Today at Berkeley Lab

Science Meets Fiction: Researchers Use Lab Inspiration in Their Writing

When it comes to writing science fiction, authors Corie Ralston (Biosciences Area) and Joe Silber (Engineering Division) use their experiences at the Lab to inform the plots of their stories. “I have daily interactions with scientists and access to all of these lab spaces where science actually happens,” says Silber. “I experience the visual, sensorial aspects firsthand — all of that adds a lot of texture to my stories.” More>

Remembering Berkeley Lab’s First Electrical Engineer: William R. ‘Bill’ Baker

William R. “Bill” Baker (seated), who died May 4 at age 103, was a lifelong engineer with an unrelenting mind and boundless ingenuity. He was the first electrical engineer hired by Ernest Orlando Lawrence and worked on the Lab’s early cyclotrons, the Manhattan Project, and fusion research. More>

3D Localization of Nanoscale Battery Reactions

What stands in the way of batteries that last a week or charge in five minutes? Part of the answer lies in the chemical and structural changes that happen deep inside a battery during use. At the Advanced Light Source, a new tool combines ptychography, tomography, and spectroscopy, enabling scientists to pinpoint the locations of chemical reactions inside batteries in three dimensions at the nanoscale. More>

Lab Research Shines Bright in Large Hadron Collider Upgrade

A groundbreaking ceremony took place in Geneva, Switzerland today to celebrate the start of civil engineering work for the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) at CERN. When complete, the HL-LHC will produce five to seven times more proton-proton collisions than the currently operating LHC. Researchers from the Lab’s Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics, Engineering, and Physics divisions are contributing to the work. More>

World’s Most Powerful X-Ray Laser Taking Shape Near Stanford

Located 30 feet below-ground, the giant X-ray laser at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is part of a quest to illuminate some of science’s great remaining mysteries. The Berkeley Lab contributed a brand new electron injector gun to the project, which was delivered in January. Lab researchers Junko Yano and Peter Zwart are quoted in this Mercury News article.

Learn More About the Engineering Division at Upcoming Poster Session

The Engineering Division will undergo a two-day review to evaluate the positioning of the group as a world-class program. As part of the review, Lab employees are invited to a poster session to learn more about the division’s depth and breadth of knowledge, skills, and expertise. The poster session takes place Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54).

Engineering Division Ergo Improvements Make Positive Impact

Engineering Division Ergo Advocates implemented a proactive approach to manage ergo risks in the division. Ergo exposure is the second highest recordable injury at the Lab, so the team honed in on hazards contributing to this risk. Since implementation, the division has eliminated injuries for staff who were at high-risk and reduced those at moderate risk by 46 percent. More>

‘Science Nation’ Video Highlights Lab’s Efforts to Restore Lost Languages

The video explores Project IRENE and its efforts to make digital versions of around 3,000 wax-cylinder recordings of indigenous languages at UC Berkeley’s Hearst Museum. The project is using innovative optical scan technology developed by the Lab’s Carl Haber and Earl Cornell for the restoration. Watch the video here.

Portion of Glaser Road Closed Tomorrow

The road, between Buildings 77 and 79, will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate a special event. The Blue shuttle will be rerouted and the bus stop closed during this time. Map>

Five Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Lab recipients include Nick Bouskill, Charlie Koven, and Neslihan Taş Baas of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Qiang Du of Engineering, and Mariam Kiran of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). Additionally, Lin Lin of the Computational Research Division and Eric Neuscamman of the Chemical Sciences Division received Early Career awards through UC Berkeley. More>