Blog from April, 2011

Announcing Apps4Science

Today we're announcing a new program called Apps4Science. We're looking to the Laboratory community to help share their expertise about the best mobile applications for scientific researchers. Whether it's helping to organize journal research and citations, take laboratory notes, or even gather data, mobile apps have the potential to transform many aspects of Laboratory life.

We're inviting the Laboratory community to share their favorite mobile apps for science with our community.  Just drop us a line at  Tell us 1. The App  2. Why you like it.  and 3. Where to get it and which platforms it's available on.    We'll publish your entries on blog posts on the IT website.

In addition to the satisfaction that comes from sharing your expertise with your colleagues and the fame inherent in being published on the IT website, we'll send a (not paid for by government money) treat to everyone whose work we publish.

Finally, if you're particularly interested in tablet apps, we have a first generation ipad (wifi only) to loan out - we'll give it to you for a month *and* pay for a reasonable number of science-centered apps IF you, in turn, promise to blog weekly during that month on what you've been doing with it.  Drop us a line at and tell us why you'd be a good blogger.

We'll be sharing more apps4science at our first tech petting zoo in mid-May.  More information about that later.

All the posts will be available at  

The Lab's voice mail system will be offline from 7:00 a.m. until
approximately 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th for a system upgrade.
During this time, callers will still be able to dial your extension
but will be unable to leave you messages.  Please click here to read
about some of the new voice mail enhancements soon to come.  For more
information about the upgrade, contact Telephone Services at or ext. 7997.

click here:

IT joined other operations divisions and vendors for the Lab's annual earth day fair on April 20th. Our table featured information about our green(er) data centers initiative, how to configure your computer's power settings, and why personal printers make the pandas sad. For more information about all these initiatives, visit our Greening IT page.

Mathworks will be at the lab on April 26, Bldg 50 auditorium.     Optional advanced registration can be done here



Doug Eastman, Senior Application Engineer

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Registration and sign-in. Walk-ins are welcome.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 1: Data Analysis and Visualization in MATLAB

In this session, we will demonstrate how to acquire, analyze, and visualize data through mathematical, statistical, and engineering functions that support common engineering operations. The session also provides an overview of the MATLAB technical computing environment.

Highlights include

  • Importing data from various sources
  • Performing statistical analysis and curve fitting
  • Automating analysis via MATLAB code generation
  • Building GUIs and generating reports

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Registration and sign-in. Walk-ins are welcome.

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2: How a Differential Equation Becomes a Robot

Expanding the power of MATLAB with Simulink and the Symbolic Math Toolbox

This seminar will show how the suite of MathWorks tools complement and enhance each other, and how when combining them together, the user can unleash the full potential of our complete development environment. Starting from underlying mathematical and physical principles, we will discuss the iterative process of analysis, design and optimization involved in the development and implementation of a real-world practical application. The demonstration example will examine how a simple second order differential equation can evolve into a complex dynamic model of a multi-degree of freedom robotic manipulator that includes the controls, electronics and three-dimensional mechanics of the complete system.

Highlights of the presentation include:

  • Using the MuPad interface in the Symbolic Math Toolbox to create equations of motion
  • Modeling complex electro-mechanical systems using Simulink and the physical modeling libraries
  • Using MATLAB scripts to control and automate the simulation of dynamic models in Simulink
  • Importing three-dimensional mechanisms directly from CAD packages using the SimMechanics translator
  • Using the Control System Toolbox and the Optimization Toolbox directly on your Simulink model
  • Creating virtual reality visualizations and interfacing with external devices using Simulink 3D Animation
  • Prototyping and testing your real-time system directly in hardware with xPC Target
OriginLab Survey

The IT Division is exploring the idea of making OriginLab software available for download on the IT Software site. If you have purchased an Origin license in the past or are thinking about purchasing one in the future, we would like to hear from you. Responses to survey will be viewed through May 6, 2011.  Please click here for survey.

An upgrade to eRoom is planned for Sunday April 17 between 9:30am and 2:30pm. This upgrade will provide support for later versions of IE and Firefox, as well as implement some bug fixes.

Update: eRoom is operational again, as of 12:30pm, April 17.


(1) the eRoom Plugin should work with Firefox 3.6 and IE 8. (Windows XP and Windows 7 - 32 bit and 64 bit). 64-bit Windows 7 requires 32-bit IE 8 which should be installed by default.

(2) On XP with FireFox 3.6 use this URL to upgrade the plugin (version 503.152) if you already had an older one installed and it does not seem to work

(3) On Mac 10.6, eRoom works with Firefox 3.6, 4.0 and Safari 4.0. (no plugin available however).

Reading Lounge

The new Reading Lounge is now open in 54-002, the room underneath the Cafeteria. 

The lounge is currently open Monday – Friday from 6:30 am - 5:00 pm, and is staffed from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Staff can be reached at 495-2176. 

This newly renovated lounge is home to a collection of new books that reflect the new and ongoing work the lab is doing in the fields of carbon sequestration, climate modeling, artificial photosynthesis, solar photovoltaics, energy storage, next generation light source, and others. Laptop alcoves are available along with a fantastic view of Berkeley.  (Please no food; drinks in sealed containers only.)

We hope you can join us for two days of in-depth guidance and instruction on critical computing and network security topics, plus plenty of opportunities to network with your security peers from throughout the University of California. The low registration fee of $95 gives you access to lectures, panel discussions, hands-on labs, breakfasts, lunches and refreshments. Attendees will  also receive an event t-shirt and conference materials. Please visit


Registration is open April 6-May 16, 2011. Pre-registration is required. There will be NO on-site registration for the conference.


Please pre-select the sessions you would like to attend using our online registration system. This system allows us to track session enrollment numbers and move popular sessions to larger spaces, if needed. However, seating in some sessions – particularly the hands-on labs – is limited and many will fill up quickly. In the event of overcrowding, session rosters will be used to guarantee that pre-enrolled attendees are seated. To ensure your seat in the sessions you want to attend most, be sure to register early.


Information on local housing options for out-of-towners is available on the symposium website.


For UCD employees, please enter your departmental fund code.  Other UC campus employees can enter an inter-campus fund transfer code.  Others can use a credit card --- please note the special instructions for
credit card processing.


If you plan to bring a car to campus, please be aware that parking permits are required. Permits from other campuses are accepted. You can also buy UC Davis parking permits at the lot kiosks when you arrive.



Hope to see you here!

2011 IT Security Symposium Planning Committee

Are you running out of space in your office?  Are you moving to a new office?  Is the size of your office being reduced?  Are you responsible for dealing with the records of retiring (or already retired) scientists?  Are you wondering what to do with all the files you are responsible for--which ones need to be kept, which can be archived, and which can be disposed of, all in compliance with Lab and DOE regulations?  This month, as part of Records and Information Management Month (RIMM), you can get the answers to these and other questions by attending a 1.5 hour workshop being put on by the Archives and Records Office, along with the Berkeley Lab Learning Institute (BLI0926).  When?  on Monday, April 18, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 noon.  Where?  in Building 2, Conference Room 100B. Go here to register.



New seminar titles featuring the latest technologies in Mathematica 8 are available to the technical computing community.

Here is what participants are saying:

"The GPU team at Wolfram Research has accomplished a minor
miracle with GPU programming, providing an environment to make it
easier than can be found with any other application to apply it
to problems..."

"There was a complete review of the themes that I was looking

Seminars vary from introductory overviews to advanced specialty
topics and are presented by actual Mathematica developers and
senior technical staff. Below are dates and times of our upcoming
live online seminars. Times are U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
These seminars are free!

S70: GPU Computation Using Mathematica and CUDA
April 4, 2pm PDT

S11: What's New in Mathematica 8
April 5, 7am PDT

S20: Statistics and Data Analysis with Mathematica
April 6, 7am PDT

S24: Working with Imported Data in Mathematica
April 7, 3pm PDT

S25: Image Processing with Mathematica
April 8, 9am PDT

S45: Wavelet Analysis in Mathematica
April 12, 9am PDT

S27: Got Manipulate?
April 12, 3pm PDT

Attend as many seminars as you like. See the complete calendar here: