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Monday, Oct. 12, 2009

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Gadgil's Inexpensive Inventions Help World's Poor

The Oct. 5 edition of the EarthSky podcast interview features Ashok Gadgil, Deputy Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, who talks about ways technology can be used to solve basic problems for people, particularly in developing countries. "When it comes to issues that are desperate problems for the bottom half, economically, the bottom half of humanity, problems could be very serious, regarding shelter and access to safe drinking water, access to energy, and even adequate food supplies going forward," Ashok says. "And science could make a huge difference there." More>

babakMeet a Postdoc: Babak Sanii

Postdoctoral scholars are the lifeblood of any research institution. Too often, though, they work in relative anonymity before heading off to their own scientific careers across the country and around the world. The "Meet a Postdoc" video series turns some much-needed light on this important segment of Berkeley Lab's population and offers a chance to learn more about them as individuals while they are in our midst. Today’s subject is Babak Sanii, with the Materials Sciences Division.

Special Event: Women Scientists’ Council Luncheon Seminar

doeffThe next Women Scientists’ Council Luncheon Seminar is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature Marca Doeff, a staff scientist in the Materials Sciences Division. Doeff, a principal investigator for the "Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies" program funded by the Department of Energy, will discuss her research on materials for battery and fuel cell applications. Networking among participants will follow and lunch will be provided. For details contact Kamala Green at x7635.

genomeEducation Outreach: ‘Adopt a Genome’ Program Aids Undergraduate Course Work

The Joint Genome Institute’s Education Program is providing opportunities for colleges and universities across the country to "adopt" bacterial genomes, such as those sequenced as part of the GEBA project, for analysis. This "Adopt a GEBA Genome" education program makes available a selection of recently sequenced genomes for use in undergraduate courses. The organisms ideally provide a unifying thread for concepts across the life sciences curriculum. More>

Tech Transfer: So You Want to Create a Start Up?

The Lab’s Tech Transfer group invites researchers to attend a workshop on turning science into a new company. The presenters, venture capitalists from Flagship Ventures in Boston, will share their real-world experience in starting technology-based companies. The event takes place Thursday at 11:45 a.m. in Building 50A-5132. Pizza will be provided. RSVP here.

ledermanSpecial Event: Hitchcock Lectures by Nobelist Leon Lederman

Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman, founder of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, former director of Fermilab, and professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will present two talks as part of UC Berkeley’s Hitchcock Lectures. Sponsored by the Graduate Division, the talks will take place this Wednesday and Thursday, both at 4:10 p.m. in the International House Auditorium (2299 Piedmont Ave.). He will discuss "A Scientist Addresses Science Education."

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