The ALS Users Executive Committee (UEC) and meeting organizers have assembled a full program featuring a welcome from Director Mike Witherell, keynote talks on opportunities presented by the ALS upgrade (ALS-U), as well as 12 focused workshops, a student poster “slam,” and the annual awards banquet. More>
Registration and abstract submission are open. Events include keynote addresses from Nobel Laureate K. Barry Sharpless (Scripps Research Institute) and Sossina M. Haile (Northwestern University), and a poster session and symposia on topics including two-dimensional matter, the challenges of imaging materials’ functionality, and product-driven research at the Foundry. More>
Berkeley Lab, the coordinating organization for the DECOVALEX project (led by EESA’s Jens Birkholzer) hosted a kick-off workshop to begin a four-year international collaboration evaluating research and model comparison of processes in geological systems. Representatives from 11 countries were in attendance. More>
An international panel of scientists, experts, and observers gathered May 17-19 at Berkeley Lab to participate in a major DOE review of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a Lab-led project designed to probe the mysteries of dark energy by measuring the distance to galaxies and quasars, and to create a 3-D map of the universe. More>
Last week’s workshop sought to develop science goals, and the measurements to achieve them, for the next generation ground-based Cosmic Microwave Background program, CMB-S4. The output of the workshop will be a working draft of the CMB-S4 “Science Book.” It was the second in a series of potentially biannual workshops focused on developing the CMB-S4 project. More>
The Genomics Program Biotechnology Companies Day will include visitors from a number of local companies who will describe problems/findings of interest, and interact with the guests of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. Registration is required to attend this event. There is no registration fee. The Lab’s Hayan Lee is one of the organizers. More>
Deputy Director Horst Simon (left) and researcher Patrick Naulleau welcomed visitors to the Lab’s Technology Showcase booth at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC. The exhibit area, which included a Cyclotron Road booth, offered a look at future energy technologies, including ARPA-E funded project teams. Computing’s David Skinner and Phil Collela were also on hand.
Applications are being accepted for the Microbial and Plant Systems Modulated by Secondary Metabolites Meeting in May. The aim of this meeting is to bring together a diverse group of investigators interested in the role of secondary metabolites in plant-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions. See the list of confirmed speakers here.
Record cold weather in Washington, D.C. last week didn’t keep attendees away from the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference. In fact, several Berkeley Lab-affiliated speakers found themselves facing standing-room only crowds. More>
The Feb. 18 event features a competition for the $100K Cleantech University Prize (5 to 7 p.m. in Sibley Auditorium), and an Innovation Expo (7 to 9 p.m. in the Hearst Mining Hall lobby), which showcases energy research by UC Berkeley students. A summit on the future of energy development takes place the following day. Go here for ticket information.