The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are releasing the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to identify and choose the most fuel efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. The 2014 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, ensuring a wide variety of choices available for consumers. More>
Posts Tagged ‘Department of Energy’
[Energy.gov] Long before Thomas Edison patented — first in 1879 and then a year later in 1880 — and began commercializing his incandescent light bulb, British inventors were demonstrating that electric light was possible with the arc lamp. In 1835, the first constant electric light was demonstrated, and for the next 40 years, scientists around the world worked on the incandescent lamp. More>
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman visited Berkeley Lab on Friday, Nov. 15, during a brief stay in the Bay Area. Glenn Mara of the University of California Office of the President and Aundra Richards of the DOE Berkeley Site Office joined Deputy Laboratory Director Horst Simon’s welcome. They updated Poneman on the lab’s future initiatives and current capital projects and heard briefings on cyber security, computing, and the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He also toured FLEXLAB and the ALS. As second-in-command at DOE, Poneman is responsible for assisting the Secretary of Energy in the management and operations of the agency and acting on his behalf when necessary. Poneman (right) is pictured with Ken Goldberg of the Materials Sciences Division.
More than engineers, scientists, businessmen and rivals, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were two of the greatest energy inventors of all time. Some of their most significant contributions — from the battery and power plants to alternating current and the electric motor — came to light more than a century ago, and yet, they are still influencing how we use energy in our everyday lives. That’s why we’re dedicating the entire week on Energy.gov to Edison and Tesla, and hosting a Google+ Hangout to answer questions about these two storied inventors. The hangout takes place Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (PST). Send questions here.
To assist the Lab in estimating the cost of the recent partial federal government shutdown, employees are asked to spend no more than two minutes to calculate approximately how many hours they spent between Oct. 1 and Oct. 17 responding to the lapse in federal appropriation and on related scenario planning. This includes meetings and phone conferences, responding to or creating data calls for the Lab and DOE, and any other time spent planning for or otherwise responding to the shutdown issue. Click here to fill out the one question survey. Those not logged into their gmail.lbl.gov account will be prompted to do so first. Staff already logged in will go directly to the survey. Employees who were not impacted do not need to respond. Survey data will be reported at aggregate levels, not on an individual employee basis.
In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s focus on supercomputing in the month of September, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences Kathy Yelick talks about why supercomputers intrigue her, how they can help save our world, and why more students aren’t going into computing as a career. More>
As part of a communications emphasis on supercomputing for the month of September, DOE Public Affairs has posted an article on a joint project to develop a cosmological simulation analysis toolbox. This past year, Fermilab began a unique partnership with Argonne and Berkeley Labs on an ambitious advanced-computing project. Together the three institutions are developing a new, state-of-the-art cosmological simulation analysis toolbox that takes advantage of the Energy Department’s investments in supercomputers and specialized high-performance computing codes. Richard Gerber is the team leader at Berkeley Lab. More>
As part of the Department of Energy’s “Supercomputing September” event, NERSC will post research highlights on Mondays, take a look back at its history on Thursdays, and feature insights from its directors on the future of scientific computing on Fridays. Check out the NERSC website for these updates and other fun activities. More>
The Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research has green-lighted a Berkeley Lab-led project that will develop a predictive understanding of how the genomic functions of subsurface microbiomes affect watershed-scale biogeochemical processes. The project, led by Earth Sciences Division director Susan Hubbard, will receive $6.8 million a year over the next three years. It’s called Sustainable Systems Scientific Focus Area 2.0, and will involve 50 scientists from Berkeley Lab and other institutions including UC Berkeley, Pacific Northwest Lab, and Oak Ridge Lab. The cell-through-watershed scale project will quantify and develop approaches to simulate how global change affects microbially induced biogeochemical cycling in the subsurface, as is relevant to carbon cycling, contaminant mobility, and agricultural sustainability. More>
Applications for the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program are now open. The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns assigned to one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. Interns perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. Applications close October 1. More>