Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab-to-Market Film Series: Episode 3…Pitching and Redefining

In episode three of IPO’s lab-to-market short film series, Berkeley Lab researchers Peter Therkelsen, Mike Tucker, and Vi Rapp pitch the Ring Burner to an intense panel of DOE Lab-Corps entrepreneur instructors. Afterwards, the first round of customer interviews has the team rethinking how the stove top technology might reach the marketplace.

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Lab Awarded $4Million for Greener Buildings

The DOE award goes to Energy Technologies Area researchers for three projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings. The projects — a nanoparticle-based super insulation, a platform for automated building controls, and an advanced moisture modeling tool — will help meet DOE’s goal to reduce the energy intensity of the U.S. building sector by 30 percent by 2030. More>

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Lab to Lead Five DOE Exascale Projects, Support Six Others

Exascale refers to high-performance computing systems capable of at least a billion billion calculations per second, or 50 to 100 times faster than the nation’s most powerful supercomputers in use today. The projects target advanced modeling and simulation solutions to specific challenges supporting key DOE missions in science, clean energy and national security. More>

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Lab-to-Market Film Series Features Ring Burner

A technology designed for use in outer space may drive a revolutionary stovetop design in today’s kitchens, thanks to Lab researchers. Is there a market for the burner technology? In Episode 1 of a new short-film series, the Ring Burner team prepares to dive into an intense, six-week customer discovery process through DOE’s Lab-Corps Program. The film series will run weekly in TABL.

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DOE Sponsors Program for Graduate Student Research

The Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their thesis research at a DOE national lab for three to 12 months. The goal is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE/Office of Science mission. Applications are due Nov. 21. More>

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Small Businesses Awarded Vouchers to Work With the Lab

Eight small businesses will work with the Lab to bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster. These vouchers were awarded as part of DOE’s Small Business Vouchers pilot. The vouchers pay for expertise and use of facilities that help small businesses advance their technologies toward commercialization. More>

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DOE to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials

Berkeley Lab is one of two teams receiving grants to develop sophisticated and user-friendly, open-source software that captures the essential physics of relevant systems and can be used by the broader research community and industry to accelerate the design of new functional materials. Steven Louie will lead the Lab team, using NERSC supercomputers. More>

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Q&A With ECRP Winners on How Award Can Transform Careers

In this Q&A, Susannah Tringe (JGI), Kevin Wilson (Chemical Sciences), and Feng Yuan (Nuclear Sciences) discuss how the Early Career Research Program funding (typically $2.5 million over five years) has changed their research and helped advance their careers. Director Witherell hosts an ECRP brown bag on Aug. 19 at noon in Perseverance Hall.

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DOE Separates Fact From Fiction in New ‘Stranger Things’ Show

DOE’s Paul Lester recently binged watched a new Netflix science fiction program “Stranger Things.” While he enjoyed the program “as a mashup of Goonies and X-Files with some amazing 80s music mixed in, the show’s portrayal of the Energy Department was a little less than accurate.” He helps set the record straight here.

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Message From Director on Strengthening Connections With Department of Energy

Director Witherell presented the Lab’s Annual Laboratory report to DOE, recently met with DOE senior leaders and other lab directors, and hosted a visit by Office of Science Director Cherry Murray. “As you can see from the number and depth of these discussions, the DOE is working very closely with us and the other laboratories as we plan and carry out our research,” he said. More>

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