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Researchers Learn to Control Graphene with Lasers

New numerical simulations by Berkeley Lab Alvarez Fellow Alexander Kemper and his colleagues at Stanford University reveal how the quantum properties of graphene can be manipulated at ultrafast timescales with femtosecond laser pulses, opening a area of research. More>

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Chombo-Crunch Sinks Its Teeth into Fluid Dynamics

Chombo-Crunch — a computational fluid dynamics and transport code created by Lab scientists — has improved the understanding of the dynamics of geologic carbon sequestration and may lead to new safety measures in the oil and gas industry and aerospace engineering. More>

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Jain, Ushizima Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Anubhav Jain of the Energy Technologies Area and Dani Ushizima of the Computational Research Division will each receive $2.5 million grants over five years to cover year-round salary plus research expenses. The awards seek to support exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. More>

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CRD’s Wehner Featured in National Geographic Story on Extreme Weather

The computational climatologist said extreme weather changes will likely become noticeable with rise of two degrees Celsius in the average global surface temperature, which can trigger large changes to the number of Category 4 and 5 storms, and how strong they are. More>

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CRD’s James Demmel Honored as an ACM Computing Innovator

James Demmel was honored by ACM for his work on numerical linear algebra libraries, including LAPACK (Linear Algebra Package), a standard software library that forms part of the standard mathematical libraries for many vendors. More>

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CRD’s Ann Almgren, Esmond Ng Named as 2015 SIAM Fellows

Ann Almgren and Esmond Ng of the Computational Research Division (CRD) are among the 2015 class of 31 mathematicians named as Fellows of SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. More>

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Lab Leads $100 Million Project on Tropical Forests and Climate Change

Tropical forests play major roles in regulating Earth’s climate, but there are large uncertainties over how they’ll respond over the next 100 years as the planet’s climate warms. A $100 million, multi-institutional project led by Berkeley Lab will combine field research with model development to bring the future of tropical forests and the climate system into much clearer focus. More>

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Between Micro and Macro, Mathematicians Model Fluids at the Mesoscale

The math whizzes at the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering are at the forefront of a neglected corner of the scientific world, building mathematical models for fluids at the mesoscale. The little-known field of fluctuating hydrodynamics could have enormous impacts, from batteries to drug delivery to microfluidic devices. More>

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Climate Change Will Hit America in the Breadbasket, Scientists Say

NBC News recently quoted Michael Wehner of the Computational Research Division in a story about the future of U.S. food production in the face of climate change. Wehner warns of a looming crisis due to shifts in weather patterns. More>

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Quest for Speed Leads CRD’s Ibrahim to Accelerating Supercomputing Applications

As a boy growing up in Egypt, Khaled Ibrahim was fascinated with learning about the things that were the fastest, strongest or biggest, whether it was a car, a horse or even a camel. His dream was to harness that speed. More>

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