Today at Berkeley Lab

JGI Casts Light on ‘Dark Ocean’-Dwelling Bacteria’s Role in Carbon Capture

Enabled in part by the Joint Genome Institute’s Community Science Program, a team led by researchers from the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences identified the most abundant and globally distributed nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB) in the oceans through single-cell genomics and community meta-omics. As reported in Science, they also calculated the NOB’s contribution toward trapping carbon beneath the sunlit waters. More>

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Etosha Cave Named a 7×7 ‘Hot 20’ Bay Area Innovator

7×7 Magazine recently recognized Opus 12 Chief Science Officer Etosha Cave of the Lab’s Cyclotron Road for her efforts to develop an industrial-scale reactor that has the power of 37,000 trees to upcycle carbon dioxide waste into useful (and profitable) fuels, chemicals, and plastics that are typically generated from petroleum. More>

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Neslihan Taş Featured in The Scientist

The December issue of The Scientist discusses how work done by Neslihan Taş of the Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division will help predict how the Arctic is responding to climate change – and the global effects of those changes. More>

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Fall Intern Poster Session on Dec. 7

The work of 28 interns who spent the fall participating in the BLUR, CCI, and SULI internship programs will be on display during a poster session from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria on Thursday, Dec. 7. The interns, who were hosted by the Workforce Development & Education office, worked with world-class scientists and engineers on projects related to the Lab’s cutting-edge research programs.

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Biosciences’ Dernburg and Nogales Named ASCB Fellows

Biosciences’ Abby Dernburg and Eva Nogales have been selected as 2017 Fellows of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon ASCB members by their peers. The award is a lifetime recognition of meritorious efforts to advance cell biology and/or its applications, work in service to the Society, and ongoing loyalty to ASCB. More>

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Lab Hosts Strategic Growth Council Discussion of Draft Research Plan

On Monday, Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell hosted leaders of California’s Strategic Growth Council and Bay Area universities and national labs to discuss the Council’s draft plan governing $11 million in climate- and energy-related research funding. The new program represents the first time that California’s greenhouse gas reduction fund revenues will be used to support research. More>

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‘Mind Tricks and Perspectives’ Videos and Inclusion Challenge Now Available

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office has launched a Lab-wide inclusion program called “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation.” The DEI Office, along with the Diversity and Inclusion Council, invites all Lab employees to watch the inclusion videos and join the inclusion conversation challenge. This month’s theme is “Mind Tricks and Perspectives” featuring Dr. Steve Robbins. More>

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Bay Area District Staffers From Congressional and State Legislative Offices Visit the Lab

Bay Area district staff from congressional and California state legislative offices visited Berkeley Lab yesterday for briefings and tours. The visit provided the staffers with a deeper understanding about the Lab’s priorities, initiatives, and projects, and showed how the Lab’s scientists and engineers are working every day to develop innovative solutions to the nation’s biggest energy and environmental challenges.

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Lab Launches Early Career Development LDRDs, and Early Career Enrichment Program

Berkeley Lab is launching two efforts to help early career scientists further their research at the Lab, and to bring together a diverse group of scientists at a formative state in their careers. More>

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New Catalyst Gives Artificial Photosynthesis a Big Boost

A research team including Berkeley Lab scientists has created a new catalyst on the path toward artificial photosynthesis – a system that would use renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide into stored chemical energy. More>

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