Today at Berkeley Lab

APS to Announce Zahid Hussain as Winner of Keithley Award

Advanced Light Source retiree Zahid Hussain has been notified he’ll receive the 2019 Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science from the American Physical Society. He has been recognized for his “development of soft X-ray instrumentation leading to significant measurement improvements of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy and resonant inelastic soft X-ray scattering.”

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Lab-Wide Event Sept. 28 to Celebrate the First and Next 25 Years at the ALS

The Lab community is invited to attend “A New Light for Berkeley Lab: The Next 25 Years at the Advanced Light Source,” a celebration of the ALS’s history and future, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, in the Building 50 Auditorium. Scheduled talks will look back on the last 25 years of the ALS and provide updates on a planned upgrade for the facility. A reception follows the event at the cafeteria. Go here to RSVP and view the agenda. The celebration will be livestreamed.

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Molecular Structure Reveals Mechanism Behind Periodic Paralysis

A rare genetic disorder called hypokalemic periodic paralysis (hypoPP) causes sudden, profound muscle weakness in people who occasionally exhibit low levels of potassium in their blood, or hypokalemia. Researchers from the University of Washington have used the Advanced Light Source to see, at the molecular level, how a single mutation in a cell-membrane protein can cause this to happen and how it might be treated. More>

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Register Now for Oct. 2-4 ALS User Meeting

This year’s Advanced Light Source User Meeting features a new format designed with students and early career scientists in mind. In addition to plenary talks, a poster session, and workshops, there will be a greater emphasis on tutorials. The 25th anniversary of the ALS will also be celebrated. Early registration ends Sept. 16. More>

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Graphene-Based Catalyst Improves Peroxide Production

Hydrogen peroxide does more than lighten hair color and remove stains. It’s an important commodity chemical with a growing demand in many areas, including the electronics industry, paper recycling, and wastewater treatment. Researchers have used the Advanced Light Source to characterize a carbon-based material that makes the production of hydrogen peroxide more selective, efficient, and cost effective. More>

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Q&A With Energy Sciences ALD Jeff Neaton

As part of its “Ringleader” series, the Advanced Light Source recently conducted a Q&A with Associate Lab Director for Energy Sciences Jeff Neaton. He discusses his career track, research interests, vision for the Energy Sciences Area, and what he likes to do in his spare time, such as riding bikes with his 7-year-old daughter. More>

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Infrared Beams Show Cell Types in a Different Light

By shining highly focused infrared light on living cells, scientists at Berkeley Lab hope to unmask individual cell identities, and to diagnose whether the cells are diseased or healthy. They will use their technique to produce detailed, color-based maps of individual cells and collections of cells – in microscopic and eventually nanoscale detail – that will be analyzed using machine-learning techniques to automatically sort out cell characteristics. More>

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Newark Electronics Vendor Fair at ALS on Aug. 24

Newark Electronics is hosting an Aug. 24 vendor fair on the Advanced Light Source patio from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from dozens of companies will be on hand to answer questions and showcase test equipment, electronic components (connectors, switches, sensors, and relays), and tooling. All Lab employees are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

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Open and Shut: Pain Signals in Nerve Cells

Researchers collected X-ray data at the Advanced Light Source to define the structure of a closed protein gate important for neuronal signaling. This protein gate, ASIC1a, is important in sensing pain and forming memories of fear. Comparing the closed gate with previously known structures of the same gate when open, researchers now have a comprehensive picture of proton-dependent channels in neurons. More>

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A Designed Material Untangles Long-Standing Puzzle

The origin of the metal-to-insulator transition in a key quantum material was revealed by nanostructures designed to untangle simultaneous phase transitions. A key assist was provided by X-ray probes at the Advanced Light Source. This approach to decoupling simultaneous phase transitions could lead to new materials with emergent physics and unique electronic properties. More>

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