According to Bennett, needlecraft has been an excellent introduction to understanding and following lab protocols. Now a research associate in the Biological Systems and Engineering Division, Bennett continues to work and play in the overlapping space between science and art. “I’m constantly surprised by how much creativity is needed in the lab,” she said.
For Thomasson, a creative outlet helps her feel connected with the natural world while also restoring her calm disposition. In her position at Berkeley Lab, Thomasson supports the BSE Division Director and each day is filled with new challenges and surprises. Keeping a level head and an optimistic attitude are key to her success. “In our role, we just have to stay calm,” Thomasson said. “Things change and you have to adapt.”
A new study found that concentrations of toxic chemicals lingering indoors where cigarettes have been smoked can exceed risk guidelines from the State of California. This means that non-smokers can be exposed to health risks by living in contaminated spaces.
BSE Researchers recently published two studies that will help oncologists more precisely understand the state of their patients’ disease or their risk for cancer relapse. As with many diseases, cancer can be challenging to predict and in some cases, impossible to treat. This work, however, is pushing the boundaries of how science and artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to better understand the risks and outcomes of cancer in human health.
Scientists at Berkeley Lab are working to expand our understanding of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Recently, a group in the BSE Division developed a framework that enables the transfer of discoveries derived from mouse models to humans. This success will allow breast cancer researchers to better predict how likely a tumor in humans is to metastasize based on how the corresponding cells in mice behaved.