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Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010


Superconductors of the Future


Every record-holding high-field dipole magnet in the last 15 years was developed by Berkeley Lab’s Accelerator and Fusion Research Division (AFRD), making the Lab the world leader in high-field magnet development for high-energy accelerators. Other applications for superconducting technology include fusion energy, advanced undulators for synchrotron light sources, and compact medical therapy devices. AFRD’s GianLuca Sabbi, Dan Dietderich, Arno Godeke, and Paolo Ferracin are among the researchers evaluating new magnet designs and new superconducting materials, including high-temperature superconductors. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is supporting the construction of a Large Dipole Test Facility to test the advanced designs. More>

Special Event: All-Star Lineup for UC Berkeley Energy Meeting

VolunteersBerkeley Lab’s Paul Alivisatos and Jay Keasling are among an all-star list of presenters at the Philomathia Symposium at Berkeley: Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future, a public symposium on Oct. 1 and 2, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The goal of the two-day event, which is free upon registration, is to lay out the best course of action for a clean, green energy future. Keynote speakers include Ralph Cicerone, President of National Academy of Sciences and Chair of the National Research Council; Chris Field, co-chair of the IPCC’s Working Group Two; Arun Majumdar, Director of DOE’s ARPA-E; Arthur Rosenfeld and Dian Grueneich, California PUC; and Steven Koonin, DOE’s Under Secretary for Science. More>

Special Event: 'In Conversation' With The Sounds of Science

GravityThe Sounds of Science, the vocal group that created the award-winning video “The Nano Song,” will present a live performance of the tune this Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. The playful puppets featured in the video will be included. The event is part of the “In Conversation With…” series sponsored by the Materials Sciences Division and hosted by Alice Egan. Sounds of Silence band members include Lab employee Ryan Miyakawa and guest Patrick Bennett.

World of Science: World Bank Appoints Clean Energy 'Czar'

Volunteers[Reuters] The World Bank last week said it has appointed a California professor to lead its efforts to foster growth of alternative energy programs in developing countries. Daniel Kammen, an energy professor at UC Berkeley, will be chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency, the bank said. More>

Health Services: No Building 26 Parking Due to Construction

Employees who have signed up for the free diabetes testing tomorrow, or need to visit Health Services in Building 26 for other reasons, are reminded that there is no parking available in the lot adjacent to the building, due to nearby construction activities.

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