Real soils can (and should be?) be studied as complex systems, by considering critical interactions and feedbacks between physical, geochemical, hydraulic and biological processes. The Sept. 3 to 5 “Complex Soil Systems” conference — hosted by the Earth Sciences Division — will make a unique contribution to integrated soil sciences by addressing fundamentals and bridging gaps in the current scientific knowledge. The conference will consist of oral and poster presentations and group discussions, abstract proceedings published online, and a welcome reception. A synthesis of the concepts discussed at the conference will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Go here to request additional information.
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The Joint Genome Institute ninth annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting agenda has been posted. Register now and submit poster abstracts by March 3. Short talks will be selected from these submissions. Keynote speakers include Stephen Quake of Stanford University and Annalee Newitz of science news website io9. State-of-the-art presentations by invited speakers on microbial, fungal and plant genomics, as well as metagenomics. In addition, tutorials on genomic informatics, data management, and new genomic technologies. The meeting runs from March 18 to 20. More>
Can more accurate climate models help us understand extreme weather events? Can we use synthetic biology to create better biofuels? These questions, and the ongoing search for Dark Matter, were just some of the presentations by Berkeley Lab researchers at this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting held last week in Chicago. This year’s theme was “Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation.” More>
A daylong symposium on Friday, Feb 14, will highlight life scientist Ken Downing’s remarkable contributions to the growing field of cryo-electron microscopy and feature international investigators who have worked with Downing over the years or received direct training from him. Downing’s 37-year career at Berkeley Lab has spanned an amazing range of widely recognized accomplishments in electron microscopy and related topics. Registration for this free event is required by Friday, Feb. 7. Go here to RSVP and for additional information.
Lab employees are invited to attend “A Celebration of Science and Technology,” Feb. 4 and 5, during the 2014 NERSC User Group annual meeting. The event kicks off NERSC’s 40th anniversary celebration and includes a dedication of NERSC’s newest supercomputer. Horst Simon and Kathy Yelick, NERSC Director Sudip Dosanjh, and other prominent scientists will offer their perspectives on the past, present and future of NERSC and its contributions to the supercomputing community. All talks take place in the Building 50 Auditorium. A reception will be held in the Lab Cafeteria on Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. Go here for more information and to register.
This weekend Berkeley will host the West Coast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, a three-day event designed to encourage attendees to pursue careers in a field where women are still a minority. Talks, panel discussions, lab tours and a career fair will be held at UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the three co-hosts. The conference, which will draw nearly 170 women from the western U.S. who major in physics and related fields, is one of eight concurrent regional conferences sponsored by the American Physical Society that attract about 1,000 women nationwide. Speakers include 2011 Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter and physicist Frances Hellman. The video features Gabriel Orebi Gann, a UC Berkeley physics professor and Lab scientist in the Nuclear Sciences Division. More>
JGI’s Annual User Meeting, Genomics of Energy and Environment, will take place March 18-20. Keynote speakers include Annalee Newitz of io9 and Steve Quake of Stanford University. Topics include microbial genomics, fungal genomics, metagenomics, and plant genomics, genome editing, natural products, pathway engineering, synthetic biology, high-throughput functional genomics, and societal impact of technological advances. State-of-the-art presentations by invited speakers as well as short talks selected from poster abstracts. In addition, there will be tutorials on genomic informatics, data management, and new genomic technologies. More>
[BBC News] Speaking at the American Geophysical Union meeting recently, Berkeley Lab earth scientist Michael Manga reported that he and colleagues had used an interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) technique to assess the evolution of the Lusi mud volcano eruption in Indonesia. They concluded that the system is quickly losing pressure and should be “more or less” over by 2017. More>
[USA Today] Magnets that make refrigerators more efficient? Mushroom and hemp insulation? These ideas may seem far-fetched, but recent breakthroughs and exhibits at last month’s GreenBuild in Philadelphia — the annual meeting of the U.S. Green Building Council — reveal dozens of nifty products that are new or will soon be released. Among the technologies featured were smart windows, which uses a thin coat of nanocrystals to modify sunlight as it passes through the glass. This research was lead by materials scientist Delia Milliron. More>
Yesterday was another busy day for Berkeley Lab earth scientists at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco. Bill Collins presented a talk on a new way to simulate hurricanes, cyclones, and atmospheric rivers in climate models. The Lab’s involvement in the Next-GenerationEcosystem Experiment-Arctic was also well represented, with Romy Chakraborty giving a talk on novel microbes isolated from cores collected near Barrow, Alaska. Janet Jansson discussed how metagenomics reveals microbial community composition and function in Arctic permafrost. And Susan Hubbard presented on NGEE-Arctic’s goal of improved climate prediction through a system level understanding of arctic terrestrial ecosystems. Meanwhile, at the Lab’s booth, staff answered questions and discussed ongoing projects, such as T2Well and enhanced geothermal systems. Pictured from l-r: From left to right: Shibo Wang, Curt Oldenburg, Rui Zhang, Karen Yamamoto, Maryann Villavert, Lehua Pan, and Jeffrey Johnson.