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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Emergency Preparedness

Onsite Workshops to Help Improve Response Skills

Staff who want to learn simple emergency response skills for home, work, and travel are invited to attend one of three lectures by emergency preparedness expert Ana-Marie Jones. She will present a diverse, interactive curriculum designed to empower participants and make preparedness beneficial and fun. The hour-long talks take place on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24, at noon, and Wednesday, Sept. 9, at noon, all in the Building 66 Auditorium.

Computing: NERSC Awards Supercomputer Contract to CRAY

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab announced yesterday that a contract for its next generation supercomputing system will be awarded to Cray Inc. The multi-year supercomputing contract includes delivery of a Cray XT5™ massively-parallel-processor supercomputer, which will be upgraded to a future-generation Cray supercomputer. When completed, the new system will deliver a peak performance of more than one petaflops per second, equivalent to more than one quadrillion calculations per second. More>

People: Laser Plasma Physicist Wins Young Scientist Award

nakamuraThe Particle Accelerator Society of Japan has awarded Kei Nakamura of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division (AFRD) its 2009 Award for Young Scientists, recognizing "excellent achievement in accelerator physics and technology." The award was based on Nakamura's dissertation, "Analysis and Control of Laser Plasma Based Accelerators up to 1 GeV," for his 2007 Ph.D. in physics from the University of Tokyo. Wim Leemans, who heads the LOASIS laser plasma acceleration program in AFRD, was his research advisor. Leemans says, "I'm proud that Kei is the third of my students to win a prize for his Ph.D., with all his work carried out in LOASIS." More (in Japanese)>

Stimulus Funding: All Recovery Act Grant Opportunities Now Posted at One Website logoThe federal government website has posted a new feature on its homepage to help users easily find grant opportunities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from more than 40 federal agencies. Users can browse by agency or search using keywords or other criteria. Contact the Lab's Sponsored Projects Office to review the opportunity and ensure eligibility. Some other ARRA funding opportunities are posted here.

Special Event: Undergraduates Invited to Panel Discussion on Diversity

diversityThe Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) in partnership with the General Sciences Workplace Life Committee invites all undergraduate students to attend a panel discussion on diversity titled "No one here looks/is like me! Am I in the right place? What do I do?" The lunchtime session (part of CSEE's Brown Bag sessions for Undergraduate Summer 2009 Interns) will take place tomorrow from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. A diverse panel of scientists will answer questions about themselves, their career paths and experiences and any opportunities or challenges they may have encountered.

Educational Outreach: Summer Undergraduate Intern Poster Session Aug. 11

internsThe Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) will host a poster session from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, in the Cafeteria. Featuring the work of 110 undergrads, this event is one of the rare opportunities to bring together examples of the breadth of research conducted at the Laboratory through the experiences of the teachers and students participating in CSEE mentored internship programs this summer. All Laboratory employees and guests are invited. Refreshments will be served.

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