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Friday, Oct. 30, 2009


New Clues to Why Stem Cells Stop Dividing

Berkeley Lab scientists have pieced together a mechanism that causes a type of human adult stem cell to permanently stop dividing after being exposed to ionizing radiation. Their research can be used to help refine cancer treatments that utilize ionizing radiation, and may help inform future work to protect the health of astronauts on missions to deep space. It also sheds light on cellular senescence, a process in which cells permanently stop dividing that is linked to cancer and aging. More>

Remember to set your clocks back one hour before bed on Saturday night.

Stimulus: NERSC Gets ARRA Funding to Improve Scientific Computing

franklinA "multi-core" revolution is occurring in computer chip technology. In the arena of high performance scientific computing, this revolution is forcing programmers to rethink the basic models of algorithm development, as well as parallel programming from both the language and parallel decomposition process. To ensure that science effectively harnesses this new technology, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is receiving $3.125 million in stimulus funds over the next two years from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to develop the Computational Science and Engineering Petascale Initiative. More>

HR Benefits: Open Enrollment Ends Tuesday, Nov. 24

The headline in yesterday’s TABL article on open enrollment listed the incorrect end date for the program. As stated in the main body of the article, it ends on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Open Enrollment webinar sessions will be held on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m., Nov. 5 at 9 a.m., Nov. 10 at 1 p.m., and Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. Registration is required (BLI0135).

zhouMeet a Postdoc: Shuyun Zhou

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 Shuyun Zhou, with the Advanced Light Source. Are you a postdoc who’d like to participate in the series, or do you know a postdoc you’d like to see profiled? If so, let us know. Go here to view other "Meet a Postdoc" videos.

Employee Activity: Onsite Blood Drive on Nov. 17

The Philanthropy Club will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be parked in the Cafeteria parking lot. Go here to register (sponsor code is LBL).

World of Science: ‘The Safety Song’ Video Offers Tips on Reducing Hazards in the Lab

safety song[Nature] Those wonderful people who came up with "The Nano Song" have done it again. "The Safety Song" is sung by The Sounds of Science, who say they are a small group of UC Berkeley graduate students and recent alumni that shares a common love of science and music. "Our aim is to promote awareness of science to the community of all ages through fun music videos available free on the Internet," say group members. More>

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