Nov. 12, 2010
Today at Berkeley Lab Website Debuts Monday
This issue of Today at Berkeley Lab is the last to be delivered to staff via e-mail. Starting on Monday, all Lab internal news will be posted on the Today at Berkeley Lab website. While employees will still receive a daily e-mail with headlines for the day’s top stories, readers are encouraged to bookmark the new TABL website and check it frequently, as it will be updated throughout the day as news is generated. Staff can also subscribe to an RSS feed of the publication. The new format offers readers numerous benefits and provides considerable cost savings for Public Affairs. More>
Special Event: ALS Science Cafe Today at Noon
The Advanced Light Source hosts its next science café today at noon in its new location, the second-floor conference room in the User Support Building (Bldg. 15-253), which boasts amazing views. Speakers and topics include: Having a Ball in the Wild World of Fullerenes (Christine Beavers), Nanoscopic Climate Change: Watching Valence Charge Clouds Do Chemistry (Nils Huse), and Stitching X-Rays (Stefano Marchesini). Light refreshments will be provided.
Video Feature: Director's Talk on NGLS Now Available Online
Lab Director Paul Alivisatos gave a science talk on the Next
Generation Light Source earlier this month, which is now available for viewing online. The intent of this presentation was to stimulate more discussion with researchers of the scientific impacts such a source may enable. The NGLS is a key initiative for the future of Berkeley Lab. With the NGLS, experiments that would take months, years, or even decades to complete using today’s light sources could be done within hours or even minutes.
Special Event: Earth Sciences Lecture on Climate Change
Benjamin Santer of Lawrence Livermore Lab will present a talk on Friday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. on "A Life in Climate Science: From Identification of a ‘Discernible Human Influence’ on Climate to Identification of the 'Top Ten' Climate Models." The lecture takes place in the Building 50 Auditorium. Santer will discuss the need for scientists to better explain the human effect on global climate and improving computer models so uncertainties in projections of future climate change can be reduced. The presentation is sponsored by the Earth Sciences Division as part of the its Distinguished Lecture series.
In The News: What's Next in Science?
[New York Times] Scientists can’t say what they’ll be discovering 10 years from now. But they do pay careful attention to the direction in which their fields are moving, and they have some strong hunches about where they are headed in the year ahead. Here are prognostications for science in 2011 from 10 leading figures in 10 widely scattered disciplines, from genomics to mathematics to earth science. Regardless of whether they prove true next year, they offer a glimpse into the kinds of possibilities that get scientists excited. More>
Special Event: UC Berkeley Entrepreneurs' Forum Next Thursday
UC Berkeley will host an entrepreneurs' forum next Thursday, Nov. 18, which will focus on its recent Intel Corporation business plan competition (IBTEC). The event, which takes place in the Haas School of Business's Andersen Auditorium, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a poster session and reception, followed at 6:30 p.m. with a talk by keynote speaker Ajay Bhatt (Intel) and presentations by the competition’s finalists. Student admission is free and registration is required. Those who pre-register will receive one free beer or glass of wine (21 and over). More>
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