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July 23, 2012

DOE Office of Science Accepting Proposals for Early Career Awards

The Office of Science of the Department of Energy has announced the fiscal year 2013 Early Career Research Program. The Early Career Research Program, now in its fourth year, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers. The Office of Science is inviting proposals for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).

Preproposals are required and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 6, 2012 (Eastern time). The preproposal should be created as a pdf file and submitted electronically through the DOE Office of Science Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) website at https://pamspublic.science.energy.gov/. Read More.


New Computer Model Pinpoints Prime Materials for Carbon Capture

With help from NERSC's Petascale Initiative postdoctoral fellow Jihan Kim and the DIRAC GPU testbed, researcher Berend Smit at the University of California, Berkeley and the Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division, developed computer model to screen solid materials for cost-effectively capturing carbon emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants. The new model shows that the parasitic energy costs of carbon capture could be reduced by 30 percent with the use of more efficient materials. Read the full story.


ESnet takes to Social Networking with New Facebook Fan Page

Become a Facebook fan of ESnet and get all of the latest news about the Department of Energy's scientific research, and Berkeley Lab's Scientific Networking Division.

Also for all the latest news about CRD, NERSC and ESnet, become a fan of Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences and the NERSC pages.


ESnet has Posting for Deputy Director of Operations

In the upcoming year, the Scientific Networking Division will embark on a series of challenges: expanding its program in applied research, development and innovation; building stronger intellectual ties with UC Berkeley; developing a service model for non-DOE science partners; optimizing and automating numerous business processes; and completing the deployment of the world's first 100 Gigabit-per-second network at continental scale.

As a result, the Division is seeking an exceptionally competent, flexible and energetic Deputy Director for Operations to build a sound business-process foundation for all of its activities. The successful candidate will report to the Division Director and oversee a small team of professional and administrative staff.
Read the posting.


Study: Get Up from Your Desk, Get Moving, Get Healthier— and Smarter

(Posted at the suggestion of Computing Sciences EH&S Liaison Betsy MacGowan.) If you sometimes feel brain dead at your desk, your desk may be partly to blame. Getting up and walking around is just exercise for your body, but a new study shows it can also help your brain work better. As reported in Inc. magazine, Sabine Schaefer, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany, recently looked at the effect of walking on working memory. Your mother may have warned you not to walk and chew gum at the same time, but when Schaefer compared the performance of both children and young adults on a standard test of working memory when they were sitting with when they were walking, her results contradicted mom's advice. The British Psychological Society's Research Digest sums up the research results.

According to the New York Times, scientists discovered that when we sit all day, "electrical activity in the muscles drops ... leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects," and sadly even getting regular doses of exercise doesn't offset the damage. But now there's new evidence of the harm of sitting. Not only is it making you fatter, it might also be making you dumber.



About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are DOE Office of Science User Facilities.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.