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October 2014
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  1. BERA Asian Pacific American Association Event

    4 pm, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Bldg. 735

    Hosted by: Susan Wong

    The BERA Asian Pacific American Association (APAA) invites all to attend the Award Ceremony for the 10th annual Dr. Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship. The award of $1,000 will be presented to Ms. Meng Yang, a graduate student at the Stony Brook University Department of Chemistry studying for a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Ms. Yang's focus is in the field of Structural Biochemistry and Protein Science applied to the identification of new protein structural motifs that are important for cholesterol metabolism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The APAA established the Dr. Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship to commemorate the life and career of Dr. Lin, who was a distinguished scientist at the Energy Sciences and Technology Department. In honor of Dr. Lin's research, remarkable achievements, and inventions, this scholarship is granted annually to a student of Asian heritage with a U.S. student visa matriculating toward a doctorate in Environmental & Energy Technology, Biology, or Chemistry at an accredited institution of higher education on Long Island, including Brooklyn and Queens, in remembrance of the manner in which Dr. Lin began his career. Ms. Yang will be introduced by her advisor, Dr. Nicole Sampson, followed by a brief overview of her current research. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 2nd at 4:00 p.m., at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) 2nd floor Seminar Room, Bldg. 735. Refreshments will follow the presentation. For more information, contact Susan Eng Wong, Ext. 7988.

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  1. Community Advisory Council Meeting

    6:30 pm, Berkner Hall, Room B

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  1. BSA Distinguished Lecture

    4 pm, Berkner Hall Auditorium

    Hosted by: Peter Wanderer

    Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world's first x-ray free electron laser, was successfully commissioned at SLAC in 2009. Scientists from around the world have been exploring the use of this extraordinary light source for the last five years. In this talk, I will provide an overview of the progress, from our understanding of the source to scientific discoveries made and the future plan of LCLS.

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  1. Suffolk County Planning Federation

    3:30 pm, Berkner Hall Auditorium

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  1. BSA Noon Recital

    12 pm, Berkner Hall Auditorium

    Hosted by: Brookhaven Science Associates

  2. Instrumentation Division Seminar

    2:30 pm, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 535

    NSLS-II is building a suite of new instruments for a range of applications. The Photon Science Detector Group has been working with the beamline scientists to develop new detectors closely aligned with their experimental needs. The talk will briefly describe these projects and the scientific techniques for which they are intended.

  3. Brookhaven Lecture

    4 pm, Berkner Hall Auditorium

    Hosted by: Thomas Watson

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  1. Brookhaven Women In Science (BWIS) Event

    4:30 pm, Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Hosted by: Vivian Stojanoff

    Contacts: Jane Koropsak, (631) 344-4909 or Peter Genzer, (631) 344-3174 Visual Neuroscientist Susana Martinez-Conde to talk on "Neuromagic" at Brookhaven Lab, 10/23 Susana Martinez-Conde, director of the Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience, SUNY Down State Medical Center, will give a talk at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., in the Physics Department Large Conference Room, Building 510A. Sponsored by Brookhaven Women in Science, the event is free and open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory 16 and older must bring a photo I.D. Susana Martinez-Conde is the co-founder of an exciting new discipline: neuromagic. The implications of neuromagic"as this emerging research field is being called"go beyond illuminating our behavior; early research points to new approaches from the diagnosis of autism to marketing techniques and education. In her talk titled "Sleights of Mind" she will talk about her worldwide studies exploring magic and how its principles apply to our behavior. Illusions are perceptual experiences that do not match physical reality. The study of illusions is critical to understanding the basic brain mechanisms of sensory perception, as well as to curing various neural diseases. Martinez-Conde will discuss how the theory and practice used by magicians and illusionists can contribute to the investigation of the brain's powers of observation. Magic tricks can be cognitive illusions that fool the hardwired processes of attention and awareness in the human brain. The illusion community studying these techniques includes visual scientists, ophthalmologists, neurologists, painterpainters, mathematicians and graphic designers"all of whom may use a variety of methods to unveil the underpinnings of illusory perception.

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  1. Photon Sciences Town Meeting

    1 pm, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 703

    Hosted by: Photon Sciences Users' Executive Committee

    The Photon Sciences staff and user community are invited to a Town Meeting on Tuesday, October 28, from 1-3 p.m. in the Large Conference Room, Bldg. 703. Watch webcast at 1p.m. by clicking http://www.bnl.gov/video/.

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  1. Chemistry Department Symposium

    9 am, Hamilton Seminar Room, Bldg. 555

    Hosted by: Alex Harris

    Symposium to be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory to honor Late Senior Chemist Emeritus, Carol Creutz On the morning of Wednesday, October 29 a half-day symposium will be held in the Hamilton Seminar Room, Chemistry Building, 555 to honor the science contributions of Carol Creutz, who had a 41 year career in the Brookhaven Chemistry Department. Creutz was a leader in research on photocatalysis to convert solar energy to fuels, working in the DOE Solar Photochemistry program for most of her Brookhaven career. The symposium will honor Creutz's scientific contributions with presentations by several of Creutz's former collaborators and colleagues. Creutz was a leader in the study of molecular transition metal complexes, which have a rich and varied chemistry including the ability to catalyze important chemical reactions. Many such complexes also absorb visible light strongly, and some can drive chemical reactions to store the light energy as chemical energy. Such processes are similar to the photosynthesis of green plants, which uses sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into high energy sugars. Creutz was active in the worldwide effort to create an equivalent solar-to-fuels process for human needs. She particularly focused on both light-driven and chemical processes that caused the loss or gain of electronic charge in transition metal complexes, and which could use the resulting changes in oxidation state to reduce or oxidize other molecules. These 'reduction-oxidation' processes are central to many modern solar-to-fuels schemes. The symposium speakers will discuss research directions pioneered in Creutz's work and how they have been foundations for modern research in inorganic chemistry and solar-to-fuels conversion. Carol Creutz came to BNL as a Research Associate in 1972, proceeded through the ranks to tenured chemist (1978) and Senior Chemist (1989). She was also Chair of

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  1. BECS Department Seminar

    11 am, John Dunn Seminar Room, Bldg. 463

    Hosted by: John Shanklin

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  1. BECS Department Seminar

    11 am, John Dunn Seminar Room, Bldg. 463

    Hosted by: John Shanklin

    The potential for plant oils to replace fossil oil in chemical industry is immense, due to the similarities in the chemical structures. Optimized plant oils for industrial uses do not only replace the fossil material contained in the final product but also save energy and investment costs in the processing. To realize the full potential of plant oils for industrial uses, the use of genetic engineering is a must. Great progresses have been done during the last decade in genetic engineering plant oil qualities for industrial uses. However these qualities are still far from being commercialized and there are many hurdles to overcome to achieve this. I will in this talk outline a roadmap showing how these hurdles can be dealt with by the Scientific Community in order for agriculture and chemical industry to adapt this technology, in benefit for the rural society and environment.

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    Tuesday

    Office of Educational Programs Event

    "Sci-Ed day"

    8 am, Berkner Hall Auditorium

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 8:00 am

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    7

    Friday

    Biological, Environmental, & Climate Sciences (BECS) Department Seminar

    "Plant Systems Biology: From Predictive Network Modeling to Trait Evolution"

    Presented by Gloria M. Coruzzi, Department of Biology, Center for Genomics & Systems Biology, New York University, New York, NY

    11 am, John Dunn Seminar Room, Bldg. 463

    Friday, November 7, 2014, 11:00 am

    Hosted by: Ben Babst

    Main Research Interests — Dr. Coruzzi's lab initiated systems biology approaches in Arabidopsis and other species to study gene regulatory networks. Using network integration and machine-learning approaches, her lab generated the first dynamic and predictive regulatory networks in plants, a hallmark of Systems Biology. These networks uncovered novel hypotheses including nutrient control of the clock, and a Hit-and-Run transcription model. These informatic tools are embodied in a systems-biology enabling software platform VirtualPlantv1.3 (www.virtualplant.org), developed with NYU's Courant Inst. of Mathematical Sci. Dr. Coruzzi also leads a collaborative NSF Plant Genome Project - "Comparative Genomics of Seed Evolution" with co-PIs at the NY Botanical Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, and CSHL. This generated the largest genome-scale phylogeny of 150 seed plants, the BigPlantv1.0 matrix (http://nypg.bio.nyu.edu/bp/) available as an interactive browser, "PhyloBrowser." This resource enables researchers to explore the genomic underpinnings of plant diversification across a wide range of species. Selection of four major recent publications: [1]Para A, Li Y, Marshall-Colon A, et al., and Coruzzi GM (2014) Hit-and-run transcriptional control by bZIP1 mediates rapid nutrient signaling in Arabidopsis. PNAS 111(28):10371-6. [2]Ruffel S, Krouk G, Ristova D, et al., and Coruzzi GM (2011) Nitrogen economics of root foraging: Transitive closure of the nitrate-cytokinin relay and distinct systemic signals for N supply vs. demand. PNAS 108(45):18524-9. [3]Lee EK, Cibrian-Jaramillo A, Kolokotronis S-O, et al., Coruzzi G, and DeSalle R (2011) A functional phylogenomic view of the seed plants. PLoS Genetics 7(12):e1002411. [4]Krouk G, Mirowski P, et al., and Coruzzi GM (2010) Predictive network modeling of the high-resolution dynamic plant transcriptome in response to nitrate. Genome Biology 11(12):R123.

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    Thursday

    Workshop

    "Short Course: Methods and Applications of X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy"

    9 am, Berkner Hall, Room B

    Thursday, November 13, 2014, 9:00 am

  4. NOV

    14

    Friday

    Workshop

    "Short Course: Methods and Applications of X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy"

    9 am, Berkner Hall, Room B

    Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:00 am

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    15

    Saturday

    Workshop

    "Short Course: Methods and Applications of X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy"

    2:45 pm, Berkner Hall, Room B

    Saturday, November 15, 2014, 2:45 pm

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    Thursday

    Young Researcher Symposium

    "3rd Annual Young Researcher Symposium (YRS2014)"

    9 am, Berkner Hall Auditorium

    Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:00 am

    Hosted by: Christina Swinson

    YRS 2014 will bring together early career researchers (postdocs and graduate students) from a wide range of disciplines across BNL to exchange information and practice presenting their research work in a supportive scientific environment. This event will showcase the high value that young researchers bring to BNL through their research accomplishments and provide them an opportunity to explore potential research collaborations across the laboratory. Furthermore, it offers an excellent platform to demonstrate cutting edge BNL research activities to external audiences. Participation in this event is open to all BNL postdocs and graduate students. The entire lab community and external guests from DOE and neighboring institutions are invited to attend. The program includes both oral and poster presentations by BNL postdocs and graduate students, a career panel, and a reception.