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Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

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Artist-in-Residence in Alivisatos Lab Creates Nano Colors

Nano Colors

[KQED Quest] Artist Kate Nichols longed to paint with the iridescent colors of the Morpho butterfly, but no such pigments existed. So she became the first artist-in-residence at Berkeley Lab to synthesize nanoparticles and incorporate them into her artwork. Nichols says the idea for creating colors that are not possible to create with paint came by listening to stories about nanotechnology on NPR. She learned that the butterfly wings' brilliant blue color arose through “structural color,” and that nanotechnology could help her obtain this vibrant palette. So she wrote an email to Lab director Paul Alivisatos. More>

Open HouseOpen House: Important Information on Attending, Parking at Oct. 2 Event

Are you planning to come to the Lab’s Open House on Saturday, Oct. 2? If so, registration is required for you and your guests. Lab employees attending the event or working that day must enter the Lab via Blackberry Gate (Strawberry Gate will be closed) and park in any lot except G1, G2, H1, H2, J, K1, K2, N2, Y and Z. Roadways near these lots will also be blocked. Visit the Open House website for complete details. Please note: staff and users working that day don’t need to register. Also, the cafeteria parking lot will be closed all day on Friday, Oct. 1, to accommodate set-up for Open House. The H1 lot, in front of Building 50, will close early that day.

People: Gray Featured in 'Stand Up to Cancer' Videos

GrayLife Sciences Division director Joe Gray is featured in videos that were broadcast Sept. 10 during a one-hour Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) telecast. SU2C is a non-profit organization dedicated to curing this devastating disease. It hastens the pace of groundbreaking cancer research by funding and uniting scientists through Dream Teams and Innovative Research Grants. Gray co-leads a SU2C Dream Team of scientists and clinicians that are seeking to develop new and more effective therapies to fight breast cancer. Go here to view the first, second, and third video featuring Gray.

Green Architecture Special Event: EETD Distinguished Lecture on Green Architecture

The next Environmental Energy Technologies Division Distinguished Lecture takes place Friday, Oct. 1, at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The featured speaker is Joseph Lstiburek of the Building Science Corporation whose talk is entitled "Don't Do Stupid Things—Green Architecture, Engineering and Construction."

UC News: Town Hall on Retirement Changes Today at 10 a.m.

The University of California is conducting an online town hall on proposed retirement benefit changes today from 10 to 11:30 a.m. You can watch from your computer or join other staff in the Building 50 Auditorium to watch a live stream of the discussion.

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