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Friday, April 2, 2010


ALS Researchers Honored at Physical Society Meeting

Alessandra Lanzara and Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Materials scientists Alessandra Lanzara and Ramamoorthy Ramesh were both honored at the recent American Physical Society meeting for their groundbreaking work, much of which was performed at the Advanced Light Source. Lanzara received the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award for "high-resolution angle-resolved photoemisssion spectroscopy and imaging studies of the cuprate superconductors and graphene that elucidate their electronic properties," while Ramesh got the James C. McGroddy Prize in New Materials for "groundbreaking contributions in theory and experiment that have advanced the understanding and utility of multiferroic oxides."

JGI: 2009 Progress Report Now Available

JGIThe Joint Genome Institute has just released its 2009 Progress Report, highlighting the achievements of the last year and touching on the initiatives ahead to advance the frontiers of DNA sequence-enabled science relevant to DOE's mission areas of bioenergy, carbon cycling and biogeochemistry. The 68-page color document can be downloaded from the JGI website. Free hard copies can be requested from [email protected]

UC Update: Applications For Information Technology Award Sought

circuitThe University of California is seeking applications for the Larry L. Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology. Named for UC Riverside's former associate vice chancellor for computing and communications, the award is open to faculty and staff from all UC campuses, the Office of the President, and Berkeley Lab. Sponsored by the UC IT Leadership Council, the program recognizes innovative deployment of information technology in support of the University's mission. The deadline for submission is May 18. More>

womanWorld of Science: Bias Called Persistent Hurdle for Women in Sciences

[New York Times] A report on the underrepresentation of women in science and math by the American Association of University Women found that although women have made gains, stereotypes and cultural biases still impede their success. The report, “Why So Few?,” examined decades of research to cull recommendations for drawing more women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One study of postdoctoral applicants, for example, found that women had to publish three more papers in prestigious journals, or 20 more in less-known publications, to be judged as productive as male applicants. More>

Employee Activity: Discount Tickets for Country Music Concert

Lab staff can get two tickets for the price of one to the “Hot Country Nights” concert on Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The 5:30 p.m. show features Dierks Bentley, Black Shelton, Luke Bryan and Michelle Branch. Go here to order and enter HCN241 as the password in the “Special Offers and Promotions” box.

IT: MATLAB Seminar next Wednesday

Mathworks will be on site next Wednesday afternoon, April 7, to offer two seminars in the Building 50 Auditorium. Introduction to Statistical Analysis and Curve Fitting with MATLAB will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Speeding Up MATLAB Applications (which includes a brief introduction to the Parallel Computing Toolbox) will be held from 2:45 to 4 p.m. For more information, go here.

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