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Archives for October 2015

Chu Hall Receives ‘Best Projects’ Award From Engineering Magazine

Chu Hall – Solar Energy Research Center is being recognized this year from Engineering News Record’s Best Projects Awards in the Higher Education/Research category- California Region. An
ENR Best Projects Award is considered one of commercial construction’s most prestigious and coveted honors. More>

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Molecular Foundry on Capitol Hill

The Molecular Foundry’s Jeff Neaton and Branden Brough, Ambika Bumb with Bikanta, UCLA’s Chris Regan, and Government Affair’s Don Medley briefed members of Congress and staff on how nanoscale science drives innovations across many fields and the key role of DOE’s Nanoscale Research Centers. Rep. Zoe Lofgren blogged about the meeting.

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ETA Researchers Discuss Alternative Food Production Via Webinar

The webinar will explore the value of a “food machine,” e.g., a technology that could quickly and reliably convert inedible material such as carbon dioxide and water, fossil fuels, or plant fiber, into something with human nutritional value. Speakers include Jeff Greenblatt and Hanna Breunig of the Energy Technologies Area. The webinar takes place Nov. 2 at 9 a.m.

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National Call to Harness Microbes for Health, Energy, and Environment

Nearly fifty scientists from Department of Energy national laboratories, universities, and research institutions have proposed a national effort called the Unified Microbiome Initiative. The scientists call for the initiative in a policy forum published Oct. 30, in the journal Science. More>

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Director Launches Vehicle Access Fee Program

To help minimize the environmental impact of commuting to work and enhance the use of alternative transportation options, employees will be charged to access the Lab in a vehicle. A sliding scale based on income will be used to determine fees. The program will be phased in over the next several months, starting next month. More>

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10 Scalable Solutions for Climate Change Presented at UC Summit

The solutions provide a practical framework that outlines immediate and longer-term actions for staving off catastrophic climate change. Among the immediate efforts is reduction of short-lived climate pollutants, or SLCPs. The Lab’s Bill Collins, who participated in the summit, says SLCP’s actions can be ameliorated in the earth’s atmosphere very quickly. More>

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2015 ITRI-Rosenfeld Fellowship Winners Announced

Three outstanding postdoctoral fellows were recently announced as the winners of the 2015 ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Energy Technologies Area. The fellowship honors the contributions of Art Rosenfeld and his work toward the advancement of energy efficiency on a global scale. More>

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Women and Investing Workshop Part II on Nov. 5

Sponsored by the Women Scientists and Engineers Council and the Diversity & Inclusion Office, the event takes place at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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On the Road to Adsorbed Natural Gas Vehicles

Materials scientist Jeff Long led the development of a unique metal–organic framework (MOF) that features flexible gas-adsorbing pores, giving it a high capacity for storing methane. This capability has the potential to help make the driving range of an adsorbed-natural-gas (ANG) car comparable to that of a typical gasoline-powered car. More>

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Four Lab Researchers Receive APS Prizes

Roger Falcone (ALS) received the John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research, I-Yang Lee (NSD) the Tom Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics, Remi Lehe (ATAP) the Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Computational Physics Doctoral Thesis, and Eli Yablonovitch (MSD) the Oliver Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize. More>

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