Today at Berkeley Lab

Science in Black-and-White Twitter Challenge

SLAC recently invited other Department of Energy national labs to a black-and-white photo challenge. Participants were asked to upload one photo per day for seven days. Various Berkeley Lab areas and user facilities took up the call, posting these beautiful images.

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DOE Provides $10 Million for Earth System Model Development and Analysis

The money will fund the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), which seeks to provide more accurate and higher-resolution representation of weather and climate events by taking advantage of the cutting-edge supercomputing facilities at DOE national labs, including NERSC at Berkeley Lab. More>

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Updated Guide for Energy-Efficient Buildings in India

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan recently launched a Strategic Energy Partnership that includes “Building Innovation: Guide For High-Performance Energy Efficient Buildings in India,” a document packed with best practices for smart, innovative buildings in a nation where the buildings sector represents 30 percent of its energy use. More>

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Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology

Quantum computing, harnessesing the phenomena associated with quantum physics to give scientists a tool to solve certain complex problems using microscopic objects or other extraordinarily tiny entities – including light – to process information. “It’s a brand new technology,” said the Lab’s Bert de Jong. “It’s where we were with conventional computing 40, 50 years ago.” More>

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UC Awarded $1.1M to Build Solar-Powered Water Purification Systems

UC Solar received a $1.1 million grant from DOE’s Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to develop solar-thermal desalination technologies that reduce the cost of creating fresh water from otherwise unusable waters such as seawater, brackish water, and polluted water. UC Solar is a multi-campus research collaborative launched in 2010 that comprises researchers from nine UC campuses and Berkeley Lab. More>

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Berkeley Lab Part of New Exascale Machine Learning Collaboration

The Lab is one of eight national labs participating in ExaLearn, the latest Exascale Computing Project (ECP) co-design center. The goal of the project is to provide exascale machine learning software for use by ECP applications projects, other ECP co-design centers, and DOE experimental facilities and computing facilities. More>

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DOE Program Fosters Next Generation of Lab Leaders

DOE’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program has helped the national labs build a deep bench of stewardship among mid-career professionals with expertise in the sciences, operations management, and policy. Computing Sciences’ Katie Antypas completed the program this April, and Biosciences’ Trent Northen completed the program in 2017. More>

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DOE Secretary Perry, UC President Napolitano Kick Off National Traumatic Brain Injury Study at UCSF

DOE Secretary Rick Perry and UC President Janet Napolitano visited UC San Francisco yesterday to kick off a new national lab-wide collaboration to integrate clinical data with high-performance computing and neuroscience in an effort to develop effective, personalized treatment for traumatic brain injuries – a leading cause of death and disability for service men and women, civilians, and athletes. Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Mary Maxon, and Lab scientists Kris Bouchard and Eli Dart represented the Lab at the event.

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Application Period Open for DOE Energy I-Corps

DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions will host Cohort 8 of Energy I-Corps, an immersive experience giving national lab research teams the tools and training to transition energy-related technologies to the marketplace. Contact Russell Carrington (x6439) by July 20 to express interest. More detail are available via a webinar at noon on July 17 noon. More>

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Lab Figures Prominently in DOE ‘Return on Investment’ Report

The Office of Science Report — A Remarkable Return on Investment in Fundamental Research – 40 Years of Basic Energy Sciences at the Department of Energy — includes several historical Lab projects, such as super windows, X-ray sources for health applications, quantum dots, cryomicroscopy, and the user facility model for collaborative research. A number of Lab researchers were among the contributors to the report.

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