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Monday, Feb. 1, 2010

Special Event

Lab Addresses Global Needs With CC2.0 Initiative

The wait is over. Find out how you can participate in Carbon Cycle 2.0 — and help Berkeley Lab help the planet — at the kick-off symposia today at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Can't attend? Then go here to watch a live webcast of the event. All staff are welcome and invited to bring their lunch. Today's speakers include:

paulNoon to 1 p.m. Director Paul Alivisatos introduces CC2.0

collins1 to 2 p.m.
Bill Collins discusses a future without CC2.0

The full agenda for the four-day event is available here.

Carbon Cycle 2.0 graphic

People: Per Peterson Named to Chu's Nuclear Energy Panel

petersonPer Peterson, a senior scientist with Berkeley Lab's Accelerator and Fusion Research Division, has been named by Energy Secretary Steve Chu to serve as one of 15 commissioners on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. The commission is charged with providing recommendations for a safe, long-term solution to managing the country's used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. Peterson is an expert on high-temperature fission and fusion energy, and issues related to the safety and security of nuclear materials and waste management. More>

Web Feature: Video of Director's All-Hands Talk Now Online

NGLSLab Director Paul Alivisatos last Thursday articulated the future of Berkeley Lab as it continues its mission to perform groundbreaking basic research, such as the proposed Next Generation Light Source (pictured) while also seeking to solve some of the greatest scientific challenges of our time. Go here to watch a video of his presentation, and here to view a PDF of his PowerPoint slides.

jemisonSpecial Event: Honoring African Americans During Black History Month

February marks Black History Month, and this year, the Lab's Diversity Council would like to recognize the accomplishments of astronaut and physician Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to enter space. As a youngster, Jemison was inspired by Nichelle Nichols, the black actress who played Uhura on Star Trek, and later in life by the space flight of Sally Ride. This prompted her to apply for NASA training, and she was accepted in 1987. She then served on the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992. "When I grew up in the 1960s the only American astronauts were men. Looking out the window of that space shuttle, I thought if that little girl growing up in Chicago could see her older self now, she would have a huge grin on her face." More>

oobleckEducation Outreach: Oobleck Workshop Coming Feb. 8

Employees interested in sharing engaging science activities with local students are invited to participate in an upcoming Oobleck workshop, part of the Lab's Center for Science and Engineering Education Berkeley Lab in School Settings (BLISS) program. What is Oobleck? It is an amazing material that exhibits the properties of a solid and a liquid. Oobleck helps to teach the scientific method as students observe, hypothesize, and experiment to determine just what is Oobleck. The Oobleck workshop is for the 5th-grade level and takes place on Monday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Registration is required and lunch will be provided. More>

rossSpecial Event: Molecular Foundry Lecture Tomorrow

As part of its Distinguished Lectureship series, the Molecular Foundry is hosting a talk by Frances Ross tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. Ross is a research staff member in the physical sciences department and the manager of the nanoscale materials analysis department at the IBM Watson Research Center. Her seminar is titled "Nanowire Growth, Phase Transformations and Interface Formation Observed through in situ Electron Microscopy." More>

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