Today at Berkeley Lab

Planck Collaboration Wins 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize

The Planck Team — which includes researchers in the Lab’s Computational Research and Physics divisions — has been awarded the 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize. The prize honors “groundbreaking work in the fields of cosmology, genetics, and neuroscience that inspires and enables fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.” More>

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Lab Honored for Work on Zero Net Energy Buildings

Berkeley Lab was recently honored with a Green Leadership Award at the 12th Annual Green California Summit in Sacramento. The Lab’s Energy Technologies Area was highlighted for innovative breakthroughs in the energy efficiency category for research aimed at helping California meet its zero net energy building goals, while ensuring adequate indoor air quality and ventilation. More>

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Berkeley Chemists Win Prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Awards

The award winners include Christopher Chang, John Hartwig, Daniel Neumark, and Dean Toste, all with the Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, and who hold joint appointments at UC Berkeley. The Royal Society of Chemistry chooses award winners for the originality and impact of their research, or for their contributions to the chemical sciences industry or chemistry education. More>

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Vetri Velan Wins APS Award; Honorable Mention for Peter Madigan

Vetri Velan of the Physics Division won the Graduate Instrumentation Research Award from the GIRA program for his proposal on “Measurement of Light and Heat Signal Yields in Superfluid 4He With Calorimetric Readout.” GIRA was established by the American Physical Society. Peter Madigan, also with the Physics Division, won an honorable mention for his proposal. More>

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Lab-Affiliated Scientists Elected as National Academy of Sciences Members

Kristie Boering, Judith Campisi, Ehud “Udi” Isacoff, and Michael Manga are among the group of 84 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Boering, Isacoff, and Manga are also professors at UC Berkeley. More>

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Software System Award Honors Project Jupyter Team

The team behind Project Jupyter — an effort pioneered by Fernando Pérez, a staff scientist in the Usable Software Systems Group in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division and an assistant professor of statistics at UC Berkeley  — has been honored with an Association of Computing Machinery Software System Award for developing a tool that has had a lasting influence on computing. More>

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Application Period Open for UC Global Food Initiative Fellowship

This fellowship, funded by the UC Global Food Initiative, offers University of California graduate students the opportunity to plan, engage, and implement international projects in developing countries that address global challenges in agriculture and food systems. Deadline to express interest is May 28. More>

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Early Career LDRD Spotlight: Zach Marshall Searches for Supersymmetry

With funding from an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development award announced last November, Zach Marshall of the Physics Division and his team are building a powerful super-scheduling platform that will help particle physicists from CERN to Daya Bay process more data faster without investing in costly new computing infrastructure. More>

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Early Career LDRD Spotlight: Hanna Breunig on Turning Waste Into Fuel

With funding from an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) award, Hanna Breunig of the Energy Technologies Area is looking for affordable ways to clean and store methane-containing emissions. She will use the funds to create a new research program that connects industry and policymakers. More>

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Tech Institute Gives Posthumous Achievement Award to Former Lab Researcher

As part of its annual alumni awards, the Illinois Institute of Technology posthumously bestowed its lifetime achievement award to Robert Bragg (scroll to seventh entry). . In 1969, Bragg accepted a joint appointment with Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. At the time, he was one of only six African American faculty members on campus. He passed away last October at the age of 98. More>

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