Today at Berkeley Lab

DOE Oppenheimer Leadership Program Participants Visit the Lab

The DOE’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program develops the next generation of leaders in the science and energy fields. The initiative brings together exceptional early- and mid-career professionals who have the potential to contribute significantly to DOE’s work. The 2017 cohort recently visited the Lab, touring the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry (pictured).

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DOE User Facilities Join Forces to Tackle Biology’s Big Data

Six proposals have been selected to participate in a new partnership between two DOE user facilities through the FICUS initiative. The expertise and capabilities available at JGI and NERSC will help researchers explore the wealth of genomic and metagenomic data generated worldwide through access to supercomputing resources and computational science experts to accelerate discoveries. More>

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New Data Archive to Amplify Ecosystem Research Impact

As scientists move towards understanding earth systems at greater resolutions, access to needed data sets is critical. Yet much of these data are not archived, publicly available, or collected in a standardized format. With $3.6 million from DOE, Computing Sciences and the Earth & Environmental Sciences Areas are partnering on an archiving project. More>

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DOE Renews Funding for Joint BioEnergy Institute at Berkeley Lab

The Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by Berkeley Lab, is one of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers to receive funding in support of innovative research on biofuels and bioproducts. The awards total $40 million for the four centers, marking the next research phase at JBEI. More>

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Office of Science Highlights Work by Foundry’s Ron Zuckermann

The DOE Office of Science recently featured work by Zuckermann of the Molecular Foundry to make new customized materials that self-assemble like proteins do, but are sturdier and longer-lasting. The article also underscores the importance of computational simulations powered by NERSC for the portion of the work focusing on self-assembling synthetic shells for gene therapy applications. More>

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Director’s Message on the Annual Laboratory Plan

On June 9, Mike Witherell presented the Annual Laboratory Plan to the leadership of the DOE’s Office of Science. He discussed what the nation needs from its national labs and gave examples of how Berkeley Lab is addressing those needs. He also talked about the Lab’s user facilities, major science projects underway, and the use LDRD funding. More>

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DOE Podcast on How the Atomic Age Began

The three-part broadcast — part of the Department of Energy’s “Direct Current” podcast series — looks at what happened in three top-secret town, and how the DOE and National Park Service teamed up to preserve the legacy of this pivotal moment in history. Part one looks at the Manhattan Project. More>

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Defrosting the World’s Freezer: Thawing Permafrost

DOE Office of Science researchers are visiting remote locations to study how permafrost thaws, which is essential for more accurately modeling terrestrial ecosystems and climate. Scientists studying this phenomenon include Charlie Koven and Jizhong Zhou of the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. More>

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Real Estate Professionals Embrace Solar Power

Because solar adds value to homes, real estate agents need a way to fairly value solar homes and make sure house hunters can find key solar system information. New data standards from Berkeley Lab will enable thousands of California realtors to enter details about solar-powered homes into real estate listings for the first time. More>

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Energy Secretary Perry Lauds California’s National Labs During China Trip

The Bay Area Council recently went to China for a global conference on climate change. The delegation, which included the Lab’s Jay Keasling and Alecia Ward, met with Rick Perry to discuss the important role of California’s national labs, including Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore Lab, in advancing clean energy technology. Perry called California’s labs “crown jewels.” More>

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