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Tuesday, July 13, 2010


JGI Presents the Genome of Volvox carteri

Volvox carteri

In the July 9 issue of Science, Joint Genome Institute (JGI) bioinformaticist Simon Prochnik and colleagues presented the genome of the multicellular alga Volvox carteri. The work complements the genome of the unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, which was sequenced by JGI in 2007 and is being used by researchers working on algal biofuel generation. The two algal genomes also allow researchers to study the transition from a single-celled to multicellular organism. As Prochnik noted, “The notion that ‘if you’re small, you’re simple’ is starting to unravel." More>

People: Life Scientist Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Gabriel LanderGabriel Lander of the Life Sciences Division was named one of 18 Damon Runyon Fellows last week by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports exceptional early career researchers and innovative cancer research. Lander, a postdoc in Eva Nogales's lab, uses electron microscopy to examine the mechanism by which cells initiate division. His research will help explain why cancer cells form and will potentially lead to new molecular targets for cancer treatment. The recipients of this prestigious, three-year award are outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting basic and translational cancer research in the laboratories of leading senior investigators across the country. More>

People: Cooper to Serve on NIH Study Review

Priscilla CooperPriscilla Cooper of the Life Sciences Division has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Radiation Therapeutics and Biology Study Section, National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2014. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence in achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in science journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Membership of the study section represents a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort.

Outreach: Teachers Visit Foundry for Nanoscience Workshop

TeachersLast Tuesday, 20 teachers and community college educators from the Bay Area visited the Molecular Foundry for a daylong workshop on nanoscience. The teachers heard an overview of nanoscience research, along with discussions about the role this field has in computation, electronics, living systems and next-generation solar cells. Many of the participants are summer researchers in the Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education’s teacher internship programs. Hosted by the Foundry’s Aditi Risbud, each participant also received science kits for their classroom, including one for making a nanocrystalline solar cell using raspberry juice.

Kahtleen (Cathy) Sage In Memoriam: Kahtleen (Cathy) Sage

Kathleen (Cathy) Sage, who joined the Lab in 1992, died last week at age 62. For the past 8 years, she worked as a travel coordinator and receptionist in the Computing Sciences Directorate. Before that, she worked in Health Services and the Life Sciences Division. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. Perpetua Catholic Parish, 3445 Hamlin Road in Lafayette. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to St. Perpetua Catholic Parish.

Facilities: Changes to Building 90 Parking Lot Planned

In an effort to improve safety for disabled employees and visitors, two disabled parking spots will be created directly in front of Building 90, adjacent to the entrance steps, on Monday, July 19. This prevents persons with disabilities from having to cross traffic in order to reach the building (see map for reference). Also, a parking spot located inside the shuttle bus loop (see dark blue diagonal lines on map) has been removed to ensure buses can make the turn safely. Those who park in this lot, particularly near the bus loop lane, are reminded to pull their vehicles completely into the parking spot, ensuring that the white line marking the back of the spot is visible. For more information on these changes, contact Tammy Brown (x5232).

Employee Activity: Discounted Costco Memberships Available Today

A representative from Costco will be in the cafeteria lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Employees can purchase a Costco membership at a discount, but must bring their Lab ID and apply in person.

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