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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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Apply for DOE Early Career Research Program; Director Brown Bag on Aug. 19

Full-time, career or career-track Lab researchers who received their Ph.D. no earlier than 2006 can apply for awards of up to $2.5M to advance energy science. Director Witherell hosts a noon brown bag and networking social on Aug. 19 in Perseverance Hall. For more info and to find your Area/Division representatives, visit the Lab’s ECRP website.

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DOE Funds Carbon Storage Projects

The Lab is partnering on two of the eight projects that were funded: “Automated High Power Permanent Seismic Source System for Long-Term Monitoring of Subsurface CO2 Containment and Storage” and “A Novel Approach to Map Geothermal Permeability Using Passive Seismic Emission Tomography and Joint Inversion of Active Seismic and EM Data.” More>

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Adding Cobalt Keeps Technetium From Leaving During Waste Processing

When Technetium is heated for long-term storage, this radionuclide is able to migrate, making it difficult to meet DOE retention targets. A team including the Lab’s Wayne Lukens, and researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the DOE’s Office of River Protection, using NERSC, devised a way to retain more technetium. They added cobalt. More>

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DOE Awards 157 Million Supercomputer Hours to Lab Researchers

Peter Nugent, Kristin Persson, David Trebotich, and Lin-Wang Wang have been awarded a total of 157 million processor hours through DOE’s 2016 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC). The one-year awards began July 1. More>

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Sean Peisert Co-Leads DOE Project to Increase Power Grid Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity experts Sean Peisert of Berkeley Lab and Jamie Van Randwyk of Livermore Lab are leading a new program to develop data analysis methods to better protect the nation’s power grid. The project is part of the Department of Energy’s $220 million, three-year Grid Modernization Initiative launched in January 2016. More>

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