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Lab’s Ushizima to Speak on Machine Learning and Cancer Detection

Dani Ushizima — with the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) and the Computational Research Division’s Data Analytics and Visualization Group — has been invited to speak at the East Bay Biden Cancer Community Summit on Friday, Sept. 21. Ushizima will describe how she and other scientists are using machine learning to accelerate cancer detection.

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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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Gamma Rays, Watch Out: There’s a New Detector in Town

With funding from an Early Career LDRD award announced last year, Heather Crawford (Nuclear Science Division) and her research team are developing a prototype for an ultrahigh-rate high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector that can count 2 to 5 million gamma rays per second while maintaining high resolution, allowing them to accurately measure the energy spectrum under extreme conditions. More>

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In Memoriam: Biosciences Researcher Jim O’Neil

Jim O’Neil of the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division died on Aug. 7 at the age of 55 from complications related to heart failure. O’Neil was a radiochemist who made many important contributions to the field of nuclear medicine and to the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging program at the Lab. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. More>

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APS to Announce Barbara Jacak as Winner of Bonner Prize

Barbara Jacak, director of the Nuclear Science Division, has been notified that she will receive the 2019 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics from the American Physical Society. She was honored for her “leadership in the discovery and characterization of the quark-gluon plasma, especially her contributions to the PHENIX experiment and its explorations of jets as probes.” She’ll receive the award at the March 2019 APS annual meeting.

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WD&E’s Colette Flood Honored at Town Camp Appreciation Awards

Colette Flood, manager of Workforce Development and Education (WD&E), was honored by Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development with a “First Believers” award. Flood and WD&E were recognized for exemplifying “the true spirit of Town Camp by providing materials, professional development, and Lab volunteers to support Science Week.” Science Week was part of the city’s Town Camp summer camp program.

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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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Gary Binder Wins Global Neutrino Network Dissertation Prize

Gary Binder, a researcher with the Nuclear Science Division, has won the Global Neutrino Network dissertation prize for his work on “Measurements of the Flavor Composition and Inelasticity Distribution of High-Energy Neutrino Interactions in IceCube.” The prize recognizes young postdoctoral candidates who have written an outstanding thesis and contributed significantly to the Global Neutrino Network. More>

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Meet Tess Smidt, ‘Atomic Architect’ and 2018 Luis Alvarez Fellow

To nonscientists, Tess Smidt describes herself as an “atomic architect.” And as Berkeley Lab’s 2018 Luis W. Alvarez Fellow in Computing Sciences, she’s designing a neural network that can automatically generate novel atomic crystal structures. This work is an extension of her graduate research at UC Berkeley, where she worked with Jeff Neaton’s group at the Lab’s Molecular Foundry. More>

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Cyclotron Road Appoints New Executive-in-Residence

While trying to commercialize some new battery materials that she invented, Danielle Applestone experienced firsthand the fundraising hurdles that face entrepreneurial scientists, among them the lack of connections to investors required to build a company. She’ll help Cyclotron Road researchers leap some of those hurdles in her new role as Executive-in-Residence. More>

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