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Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Alivisatos Featured in Latest Issue of Innovation Magazine

Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos is featured both on the cover and within the pages of Innovation, an award-winning bimonthly magazine published in partnership with Department of Energy. The latest issue is dedicated to the “Best and the Brightest Innovators in the Energy Labs.” It leads with the article about Alivisatos and the Lab titled “Raising the Energy Level at the Berkeley Lab.” Among the topics discussed in the course of a free-ranging interview are Carbon Cycle 2.0, the need for a second campus, and a more vigorous community-relations effort. More>

Research: A Less Forceful Atomic Force Microscope

atomic forcePaul Ashby and Babak Sanii of the Molecular Foundry have developed a nanowire-based imaging technique by which atomic force microscopy could be used to study biological cells and other soft materials in their natural, liquid environment, without tearing apart or deforming the samples. This would provide scientists with the long coveted non-destructive means of dynamically probing soft matter. Ashby and Sanii accomplished this feat by placing a nanowire cantilever in the focus of a laser beam and detecting the resulting light pattern. More>

Science at the Theater : Just Say No to Carbon Emissions

S@TTNext Monday evening at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, learn about three efforts our grandchildren may thank us for: cheap solar energy, bringing energy efficiency to China, and learning how to store carbon deep underground. Berkeley Lab scientists Curt Oldenburg (left), Ramamoorthy Ramesh (center), and Nan Zhou will introduce these topics — and answer questions — in a lively panel discussion hosted by the Public Affairs Department. The event starts at 7 p.m. at 2025 Addison St. Admission is free. More>

earth daySpecial Event: Earth Day Fair is Tomorrow From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Lab will host an Earth Day fair tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the cafeteria lawn. Representatives from the Lab’s many green initiatives will be on hand, as well as local non-profits and vendors. A special menu of locally grown food will be offered at the Lab Café for purchase. Visit the sustainLBL website for more information.

Special Event: Daughters and Sons to Work Day is Tomorrow

Employees are reminded that the Lab will be hosting some 120 children tomorrow as part of Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Use caution when driving near areas where the kids are present. The cafeteria will be offering a special breakfast for the children. This menu is not available to adult chaperones or other Lab staff.

HR Benefits: May Calendar of Events is Available

From an orientation for international employees to a Fidelity workshop on managing your online account, the HR Benefits department hosts a number of events to help staff manage their work and life. To assist in tracking upcoming events, the department produces a monthly calendar, and the May edition is now available.

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