A research team from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley appeared on Capitol Hill last week to show off their innovation in energy efficiency: a backpack-mounted system for quickly mapping energy use throughout a building and identifying ways to reduce it. Those who stopped by to check it out included Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and ARPA-E Acting Director Cheryl Martin. More>
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Jill Fuss of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division participated in a March 5 Google+ Hangout that showcased how women in STEM are changing the world, and addressed the shortage of women and girls engaged in STEM fields. The event, organized by NASA and the Energy Department, featured Fuss and three other women scientists and engineers answering questions from a classroom and online viewers.
On Friday, the Department of Energy will host a Twitter #LabChat on dark energy — the theoretical force that is causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate — at 9 a.m. PST (noon ET). We’ll be joined by Fermilab scientist Brian Nord, a member of the Dark Energy Survey collaboration and host of the website DarkEnergyDetectives.org, and Berkeley Lab scientist Eric Linder, an expert on dark energy and the accelerating universe. Between now and Friday, submit your questions to @energy using the hashtag #labchat, leave a comment on Facebook.com/energygov, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the rollout of the Obama administration’s budget for 2015, Department of Energy Secretary Moniz will hold a press conference at today 11:30 a.m. PST (2:30 Eastern). The press conference will be followed by a brief Q&A session. Go here to watch the live stream.
The Amazon Basin in South America includes the most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest on the planet, covering 5.5 million square kilometers. The sheer size of the Amazon rainforest creates a strong impact on the climate in the Southern Hemisphere and is a primary driver of global atmospheric circulation. Scientific collaborators from the United States, Brazil, and Germany, have begun a two-year study in the Amazon Basin. Data obtained during the Green Ocean Amazon, or GOAmazon, field campaign will enable scientists look at the intricacies of the natural state of the Amazon rainforest atmosphere and land systems, and how these may be perturbed by human influences. More>
To date, 22 Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) projects have attracted more than $625 million in private-sector follow-on funding after ARPA-E’s investment of approximately $95 million. ARPA-E earlier this week hosted a summit and technology showcase. As part of that event, four project videos were debuted, one of which, on biofuels, mentions the Joint BioEnergy Institute, Jim Kirby (Physical Biosciences), and Christer Janssen (Earth Sciences). More>
Among the technologies featured at the ARPA-E Summit showcase in Washington D.C. this week was EETD’s Rapid Building Energy Modeler. Developed with UC Berkeley and Baumann Consulting, the technology will use a portable system of sensing and computer hardware to rapidly generate indoor thermal and physical building maps. Using cameras and laser scanners, the team will create a 3D visualization of walls, windows, floors, and other parts of buildings and use a computer model to predict how much energy the building should use. The showcase highlights ARPA-E awardees, entrepreneurs, and researchers ready to collaborate with investors and decision makers to move their ideas into the marketplace. More>
President Obama shares a laugh with Lab physicist and former director Andy Sessler (left) as part of the Fermi Award ceremony. This image was also the White House’s Monday “Photo of the Day.” More>
The Department of Energy will live stream the Enrico Fermi Award ceremony today at noon (3 p.m. EST). Former Berkeley Lab Director and physicist Andy Sessler is one of two recipients of the award, which will be presented by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The Enrico Fermi (pictured) Award is one of the government’s oldest and most prestigious honors for scientific achievement. In addition to a medal, the prize includes a $50,000 honorarium, to be shared by the recipients. More>
As part of the Department of Energy’s “Joules of Wisdom” blog series — which highlights the top things people don’t know about energy — Berkeley Lab is profiled. The “Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Berkeley Lab” feature includes such tidbits as: the Lab is home to the world’s most powerful microscope (TEAM), the ALS produces light that is one billion times brighter than the sun, and the Joint Genome’s played a major role in the Human Genome Project. More>