Rapid Building Energy Modeler: The Key to Fast Energy Efficiency

April 23, 2014

A multi-billion dollar market exists for reducing the energy use of existing buildings, if scientists can only figure out a way to substantially reduce the cost and time required to assess building energy performance, recommend energy performance measures, and identify problems in building operations. This is the goal of RAPMOD, the Rapid Building Energy Modeler, a collaborative project involving UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and engineers at Baumann Consulting. More>

Lab Participates in NASA Earth Day Global Selfie

April 23, 2014

Employees from NERSC, ESNet, the Joint Genome Institute, Earth Sciences, the Molecular Foundry (pictured), and the Advanced Light Source gathered to take selfies as part of NASA’s worldwide celebration of Earth Day yesterday. NASA astronauts brought home the first ever images of the whole planet from space. Now NASA satellites capture new images of Earth every second. For Earth Day they tried to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a collection of portraits of the people of Earth. Check out our full #GlobalSelfie recap on Storify.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier Visits the Lab

April 23, 2014

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who represents southern San Francisco and northern Peninsula communities, recently spent an afternoon at Berkeley Lab. In addition to an overview of the Lab provided by Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, Speier toured the FLEXLAB and the Advanced Light Source. The Congresswoman was elected to the Congress in 2008. Previously she served the residents of the San Francisco Peninsula while on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and later in the California State Assembly and State Senate. In total she has over 29 years of representative public service.

Lab Researchers Win Top Prizes at BERC Cleanweb Hackathon

April 23, 2014

Berkeley Lab researchers were on teams that won three of the top four prizes of the Cleanweb Hackathon 2.0, sponsored by the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC). EETD researchers (pictured) Anna Liao, Daniel Olsen, and Andrew Weber, along with Robert Sadler, won the Grand Prize of the two-day event with their Smarter Sprinkler app, which combines open-source hardware and software to make an intelligent home irrigation schedule. Other winners included Greenvite, a green way to book conference rooms, and DashPower, which gives building managers more capabilities to control energy costs. John Romankiewicz was the lead organizer, and Melissa Summers served as a judge. Go here to learn more about the winners.

DOE Releases 2014 Strategic Plan

April 23, 2014

The Department of Energy recently released its 2014 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency’s core mission of ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The plan is organized into 12 strategic areas aimed at three objectives: science and energy, nuclear security and management and performance. These objectives represent the broad cross-cutting and collaborative efforts taking place across the department’s headquarters, site offices and national laboratories. More>

Michael Wehner Discusses Climate Change on Pacifica Radio

April 23, 2014

The Computational Research Division’s Michael Wehner (left, with earth scientist Bill Collins) was interviewed on Pacifica Radio network show about climate modelling and climate change earlier this month. His interview followed the release of the second part of the most recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Wehner’s segment begins at around the seven-minute mark. More>

First Size-based Chromatography Technique for the Study of Living Cells

April 22, 2014

Jay Groves of the Physical Biosciences Division led the development of the first size-based form of chromatography that can be used to study the membranes of living cells. This unique physical approach to probing cellular membrane structures, which is based on nanodot technology, can reveal information critical to whether a cell lives or dies, remains normal or turns cancerous, that can’t be obtained through conventional microscopy. Working with Groves on this project were Niña Caculitan, Hiroyuki Kai, Eulanca Liu, Nicole Fay, Yan Yu, Theobald Lohmüller and Geoff O’Donoghue. More>

Senator Dianne Feinstein Visits Lab

April 22, 2014

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein visited Berkeley Lab on Tuesday, April 15. As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Feinstein plays an important role in setting funding levels for the Department of Energy. Lab Director Paul Alivisatos hosted the Senator on a tour of the Advanced Light Source where she met with scientists and users from industry and academia, and on a tour of the Molecular Foundry.

Materials Scientist Ashvin Vishwanath Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

April 22, 2014

Ashvin Vishwanath of the Materials Sciences Division is among 178 artists, scientists, and scholars nationally who have been awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim fellowship. Guggenheim fellowships are awarded for “impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment,” and provide funding to further recipients’ work in fields ranging from the natural sciences to the creative arts. Vishwanath was recognized for “Physical Realization of Exotic States of Matter.” Go here to view a complete list of 2014 fellows.

Cal’s Klinman Gives April 28 Talk on ‘After Science There’s Laundry’

April 22, 2014

On Monday, April 28, Judith Klinman, the first woman faculty member in the Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley when she was hired in 1978, will speak and lead a discussion about the evolving role of women in the scientific workplace. In 2000, she began a three-year tenure as the Chemistry Department’s first woman chair. The seminar, co-sponsored by EBI and the UC Berkeley College of Chemistry, is intended as a tribute both to Klinman’s pioneering career achievements that paved the way for other women in the sciences, and to her paradigm-changing work in enzyme catalysis and design. The talk will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at 115 EBB. Lunch is included, but space is limited. Go here to RSVP.