced last November. More>

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