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Monday, April 27, 2009

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New Look for Lab's Homepage Unveiled

Today marks the debut of a new look for, Berkeley Lab's homepage. With more than 100 million websites now clamoring for our attention, changes to a single one might not seem worth noting. But when the changes come to such a familiar site as ours, some explanation is in order. We view this current incarnation of the website as one cosmetic step in a never-ending improvement process — with you as our partners. Go here for answers to a few of your most likely questions. Additional questions, comments or suggestions about the new look and feel of should be sent [email protected].

leafIn The News: Biological Systems May Exploit Quantum Phenomena

[Science News] Until a century or so ago, nobody had any idea that there even was such a thing as quantum physics. But while humans operated for millennia in quantum darkness, it seems that plants, bacteria and birds may have been in the know all along. "We can't tell nature to ignore quantum mechanics, so we might need to measure it and see what happens," says Graham Fleming, with Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences Division. More>

People: Keasling Given 'Chancellor's Award for Public Service'

keaslingActing Deputy Lab Director Jay Keasling recently received a UC Berkeley "Chancellor's Award for Public Service" for developing "a team of academic, nonprofit, and commercial enterprises to deploy the tools of synthetic biology to provide lifesaving treatment to millions of people, primarily children, who suffer from malaria." The UC Berkeley awards are presented annually to honor individual students, faculty, and staff and campus groups and programs for their exceptional dedication and contributions to the community and society.

teacher mentorEducation Outreach: Teachers Sought For Lab Mentoring Programs

Do you know a middle school or high school science teacher who would like to work at the Lab this summer? Teachers from the Bay Area and across the country are invited to apply for Berkeley Lab's mentored summer research programs, from June 15 through August 7. The Lab offers two programs: Academies Creating Teacher Scientists (DOE-ACTS), which is open to teachers across the U.S., and Industry Initiatives for Science and Mathematics Education (IISME), which is funded by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and open to teachers in the Bay Area. Go here for more information and a downloadable flyer. Applications are due by April 30.

archSpecial Event: ESD Hosts TOUGH Symposium; Abstracts Deadline is May 15

Berkeley Lab's Earth Sciences Division is hosting a symposium on applications and enhancements to the TOUGH simulator for multiphase fluid, heat, and chemical transport. Abstracts for the gathering, to be held September 14-16, will be accepted until Friday, May 15. The symposium will bring together users of the TOUGH family of codes; papers are solicited in all areas of TOUGH applications. More>

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