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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Writer/Editor 2 (Physical Biosciences) Responsible for promoting new PSI-developed technologies to the broader scientific community, and maintaining and further developing a web portal describing these technologies.

Cancer Research Program Manager (Life Sciences) Part-time; lead and manage the coordination and communication between Berkeley Lab and other stakeholders as part of a cancer research consortium.

Micro-Tomography Research Scientist (Advanced Light Source) Work as a computational/experimental scientist within a leading program of hard x-ray micro-tomography applied to a diverse range of problems.

Research Scientist - Magnetic Spectroscopy and Scattering (Advanced Light Source) Creatively contribute and collaborate on magnetic spectroscopy and scattering programs at the undulator beamline 4.0.2 and bending magnet beamline 6.3.1.

Facilities Zone Manager (Facilities) The Facilities Zone Manager will coordinate maintenance and construction activities between zone occupants, Facilities and EH&S staff.

ALS: A New Beamline for Biology is Dedicated

beamlineDirector Paul Alivisatos and a bevy of VIPs including Roland Hirsch from the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research and Aundra Richards from the Berkeley Site Office were on hand last Friday for the debut of the remarkable new beamline at the Advanced Light Source, centerpiece of the Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology (BSISB) program. Directed by Hoi-Ying Holman of the Earth Sciences Division, beamline 5.4’s large experimental area comes courtesy of its unusual location — not on the floor like other beamlines but on top of the synchrotron itself. More>

phys reviewResearch: Honing the Higgs Makes Cover of Physical Review Letters

A year ago the D-Zero and CDF collaborations at Fermilab’s Tevatron announced new bounds on the likely mass of the Higgs boson; this year their refined measurements made the cover of Physical Review Letters. “The sensitivity has improved, and the new result makes more sense,” says Wei-Ming Yao of the Physics Division, a CDF member with a major role in the analysis. “In the next two years we should double the data again and may even see hints of the Higgs – if it acts as the Standard Model predicts.” If not, the mechanism of the “god particle” will require rethinking. More>

Special Event: Foundry Hosts Their Own ‘Academy Awards’

oscarsOn Monday, the Molecular Foundry hosted its fourth annual Oscar Fest, a lighthearted look at the science and personalities in the Materials Science Division. Hosted by playwright and theater veteran Alice Muller-Egan and post-doctoral scholar Babak Sanii, this lunchtime event featured Division Director Miquel Salmeron dissecting the physics of water-soaked dogs and Foundry Deputy Director Jeff Bokor channeling his inner Shatner in a spoken-word interpretation of “Weary Kind,” this year's Oscar winner for Best Song.

Parking: H1 Lot Near Bldg. 50 Reopens Today

With construction for Seismic Phase 1 on Building 50 nearly complete, the adjacent H1 parking lot has reopened, making available about 22 spots. The lot may need to be blocked a few more times in the future to accommodate additional finishing work, but the closures will be short term. Contact Tim Galvin (x6396) for more information.

Lecture: Talk on ‘ChemSpider’ Today at 3 p.m. in Bldg. 50 Auditorium

The Lab’s Library is hosting a talk on ChemSpider, presented by Antony Williams, vice president of strategic development for the Royal Society of Chemistry. Chemical scientists, as well as researchers interested in online collaboration, data storage and curation, data exchange, crowdsourcing, and open access will find this seminar relevant. The event takes place today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Bring laptops for a hands-on demonstration session. More>

World of Science: Popular Science Lists '10 Worst Jobs in Science'

[USA Today] For most people, a day at the office does not include collecting dung or cutting open whale guts, but for some scientists, tedious and often grotesque tasks are just part of the daily grind. Popular Science features some of these unusual jobs in its April issue in its 10 Worst Jobs in Science list, which seeks to "show how brave and intrepid you have to be to really do real science," says deputy editor Jacob Ward. More>

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