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Monday, August 10, 2009


MERLIN to Work Magic at the Advanced Light Source

A new beamline with an intriguing name — Milli-Electron-volt Resolution beamLINe, or MERLIN — is nearing readiness for users at the Advanced Light Source. The beamline will use two separate experimental techniques to study the electronic structures of complex systems. To read more about MERLIN go here.

esnet logoARRA Funding: ESnet Receives $62 Million to Develop World's Fastest Computer Network

As scientists in a wide variety of disciplines increasingly rely on supercomputers and collaboration with colleagues around the world to advance their research, managing and sharing the mountain of data generated by their investigations will soon become a choking point. In order to facilitate such data-intensive research, ESnet, the Department of Energy's high-performance networking facility managed by Berkeley Lab, is receiving $62 million to develop what will be the world's fastest computer network, designed specifically to support science. More>

brochureDOE Update: New Bioenergy Research Center Brochure Available

In June 2007, the Department of Energy announced that it was investing up to $375 million in three new Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs) for the purposes of accelerating basic research in the development of biofuels. One of those centers was the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a six-institutional partnership under the leadership of Berkeley Lab. DOE's Office of Science has made available online a new edition of a 26-page brochure that provides an illustrated overview of each of the BRCs and their partner institutes, including some scientific highlights from the first year of research. For a downloadable PDF of "Bioenergy Research Centers: An Overview of the Science," go here.

press hatWorld of Science: Unpopular Science

[The Nation] It's no secret the newspaper industry is hemorrhaging staff writers and slashing coverage as its business model collapses in the face of declining readership and advertising revenues. But less recognized is how this trend is killing off a breed of journalistic specialists that we need now more than ever — science writers who are uniquely trained for the most difficult stories, those with a complex technical component that are nevertheless critical to politics and society. More>

posterSpecial Event: Summer Undergraduate Intern Poster Session Tomorrow

The Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) will host a Poster Session from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cafeteria. Featuring the work of 110 undergrads, this event is one of the rare opportunities to bring together, at one time, examples of the breadth of research conducted at the Laboratory—and it does so through the experience of the teachers and students who have been here this summer participating in CSEE mentored internship programs. All Laboratory employees and guests are invited. Refreshments will be served.

Employee Activity: Discount Tickets for Disney on Ice Princess Classics

Berkeley Lab employees can order discount tickets for the Princess Classics performance by Disney on Ice, taking place at Oakland's Oracle Arena Oct. 14-18. Go here to view complete schedule and order tickets, using BERKLAB as the promotional code.

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