Today at Berkeley Lab

Sean Peisert Co-Leads DOE Project to Increase Power Grid Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity experts Sean Peisert of Berkeley Lab and Jamie Van Randwyk of Livermore Lab are leading a new program to develop data analysis methods to better protect the nation’s power grid. The project is part of the Department of Energy’s $220 million, three-year Grid Modernization Initiative launched in January 2016. More>

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Materials Discoveries: Don’t Dump the Past

Materials discoveries are typically driven by their potential for industrial and commercial applications. In a new Perspective article, Nils Zimmermann and Maciej Haranczyk unravel trends in zeolite discoveries. They find that current efforts in the field look similar to past trends that were little effective in establishing new mature technologies. More>

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Scientists Grapple Over Extent Humans Are Making Extreme Weather Worse

Attribution science seeks to help people in positions of power make decisions about adapting to a changing world. Scientists study a class of events, and assess whether past human actions have increased their risk. However, sometimes, humans don’t play a role, says the Lab’s Dáithí Stone. More>

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New Mathematics Accurately Captures Liquids and Surfaces Moving in Synergy

Researchers in the Computational Research Division have developed a new mathematical framework that allows fluid dynamics to be captured at unprecedented detail. The work could be used in a range of applications, such as optimizing the shape of a propeller blade and the ejection of ink droplets in printers. More>

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Apply to Summer Data Science Workshop

Graduate students and postdocs interested in pursuing a career in data science are invited to attend the CDIPS data science workshop July 9-30. The workshop includes mentors from Uber, Pandora, Square, Google and others, talks on transitioning from academia, and a closing dinner with former Amazon chief scientist Andreas Weigend. Application deadline is May 20.

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Chemistry Consortium Seeks to Understand Actinides

Bert de Jong of the Computational Research Division talks about his work to understand how to change and control an element’s oxidation state — or how many electrons an atom can shed or add or change its charge — using resources at DOE’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. researchers hope to extract radioactive elements from the environment or waste storage tanks. More>

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Space Exploration: The Future is Now

The Lab’s David Bailey co-wrote an opinion piece for the Huffington Post on the future of space travel, including nanocraft to explore Alpha Centauri, plans for forming a Mars colony, and advanced propulsion technology, and the impact these developments may have on Fermi’s paradox. More>

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CRD’s Xiaoye ‘Sherry’ Li Named 2016 SIAM Fellow

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics recognized Li for advances in the development of fast and scalable sparse matrix algorithms and fostering their use in large-scale scientific and engineering applications. More>

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Lab Scientists Contribute to NAS Report on Extreme Weather and Climate

Scientists in the Lab’s CASCADE project contributed to a National Academy of Sciences report on “Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change.” Chris Paciorek (EEAS) is a committee member on the report. Michael Wehner and Daithi Stone (both with CRD) participated in a workshop that contributed to the report. More>

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Tool Developed to Help Manage Deluge of ATLAS Data

Researchers working on ATLAS, one of the largest experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, have benefited from an updated workflow management tool developed by computing’s Paolo Calafiura and Vakhtang Tsulaia of the Physics Division. More>

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