The current H1N1 ‘Swine’ Flu outbreak is a dynamic situation being closely monitored by the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization). Here’s what we know:
LBNL will continue to follow the development of this outbreak. Currently, employees should take these everyday steps to protect your health:
Blend 110 inquisitive children, an array of cool research labs and a slew of cheerful volunteers eager to share their love of science, and you pretty much have the perfect combination to fire up the imaginations of the daughters and sons visiting the Lab last week for their special day. The event included hands-on experiments, a career fair, lunch and an ice cream social, and first-hand interactions with volunteer scientists around the Lab. To see photographs and videos chronicling the sights and sounds of the day, go here>
As part of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, Berkeley Lab and two U.S. utilities have developed and will lead a technical information exchange program and identification of Best Practices associated with planning, implementation and operation of distribution systems and associated demand-side management programs. The first portion (April 27- 29) will be held at Raleigh, North Carolina and hosted by Progress Energy; the second portion (April 29- May 2) will be hosted by Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco and at the Lab. Jayant Sathaye, Chuck Goldman, Mary Anne Piette and others from EETD will speak about demand-side management. More>
The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Among the new members is Hiroshi Nikaido, a scientist in the structural biology department of the Physical Biosciences Division as well as a professor of biochemistry at UC Berkeley. The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. For the complete list of new members, go here>
In a segment of the documentary series “Eye on the Bay” that aired last Friday, KPIX CBS-5 TV producer David Stoelk interviews physicist Richard Muller and visits the “super-secret” laboratory (well, not at the time—the secrecy came later) on the UC Berkeley campus where, early in 1941, Glenn Seaborg and his colleagues chemically separated plutonium from artificial isotopes they had created with the 60-Inch Cyclotron. View the segment (it starts eight minutes into the video) and take a plutonium trivia quiz on series producer Brian Hackney’s blog.
[New York Times] In a Science column on the marvels of human bones, the New York Times reviews some discoveries and little-known facts about bone growth and structure. Quoting Robert Ritchie, a Berkeley Lab material scientist, the article describes the organization and components of bone that allow it to be both elastic and sturdy.
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