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Monday, July 12, 2010


Lab Geologist Studies Ground Beneath His Feet

Preston Jordan

Preston Jordan is Berkeley Lab’s resident expert on the site’s geology — and a highly sought-after one, given the nagging concerns in the area over earthquakes and landslides. “Slope stability is a concern at the Lab, though it’s a concern just as it is anywhere in the Berkeley Hills,” he says. “It’s not a unique concern.” More>

People: LOASIS Members, Collaborator Win Dawson Award

Csaba Toth, Eric Esarey, Wim Leemans, Cameron Geddes, and Carl Schroeder“For experiments and theory leading to the demonstration of high-quality electron beams from laser-plasma accelerators,” the American Physical Society’s 2010 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research has been awarded to (from left) Csaba Toth, Eric Esarey, Wim Leemans, Cameron Geddes, and Carl Schroeder of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division’s LOASIS Program, which Leemans heads. Simon Hooker of Oxford University collaborated in the research that inspired the award and shares the prize, which includes certificates and an equally divided $5,000. The award will be presented at the APS Division of Plasma Physics meeting in Chicago, November 8-12.

Funding Opportunity: Early Career Research Program Launched; Town Hall Meeting on July 23

dyesThe Department of Energy’s Office of Science has announced the FY 2011 Early Career Research Program. Now in its second year, the program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers. Pre-proposals are now being accepted in the following areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Biological and Environmental Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. It is anticipated that up to $10 million will be available for 15-35 awards in FY 2011. Mandatory pre-applications are due August 13. Director Paul Alivisatos will host an informational meeting on July 23, 11 a.m. to noon. Details on eligibility, program rules, and applying are available here, or visit the Lab’s informational website.

Blog Feature: New 'This Week in Batteries' Post on Electric vs. Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars

tesla roadster"This Week in Batteries" is a blog hosted by Venkat Srinivasan of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. In his latest post he compares the batteries of Tesla’s planned pure EV (electric vehicle) that will have a range of 200 miles with Toyota’s Prius PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) and its estimated 13-mile battery-only range. “One is going for incremental, the other revolutionary, one prefers an appliance-like vehicle, the other a sexy ride, one could be considered boring, while the other could be considered a bit brash. No prizes for guessing which one is which.”

IT: Drop-In 'Introduction to Google Calendar' Seminars This Week

Four more sessions of IT's "Introduction to Google Calendar" have been scheduled Tuesday through Friday this week in the Building 50 Auditorium from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Attendance is encouraged to help prepare for the migration during the weekend of July 31. The lecture will cover the basics: navigation, meeting management, adding and using secondary calendars as well as viewing co-worker and resource calendars. Go here for more information about Google Calendar.

Wellness: Space Still Available for Next Onsite Weight Watchers Session

Openings are still available for the next Weight Watchers session. The meetings take place on Wednesdays at noon in Building 26. Signups and payment should be received at Health Services as soon as possible to ensure the program is able to continue at the Lab. A minimum of 20 participants is needed. Call x6266 to sign up or for more details.

Policy: Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the Laboratory on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services (as defined by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994). More>

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