Today at Berkeley Lab

Have a Safe and Restful Thanksgiving Holiday

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Climate Simulations Project Wetter, Windier Hurricanes

New supercomputer simulations by climate scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown that climate change intensified the amount of rainfall in recent hurricanes such as Katrina, Irma, and Maria by 5 to 10 percent. They further found that if those hurricanes were to occur in a future world that is warmer than present, those storms would have even more rainfall and stronger winds. More>

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Bay View Cafe Hosts Thanksgiving Cooking Demonstration Today

Stop by the Bay View Cafe today at 2:30 p.m. to learn how to brine a turkey for Thanksgiving from chef Cesar Rodriguez, and make cranberry stuffing from sous chef Marie.

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UC Offers Emergency Support for Those Affected by Wildfires

UC is providing extra benefits assistance to help UC employees meet the needs of those affected by the current wildfires. Assistance includes accessing retirement savings for emergency expenses, replacing lost prescriptions, receiving medical, dental, vision, and emotional health support, submitting claims for loss of life or property, and using legal resources. Go here for details and contact information.

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Volunteers Sought for Rebuilding Together Project at Local Senior Center

Rebuilding Together-East Bay North needs volunteers on Dec. 1 and 2 to help remove and replace the kitchen floor in the West Berkeley Senior Center where the Meals on Wheels program is operated. Volunteers should wear protective shoes and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Work runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Contact George Reskin to volunteer.

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Policy Reminder on Research Misconduct

The Research and Institutional Integrity Office (RIIO) is responsible for responding to reports of possible research misconduct and concerns expressed about research integrity and scientific conduct. Supervisors and managers should report such concerns to the RIIO. To ask questions or discuss concerns, contact Vicki Laden, the Lab’s Employee Concerns Manager. More>

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Director’s Achievement Awards Announced; Ceremony on Nov. 30

The Director’s Achievement Awards ceremony is Friday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. All staff are invited. It will be streamed live. John Bell, Phil Colella, and Jim Floyd 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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Updates for Work on Lab’s Waterline Replacement Project

Chamberlain Road will be closed Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for road work between Building 71 and the M1 parking lot. Additional work will occur in the areas near Buildings 31, 62, 66, 72, 72C from Nov. 19 to 30. Traffic controls will be in place. Road closures are not anticipated in this area.

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Postdoc Association Hosts International Thanksgiving Potluck

The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association invites employees and their families to join an international Thanksgiving potluck party on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., at 2030 Addison St., Suite 640B, in downtown Berkeley. Attendees are encouraged to bring their signature national dish. Go here to RSVP.

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JGI Finds Symbiosis Is a Driver of Truffle Diversity

Truffles are generally considered a dining extravagance, but they also play an important role in soil ecosystem services. Truffles are the fruiting bodies of the ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungal symbionts, and the Joint Genome Institute was part of an international team that sought insights into the ECM lifestyle of truffle-forming species. As reported in Nature Ecology & Evolution, the team conducted a comparative analysis of eight fungi. More>

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