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Friday, May 21, 2010


Lab Employee Wins U.S. Science Festival Jingle Contest

Ryan Miyakawa

The organizers of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, taking place this fall in Washington D.C., hosted a jingle contest for the event, and Berkeley Lab materials scientist Ryan Miyakawa won. He’ll receive $500 and ample broadcasting of his tune “Come and Play at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.” Among the vocalists on the song is Noa Perlmutter, seven-year-old daughter of Lab astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter. Miyakawa’s name may sound familiar…he also penned the catchy YouTube vido hit “Nano Song” for an American Chemical Society contest last year. Go here to listen to the winning tune, and here to watch the accompanying video.

Research: The Promise of Graphene's Plasmarons

plasmaron The energy bands of complex particles known as plasmarons have been seen for the first time by an international team of scientists working with graphene at the Advanced Light Source, led by Aaron Bostwick and Eli Rotenberg. The discovery leads to a new picture of graphene’s already-bizarre electronics and may hasten the day when these crystalline sheets of carbon, just one atom thick, can be used to build ultrafast computers and other electronic, photonic, and plasmonic devices on the nanoscale. More>

People: EETD Researcher Wins Acheson Award

newmanJohn Newman, a researcher with the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) and UC Berkeley professor of chemical engineering, is the 2010 recipient of the Acheson Award by the Electrochemical Society. Newman is the author of more than 390 technical publications and the book Electrochemical Systems, which is used throughout the world as a graduate text in electrochemical engineering. The Edward Goodrich Acheson Award is awarded biennially for distinguished contributions to the advancement of electrochemistry, and includes a gold medal and a prize of $10,000. It is considered the electrochemistry community’s most prestigious award.

iphoneIn The News: Team Turns Cell Phones Into Microscopes

[KGO-TV] There is little argument that the new generation of cell phones is revolutionizing the way people communicate, but could they also save lives? A Berkeley research team believes they can by turning them into high-powered microscopes. Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Dan Fletcher, who heads the project, believes the devices have the potential to stop the outbreak of disease like malaria and tuberculosis. More>

Facilities: Glaser Road Closure This Weekend

To accommodate the delivery of a transformer for the Grizzly Peak Substation, parking along Glaser Road near the substation will be restricted starting tonight, and the road will be closed starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow through Sunday afternoon. Due to the size of the truck and trailer hauling the transformer, and the weight of the cargo, it could take up to a half hour to get from Blackberry Gate to the substation. The truck will not be able to stop during its journey. Flaggers will be on duty to assist pedestrians and traffic as the truck moves along its route. Using caution in these areas.

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