Today at Berkeley Lab

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>

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.

Registration Ongoing for JGI’s Next Microbial Genomics & Metagenomics Workshop

There are still spaces left for JGI’s Feb. 25 to March 1 MGM Workshop in Walnut Creek. The hands-on workshop is designed to familiarize users with the Integrated Microbial Genomes & Microbiomes (IMG/M) suite of tools. The agenda also includes brief overviews of sequencing, assembly, metadata curation, annotation, as well as some presentations from JGI’s portfolio of products beyond sequencing. More>

The Hidden Cost of Computer Gaming

Computer gaming accounts for about 5 percent of all residential energy use in California – equal to the same amount as 10 million new refrigerators – yet gamers do not routinely think about energy efficiency or ways to trim energy costs while gaming. A recent Berkeley Lab study has revealed insights about this widespread but poorly understood source of energy consumption. More>

Researchers Capture an Image of Negative Capacitance in Action

For the first time ever, an international team of researchers – including the Lab’s Sayeef Salahuddin – imaged the microscopic state of negative capacitance. This novel result provides researchers with fundamental, atomistic insight into the physics of negative capacitance, which could have far-reaching consequences for energy-efficient electronics. More>

Complete Bay View Cafe Survey for a Chance to Win Gift Certificates

Employees are invited to take a survey on the the Lab’s Bay View Cafe. The feedback provided by the survey will help cafe managers improve the cafeteria’s quality, service, and value. Those who take the survey and include their email address will be entered in a drawing for four $10 Bay View Cafe gift cards. The survey ends Jan. 31. More>

Replacement Hearing Aid Batteries Available

Hearing aid batteries often don’t give a warning that they are failing, leaving the aid-wearer with few options if they don’t have spare batteries with them. Employees and visitors to the Lab who experience this dilemma have a new option. The All Access Employee Resource Group is now stocking spare hearing aid batteries, available at no cost. More>

Jan. 28 Information Session for Postdocs’ Mental Health and Well-Being Benefits

Presenters from Garnet-Powers & Associates, UC Berkeley’s Employee Assistance Program, and Health Net Mental Health Network will provide information on where to go and how to use resources that are available to assist postdocs with life stresses. The event takes place on Jan. 28, in the Building 50 Auditorium, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Director Witherell Announces FY 2020 LDRD Call for Proposals

The Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program is one of the principal means to seed innovative science and new research directions at the Lab. An important factor in judging proposals will be their support of competencies aligned with the Lab’s and DOE’s strategic directions. Multi-investigator and multi-divisional initiatives are highly encouraged. More>

Applications Open for DOE’s Office of Science Early Career Research Program

Full-time, career, non-postdoc Lab researchers who received their Ph.D.s no earlier than Jan. 1, 2008 are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, which supports the development of individual research programs of scientists early in their careers. Director Witherell will host a brown-bag discussion and networking event on Jan. 22, noon to 2 p.m., in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130). RSVP here. Download a flyer here. More>