Today at Berkeley Lab

Take the DOE Solar IQ Test

Which state generate the most utility-scale solar power? Who discovered the photovoltaic effect? How many mirrors are used at the world’s largest solar power facility? Try to answer these and other inquiries to test your solar power knowledge. More>

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CRD’s Oliker Steps in to Lead DOE’s SUPER Project

Berkeley Lab’s Lenny Oliker will lead SUPER, a Department of Energy project that helps researchers make the most efficient and effective use of petascale systems. More>

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DOE, UC Berkeley Sponsor $100K Cleantech Prize

Teams of aspiring collegiate cleantech entrepreneurs are invited to apply. Selected teams will receive cleantech mentorship, access to UC Berkeley fabrication/prototyping spaces, and entrepreneurial training. The prize is hosted by the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, in collaboration with Berkeley Lab. More>

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Early Career Research Program Brown Bag, Networking Event on Aug. 21

Director Alivisatos hosts the event on Friday, August 21, at noon in Perseverance Hall. ALD Kathy Yelick will join ECRP awardees Anubhav Jain, Dani Ushizima, Trent Northen, Alexander Hexemer, and others to share success strategies. Full-time, career or career-track Lab researchers who received their Ph.D. no earlier than 2005 can apply. More>

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20 Amazing Things National Labs Have Done

As part of an ongoing series highlighting the contributions of the country’s national labs, the Department of Energy recently posted a slideshow of images that showcase contributions from the various lab’s, including Berkeley Lab’s efforts to create safe drinking water (pictured). More>

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Lab Leads Subsurface Science & Technology Exhibit at National Lab Day

The Earth Science Division played a significant role in leading the preparation of the Subsurface Science and Technology exhibit, with 11 other national labs, at the recent National Lab Day held in Washington D.C. The event helps explain to congress the impact of science conducted by the National Laboratory System. More>

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Schlegel, Yang Receive E.O. Lawrence Awards at Recent Ceremony

The Department of Energy bestowed the award to nine mid-career researchers to honor their contributions towards the DOE’s science, energy, and national security missions. The awardees include David Schlegel (Physics) and Peidong Yang (Materials Sciences). Go here to view a slideshow that highlights the research of the honorees. More>

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DOE Features Virtual National Labs Roadshow

This web journey provides a glimpse of the people, places, and science of DOE’s national labs. Each lab — including Berkeley Lab — provided images or videos along with descriptions of their facilities. Those who have explored each lab can then test their memory with Secretary Moniz to see how many labs you can name in 60 seconds. More>

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Map Shows Lab User Facilities’ Global Reach

The Office of Science has created a visualization tool that shows the location of those around the world who utilize DOE user facilities. Type Lawrence Berkeley in the search bar to see the global reach of the Lab’s user facilities. You can also search by specific user facilities using the navigation tools on the left side. More>

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The Perils of Platinum

Because of its outstanding performance as a catalyst, platinum plays a major role in fuel cells. Inside a fuel cell, tiny platinum particles break apart hydrogen fuel to create electricity. Peidong Yang helped create hollow platinum and nickel nanoparticles, which split oxygen molecules into charged oxygen ions, a reaction that’s needed in fuel cells. More>

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