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Friday, April 30, 2010


Materials Scientist Wins Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Rachel Segalman

Rachel Segalman, a scientist in the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and professor at UC Berkeley, has received a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Dreyfus Foundation. The award supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Segalman’s research interest includes self-assembly of functional polymer systems. Criteria for the award include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching.

DOE Update: Funding for U.S.-Chinese Clean-Energy Research

us flagchinese flagEnergy Secretary Steven Chu announced the availability of $37.5 million in U.S. funding over the next five years to support the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. The center’s research will focus on advancing technologies for building energy efficiency, clean coal including carbon capture and storage, and clean vehicles. Chu’s focus on China is also chronicled in a recent story in Wired magazine. The article includes a quote by Berkeley Lab China energy expert Mark Levine.

Guest House: ALS Guest Blogs About ‘Amazing’ Facility

guest houseJohn Warren, a researcher at the Daresbury Lab in the United Kingdom and user of the Lab’s Advanced Light Source, stayed at the new Guest House late last year and was so impressed by the facility, he wrote about it in his “X-Rayman’s” blog. “Tired and weary from my flight, I could of collapsed and slept anywhere,” he writes. “I was awestruck, gob-smaked and stunned by the amazing building I was about to stay in.” More>

Science @ the Theater: Video of Monday's Event Now Online

Ramamoorthy RameshThose unable to attend the Monday presentation of “Just Say No to Carbon Emissions” at the Berkeley Rep Theater can watch a video of the event. Guest speakers Curt Oldenburg (Earth Sciences), Ramamoorthy Ramesh (Materials Sciences, pictured), and Nan Zhou (Environmental Energy Technologies) discussed storing carbon deep underground, cheap solar energy, and bringing energy efficiency to China.

Gerald EnglishIn Memoriam: Gerald English, 1946-2010

Gerald (Jerry) English, who previously worked in the Lab’s Environment, Health and Safety Division, passed away on April 9. He was 63 years old. English worked as a guest from 1995-1998. He was hired as a career employee in 1998 and left the Lab in 2003. According to Richard Firestone of the Nuclear Science Division, English was “responsible for the pit room where legacy radioactive sources were processed and stored.” Go here to read an obituary written by a friend.

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