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Berkeley Cleantech University Prize Accepting Applications

The Berkeley Cleantech University Prize — a clean energy startup competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and hosted by the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute and the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative — is accepting online applications until Feb. 26. Teams will be selected by March 2 to present their ideas at a pitch competition in April.

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Join Jan. 25 ‘Open Discussion’ on Submitting 2018 ARPA-E Proposals

The Lab is hosting an online “open discussion” on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. to answer questions about the 2018 ARPA-E funding opportunity. ARPA-E provides financial support to early-stage R&D teams for the building of transformational energy technologies. Join the discussion online via Zoom to learn more.

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DOE Senior Advisor on Veterans Relations Visits Lab

Morgan Luttrell visited on Jan. 11 to learn more about the Lab’s computing capabilities and explore partnerships to improve health care for veterans. He heard presentations from researchers in the Computing Sciences and Biosciences Areas, toured NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and the Advanced Light Source, and met with Lab veterans, among other activities. More>

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DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar Visits Lab

Paul Dabbar’s visit on Jan. 18 focused on the Lab’s user facilities and industry engagement programs. He toured the Integrative Genomics Building construction site, JBEI, NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and the Advanced Light Source, and heard presentations on the proposed science to be conducted at the Lab’s Biocampus site, and high-performance computing. Go here to view a slideshow of his visit.

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Spring Training for DOE’s Energy I-Corps Gears Up

Applications are due Jan. 24 for the spring cohort of DOE’s Energy I-Corps, an immersive training experience to help national lab research teams transition energy-related technologies into products that benefit society and the national economy. Visit IPO’s resources page for details, and join an informational webinar on Jan. 10 at noon. Interested in applying? Contact Russell Carrington.

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Director’s Message on Federal Budget and Continuing Resolution

The federal government is still operating on a continuing resolution (CR) that extends funding through Jan. 19. If Congress and the Administration are able to agree on high-level budget targets for FY18, the House and Senate will negotiate an omnibus spending bill. Until that time, it is expected that they will continue to pass CRs that make it possible to keep this Lab operating. More>

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ESnet’s Kiran Works to Overcome Roadblocks in Computational Networks

Like other complex systems, computer networks can break down and suffer bottlenecks. Keeping systems running smoothly requires algorithms that can identify problems and find solutions on the fly. Mariam Kiran is using her DOE Early-Career Research Program award to develop methods combining machine-learning algorithms with parallel computing to optimize such networks. More>

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DOE’s Office of Science ARPA-E OPEN 2018 Solicitation Announced

ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. Awards vary from $500,000 to $10 million. The first deadline for questions to ARPA-E is Feb. 2. Concept papers must be submitted by Feb. 12. Note that ARPA-E projects require cost sharing. Go here to see the range of previously funded projects. More>

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Applications Open for DOE’s Office of Science Early Career Research Program

Full-time, career, non-postdoc Lab researchers who received their Ph.D.s no earlier than Jan. 1, 2007 are eligible to apply. This funding opportunity supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers. Director Witherell will host a brown-bag discussion and networking event on Jan. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m., in Bldg. 59-3101 (Shyh Wang Hall). More>

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DOE Explores Real Science Behind Hit Show ‘Stranger Things’

Actually, there is real, hard science behind the idea of extra dimensions that are explored in the hit Netflix TV show, and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science is involved in studying this very thing, in both theory and experiment. More>

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