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Archives for July 2017

Director’s Message: Update on Federal Budget Process

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved separate versions of the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that funds the Department of Energy.The House version of the FY 18 appropriations bill would fund the Office of Science at FY 17 levels, while the Senate version would increase funding by 3%. In broad summary, the total funding to the Lab next year will probably be close to what it is this year. More>

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New Light-Activated Catalyst Grabs CO2 to Make Ingredients for Fuel

Scientists have created a “spongy,” light-activated material that converts carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, which can be further turned into liquid fuels and other useful products without generating unwanted byproducts. This development could help mitigate levels of a potent greenhouse gas while generating solar-powered fuel. More>

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Science & Snacks Featured at Computing’s Summer Student Poster Session

Staff are invited to the Computing Sciences Summer Student program poster session from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, August 3, in Wang Hall (Bldg. 59) room 3101. Enjoy light snacks, recognize the work of tomorrow’s scientists, and maybe even learn something new. Computational Research Division, ESnet and NERSC staff mentor Computing summer students. More>

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JBEI’s Mortimer Participates in World Economic Forum Meeting

Jenny Mortimer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Biosciences Area recently participated in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, alongside global business and political leaders. This year’s theme was the inclusive growth in the fourth industrial revolution. Mortimer participated at a press conference entitled “Young, Talented and Fighting for Science.” More>

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Discovery Enables PET Scans to See More, Broadens Insight on Catalysts

Researchers have found a surprisingly versatile workaround to create chemical compounds that could prove useful for medical imaging and drug development. The chemical mechanism, discovered by Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists, could also broaden our understanding of basic chemical reaction processes involving common helpers, called catalysts, like copper and gold. More>

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EESA’s Hubbard, Torn, Named 2017 American Geophysical Union Fellows

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow program selects members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences. Susan Hubbard is being honored for her fundamental contributions to hydrology using new geophysical methods. Margaret Torn is being recognized for her groundbreaking research on soil carbon cycling.

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Improved Air Conditioners to Reduce Climate Change Pollutants

The New York Times recently featured a report by ETA’s Nihar Shah, which reviews the regulatory frameworks, energy efficiency standards, and labeling programs in 18 countries that account for roughly 65% of global AC demand. Shah previously found that improvements could roughly double the 89.7 gigatons of expected emissions savings from switching refrigerant alone. More>

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Postdocs Run in SF Marathon to Raise Funds for Postdoc Association

Leen Alawieh, Protonu Basu, Jarrod McClean, and Jana Voříšková were among the finishers of the San Francisco Marathon, which took place July 23. The runners used the race as a fundraiser for the Lab’s Postdoc Association, via the Berkeley Lab Foundation. McClean is leaving the Lab to continue work on quantum computing for Google.

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NIH Awards $9.3M for Further Development of Structural Biology Software

PHENIX, a software suite launched 17 years ago at Berkeley Lab to automate the analysis of structural biology data, has received $9.3 million from the National Institutes of Health for continued development. The grant will support the use of PHENIX to build and refine models to solve three-dimensional macromolecular structures. More>

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DOE Oppenheimer Leadership Program Participants Visit the Lab

The DOE’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program develops the next generation of leaders in the science and energy fields. The initiative brings together exceptional early- and mid-career professionals who have the potential to contribute significantly to DOE’s work. The 2017 cohort recently visited the Lab, touring the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry (pictured).

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