Today at Berkeley Lab

Map Shows Lab User Facilities’ Global Reach

The Office of Science has created a visualization tool that shows the location of those around the world who utilize DOE user facilities. Type Lawrence Berkeley in the search bar to see the global reach of the Lab’s user facilities. You can also search by specific user facilities using the navigation tools on the left side. More>

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The Perils of Platinum

Because of its outstanding performance as a catalyst, platinum plays a major role in fuel cells. Inside a fuel cell, tiny platinum particles break apart hydrogen fuel to create electricity. Peidong Yang helped create hollow platinum and nickel nanoparticles, which split oxygen molecules into charged oxygen ions, a reaction that’s needed in fuel cells. More>

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Brookhaven Lab Hosts DOE Accelerator Workshop Sept. 22-24

The gathering seeks to share experience and gain consensus on how safety systems are applied to accelerator facilities. Register soon to allow for advance conference planning and best booking of travel and hotel accommodations. For questions, contact Amy Ecclesine of EH&S. More>

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Former Berkeley Lab Director Chuck Shank Wins Fermi Award

Charles (Chuck) Shank, Berkeley Lab director from 1989 through 2004, has been named by President Obama as a recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the federal government’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement. More>

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IPO Talks Tech Transfer to DOE Commission

The Lab’s Elsie Quaite-Randall and tech transfer coordinators from Livermore Lab, SLAC, and Sandia Lab recently presented to the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories. Director Alivisatos and a representative of licensee Nanosys participated on other panels that day. More>

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MyGreenCar Aces Lab-Corps Bootcamp

The MyGreenCar team ranked first out of 16 teams at an I-Corps innovation bootcamp last week. The bootcamp kicks off MyGreenCar’s six-week push with DOE’s Lab-Corps pilot program to shape commercialization plans for the MyGreenCar EV / fuel economy app. More>

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Using Microbial Communities to Assess Environmental Contamination

A multi-institutional study sponsored by ENIGMA, a DOE “Scientific Focus Area Program” based at Berkeley Lab, has found that statistical analysis of DNA from natural microbial communities can be used to accurately identify environmental contaminants and serve as quantitative geochemical biosensors. More>

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Energy Secretary Moniz is Guest on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show

Moniz discussed the Iran nuclear negotiations that he participated in as well as the recently released DOE quadrennial review. He touched on the development of smart grids, particularly a project in New Jersey that will increase the safety and security of power delivery in this major transportation corridor. More>

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Energy Secretary Honors Lab Scientists for ACME and OSCARS

Ernest Moniz has awarded earth scientist Bill Collins (left) for leading the ACME climate modeling project, and the software team that developed OSCARS, a service that creates dedicated bandwidth channels for researchers, led by Bill Johnston, with DOE Secretarial Honor Awards. More>

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Lab to Aid DOE’s FORGE Geothermal Research Effort

The Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), could unlock access to a domestic, geographically diverse, and carbon-free source of clean energy. The Lab has been selected to work on two of the five candidate sites for the first phase of FORGE. More>

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