Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Update From Director on Federal Budget Process

The President’s Budget Request was submitted to Congress on May 23. I met with the leadership of the Office of Science last week to understand the details of the budget request and the next steps in the process. This week the leaders of the DOE program offices will engage in more detailed discussions about research programs with Associate Lab Directors and Division Directors both at Berkeley Lab and at the other national laboratories. More>

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DOE Sponsors Energy I-Corps Entrepreneurial Training

The six-week Energy I-Corps program (formerly called Lab-Corps), guides PIs and entrepreneurial leads (ELs) in customer discovery to identify an energy-related technology’s commercial potential and market fit. Interested PI/EL teams or individuals seeking a team must contact Russell Carrington (x6439) before May 19. Go here to view video series of past teams. More>

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Energy-Efficient Windows Co-Developed by the Lab Are Saving Americans Billions

According to a recent article published on a Department of Energy website, more than 50% of window sales in the commercial market and 80% of the sales in the residential market incorporate low-E coatings, an energy-saving technology developed in partnership with Berkeley Lab that can reduce window energy use by 30-40%. More>

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Small Businesses to Collaborate with Lab Through Small Business Vouchers

As part of the DOE’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot, the Lab will collaborate with Astrileux Corp., Lilac Solutions Inc., Inpria Corp., and Kalion Inc. in the areas of bioenergy and advanced manufacturing. The program enables small businesses in the U.S. to tap into DOE lab resources to overcome critical technology challenges for their energy products. More>

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Apply Now for Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program

The Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program is accepting applications for the 2017 Solicitation 1. Deadline is 2 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) on May 16. The program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE scientist for 3 to 12 consecutive months. Apply here.

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