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May 19, 2014

Tomorrow: Chemist John Kuriyan Kicks Off NERSC Nobel Keynotes

John Kuriyan—a University of California, Berkeley professor and member of Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus' team— kicks off a distinguished speakers series honoring NERSC's 40th anniversary. His talk, starting at noon in the building 66 auditorium at Berkeley Lab, will be entitled “Molecular Dynamics Simulations and the Mechanisms of Protein Complexes.” Like all speeches in the series, Kuriyan's will be streamed live at http://hosting.epresence.tv/LBL/

The remaining speakers include the following:

Wednesday, May 28: Warren Washington, NCAR
2007 Nobel Prize as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
“The Brief History and Future Development of Earth System Models: Resolution and Complexity”
Berkeley Lab, Bldg. 66 auditorium, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 3: George Smoot, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
“Mapping the Universe”
Berkeley Lab, Bldg. 66 auditorium, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11: Saul Perlmutter, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
“Data, Computation and the Fate of the Universe”
Berkeley Lab, Bldg. 50 auditorium, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Employee Self-Assessment Workshops

As part of the annual employee self-assessment  process, human resources will be holding workshops on the following days (new employees are encouraged to attend):

  • May 19, 1-2pm, Bldg 50B Room 4205 Conference Room
  • May 20, 11-12pm, Bldg 50B Room 4205 Conference Room
  • May 21, 2-3pm, OSF Conference Room 943-238 

You may also attend any of these sessions remotely via the ReadyTalk conferencing system (Call-in number: 1-866-740-1260/ Code: 4952727).

Please contact Marcia Ocon Leimer (mocon_leimer@lbl.gov) with questions.

Save the Date: Arie Shoshani Retirement Celebration

There will be a celebration on Thursday, June 5, 3-5pm,  to recognize the contributions and pending retirement of Arie Shoshani, who has been a significant force in computer science at the Lab for many years. The event will be held in the Lab cafeteria and refreshments will be served. Arie has led his group in Scientific Data Management for the Lab since 1978. He also currently directs the Department of Energy's Scalable Data Management, Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) Institute. Last August, he received Berkeley Lab's Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding record of contributions to the Lab and DOE. Throughout his internationally recognized career, Arie has been an innovator in the development of technology for organizing, managing and analyzing scientific data, and has been at the forefront of many of the technological developments in this area. Please plan to join us on the 5th as we thank Arie for his contributions.

Link of the Week: Scientific Egg Hunt

Martin Stevens of Exeter University in the UK has devised a game to help study selection pressures on real eggs. His "Egglab" game asks the public to act as predators, searching for egg-shapes in photos of likely locales for ground-nesting birds' clutches. Players start by finding eggs with randomly generated camouflage, but the game becomes increasingly more challenging as the more "successful" eggs—those that take longest to spot—are cross-bred. 

»Visit the Egglab to try for yourself.