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Tuesday, April 27, 2010


WANDA Robot Produces Precision Nanocrystals


Delia Milliron and Emory Chan of the Molecular Foundry are featured in a new video about WANDA, a revolutionary nanocrystal-making robot that can produce nanocrystals with staggering precision. The video, produced by Roy Kaltschmidt of the Public Affairs Department, shows how this one-of-a-kind robot provides colloidal nanocrystals with custom-made properties for electronics, biological labeling and luminescent devices. Through unique software control protocols, even novice users can direct WANDA to perform complex workflows that traditionally require extensive chemistry experience. To watch the video and learn more about WANDA, go here.

People: Bell Joins ESnet as Chief Information Strategist

bellGregory Bell has joined the Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) as chief information strategist. In this newly formed position, Bell will integrate emerging technologies into the ESnet infrastructure, work with team members to develop guidance on complex IT issues, and drive collaboration across the organization in support of a shared vision. Bell previously worked in the Lab's IT Division, serving as chief technology architect. More>

World of Science: Energy Sector Poised for Innovation

An opinion piece by Bill Gates and Chad Holliday

solar cell[Washington Post] Our country is neglecting a field central to our national prospect and security: energy. We need a vigorous strategy to invent our future and ensure its safety and prosperity. In the realm of energy, as with medicine and national defense, that requires a public commitment. Our country has great assets to bring to the challenge. Our research universities are among the best in the world, and our federal energy laboratories have brilliant scientists capable of delivering breakthroughs. More>

IT: Web Conferencing Service Now Free; Audio Rates Slashed

web conferencingFollowing a switch to a new provider last August, the use of audio and web conferencing at the Lab has increased by 38 percent. Over 450 customers are using ReadyTalk as an efficient and cost effective way to conduct meetings. The web conferencing service is now free, and audio conference rates have been cut in half, due to the increased usage. Each account comes with 96 audio ports and free web conferencing. Domestic cost for audio is $0.03 per minute. Go here for more information, or contact Telephone Services (x7997).

calendarCommunications: Events Calendar, Classified Ad Service Available for Staff

Employees are reminded of the Events Calendar and Flea Market classified ad service that are available online, sponsored by Public Affairs' Communication Group. Have an upcoming event you want others in the Lab community to know about, or want to know what's taking place on any given day? Visit the Events Calendar to add an event or search for activities using date, keyword, or sponsor. Have something to sell, need an apartment to rent, or lost a precious item? Visit the Flea Market and view ads or post one of your own.

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