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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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U.S. Representative Lee Tours JBEI


Last Friday Congresswoman Barbara Lee (right) and her top district staff toured the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). Hosted by JBEI CEO and Acting Deputy Lab Director Jay Keasling (left), the Congresswoman met scientists and students working in the Institute's biomass deconstruction and fuel synthesis research divisions. Lee also visited two companies with strong ties to Berkeley Lab, PolyPlus, a battery development company, and Amyris, a biofuels research-and-development company.

Research: Software Framework for ATLAS Collaboration Built

atlas Three thousand researchers in 37 countries are searching for the origins of mass, new dimensions of space, and undiscovered forces of physics in the head-on collisions of high-energy protons at the Large Hadron Collider's ATLAS experiment. To facilitate this distributed workflow, these researchers are relying on a software framework called Athena, which was developed with the help of scientists in Berkeley Lab's Computational Research and Physics Divisions. More>

Emergency Preparedness Week: Berkeley Lab Earth Scientist Gives Talk Tomorrow on Hayward Fault

gmailEmergency Preparedness Week at the Lab concludes with a discussion of "The Science of the Hayward Fault" tomorrow at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Preston Jordon of the Earth Sciences Division will talk about scientific research on the Hayward Fault and debunk some popular misinformation. Gilead Wurman and Michael Price of Seismic Warning Systems will be also speak about the advanced warning system deployed at the Lab's Firehouse.

Outreach:  Grad Student, Postdocs Sought as Lab Tour Guides; $75 Paid for Each Tour

gmailGraduate students and postdocs who want to learn more about the Lab, share that knowledge with the public, and earn some extra cash are invited to become official Berkeley Lab tour guides. The tours take place about once per month and take about two hours to conduct. Sign-ups for training sessions are taking place now. Participants will learn how to communicate scientific research with a lay audience and strengthen their public speaking skills. More>

sattScience at the Theatre: Video of Last Monday's Event Now Online

Those unable to attend last Monday’s presentation of “The House of the Future” at the Berkeley Rep Theatre can now watch it online. Guest speakers Bruce Nordman, Mary Ann Piette, and Iain Walker (pictured) discussed the creation of tomorrow's net-zero energy home using cool roofs, smart windows, and computer-driven energy control systems.

Red WingSafety: Red Wing Shoemobile Onsite Tomorrow

The Red Wing work shoe vendor will be at the Lab tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Lawrence Road near Strawberry Gate. Employees may be required to wear safety shoes to protect from potential hazards. Those working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, may be authorized to purchase safety shoes. More>

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