Today at Berkeley Lab

Berkeley Lab Participates in Alaska National Lab Day

To raise awareness about collaborating with national labs, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and the University of Alaska Fairbanks hosted Alaska National Lab Day. Lab Director Mike Witherell helped explain “What is a National Lab?” ETA researcher Peter Larsen spoke on energy solutions, and Elsie Quaite-Randall (Intellectual Property Office) discussed entrepreneurship.

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From Leaves to Clouds: Revealing How Trees’ Emissions Shape the Air Around Us

Gazing down upon the Amazon jungle from a 10-story-tall tower, some people may have just seen trees. But from his lofty perch, EESA researcher Kolby Jardine saw more — the forest’s complex ecological cycle. Starting from emissions put out by the leaves to the clouds high above, each component influences all of the others. More>

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DOE Podcast Covers 17 National Labs in 17 Minutes

An important part of the Department of Energy’s enterprise is science research, which is conducted at the DOE’s 17 national labs, including Berkeley Lab. But how to talk about all 17 in just one podcast? The hosts of the “Direct Current” podcast attempt to do so. The Berkeley Lab segment highlights Kristin Persson and the Materials Project. More>

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Millennial Nuclear Caucus to Be Held April 20 in San Diego

The caucus brings together the next generation of leaders in nuclear innovation to discuss the path forward for the nuclear industry and the role innovative technology will play. In addition to talks and presentation, this free event includes a tour of General Atomics and a networking reception sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council. More>

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DOE Hosts Earth Day Photo Contest

Lab employees are invited to submit images that represent these six categories: conservation, community, renewable energy, energy efficiency, resilience, and comprehensive. The deadline for entry is Friday, April 6. Winners will be announced on April 17. More>

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Video Chronicles the Sights and Sounds of Perry Visit

During Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s visit on March 27, he stopped by Lab user facilities and heard from numerous scientists about their research. This video captures what he saw, and uses his own words to describe what he learned. Watch>

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Airborne Research: The Critical Science of Measuring Trace Gases

In this profile by the DOE’s ARM Climate Research Facility, the Lab’s Sébastien Biraud discusses how combining his passions for scuba diving and aviation led to his airborne research of the carbon cycle. More>

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Energy Secretary Perry ‘Proud’ to be Part of National Labs

Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured Lab facilities and learned about the Lab’s research and history during a visit on March 27. He addressed employees at a town hall meeting, during which he said he was “proud” to be part of the national lab system, and that serving as the DOE director is the “coolest” job he’s ever had. Go here to watch the town hall presentation. More>

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Secretary Perry to Visit Berkeley Lab on March 27

Director Witherell will host the visit, which includes a welcome and brief introduction to Berkeley Lab in the Bldg. 50 Lobby, followed by tours of the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, NERSC, and ESnet. Employees can watch a livestreamed town hall with the secretary at 3:30 p.m. More>

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Women’s History Month: DOE Series on Women and the Manhattan Project

As part of Women’s History Month, DOE is focusing on the women behind the Manhattan Project. This installment features five facts about Blanche Lawrence, a biochemist and one of the few African-American women scientists of her day. More>

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