Today at Berkeley Lab

2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table

The Periodic Table is a significant scientific achievement, capturing the essence of chemistry, physics, and biology. Dmitri Mendeleev is credited with the development of the Periodic System in 1869. Berkeley Lab — where numerous elements were discovered — will celebrate the Periodic Table’s 150th anniversary this year. Watch for more in the coming weeks. More>

Did You Know? A Bit of Lab History Trivia

Calvin Road, the street that borders the eastern edge of Lab, was named after Melvin Calvin, a Nobel laureate who discovered “dark” photosynthetic reactions that convert carbon dioxide and other compounds into glucose (aka “The Calvin Cycle). Time Magazine dubbed him “Mr. Photosynthesis.” He was also appointed to President Kennedy’s Science Advisory Committee. More>

Familiar With History of Building 51F Uses? Share Your Knowledge With PIMD

The Projects & Infrastructure Modernization Division is conducting a historical site assessment for Building 51F. Those who have knowledge of the use, storage, or disposal of chemicals, solvents, and radiological sources, or beam activation work in or impacting the building are encouraged to share this information. Contact Joe Morgan to share details via email or to schedule an in-person interview on Dec. 5 or 6.

Then & Now: Feature Compares Scenes From Lab’s Past With Its Present

Like a visual time machine, the “Then & Now” feature uses a series of interactive images that overlay historic and modern photos taken from the same vantage point, like this shot of Berkeley Lab founder E.O. Lawrence taken in 1956 (left) and current Lab Director Mike Witherell. A lot has changed since the Lab was founded 87 years ago, but some things remain the same. Check out more “Then & Now” images here.

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Spotlight on Luis Alvarez and LANA ERG

The Lab’s Luis Alvarez won the 1968 Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery of “resonance states” within the nucleus of an atom, made possible by using hydrogen bubble chambers and data analysis. Alvarez is one of many scientists who share a Hispanic background. His tradition of excellence at the Lab continues through LANA (Latinx and Native American Association), one of the Lab’s Employee Resource Groups. More>

Attend Today’s ‘A New Light for Berkeley Lab’ Celebration

Join Lab Director Mike Witherell and other employees for a special program today celebrating the Advanced Light Source’s first 25 years and the latest progress – including a recent DOE milestone – toward ALS-U, a major upgrade project. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, followed by a reception at the cafeteria. The cafeteria closes at 1:30 p.m. today to prep for the reception. The program will be streamed live.

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.

Video on Lab’s Contributions to Discovery of Mendelevium

Using archival footage found at the Lab, Claude Lyneis of the Nuclear Science Division put together a video describing the discovery of element 101, mendelevium. The team that discovered mendelevium included the Lab’s Glenn Seaborg and Albert Ghiorso, who helped discover over a dozen elements. The video is featured on the “Voices of the Manhattan Project” website.

From Moon Rocks to Space Dust: Berkeley Lab’s Extraterrestrial Research

From moon rocks to meteorites, and from space dust to a dinosaur-destroying impact, the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab has a well-storied expertise in exploring samples of extraterrestrial origin. More>

Campanile’s Peregrine Falcon Chicks Named After Berkeley-Discovered Elements

A month ago, three peregrine falcon chicks hatched high atop the Campanile tower on the UC Berkeley campus. Hundreds of bird enthusiasts flocked to social media to suggest names for the fledglings. In honor of the campus’ 150th anniversary, it was decided to go with Berkelium, Californium, and Lawrencium, all elements discovered at Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley. More>