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Friday, August 22, 2008

tablIn The News:  New York Times Video on Energy Features Chu

In his presentation to the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas Tuesday, Google’s Dan Reicher suggested that Enhanced Geothermal Systems, or E.G.S., might well be “the killer app” of clean energy technology. During the summit, New York Times reporter Tom Zeller brought together Reicher, Don O’Shei of AltaRock Energy, and Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu for a video discussion of the exploration of next-generation geothermal technology. More>

People: Two Lab Researchers Among 2008 Young Innovators

Christopher Chang (left), with Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, and Michelle Chang, with the Physical Biosciences Division, are among U.S. researchers under the age of 35 selected as Technology Review Young Innovators. Christopher is working to revolutionize cellular imaging by changing the way biologists tag the molecules they want to see, while Michelle is designing microbes to make fuels and drugs. More>

People: Salmeron Honored With Materials Sciences Award

Miquel Salmeron, with Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, is the recipient of the M.W. Welch Award. He was recognized for “for seminal contributions to the development of surface characterization techniques usable in a variety of environments and their application to catalysis, tribology and related surface phenomena." The award is conferred by AVS (Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces and Processing). More>

Tech Transfer: Courting Venture Capitalists, and the VCs Come Calling

If new efforts by the Lab's Tech Transfer Department pay off, staff may soon be hearing about more startup companies emerging from Berkeley Lab. The Department is reaching out to venture capitalists (VC) in numerous ways, including attendance at a Department of Energy showcase for VCs in Washington, D.C. earlier this month and inviting them to visit the Lab for a mini “entrepreneur-in-residence” program. Some of the efforts are already starting to bear fruit in the area of cleantech research, with two well-known VC firms requesting follow-up visits to the Lab. More>

tablSpecial Event: Asian Association Hosts Autumn Festival Party Today

The Berkeley Lab Asian Association is hosting a mooncake (right) party today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. The event recognizes the traditional Full Moon Autumn Festival, which celebrates the togetherness of families and friends. All employees, their friends and family are invited to attend. Those interested in volunteering can contact Wanli Yang.

IT: Brief Interruption to Network Service Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This Sunday, between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Lab’s IT Division will upgrade a network switch that provides connectivity for many IT-managed services, including web, e-mail (IMAP and SMTP), calendar, and LDAP (central directory and authentication services).  There may be brief, intermittent interruptions to these services during the upgrade.  This work is part of IT Division's regularly scheduled planned server downtime. Contact the Help Desk for more information (xHELP).