Today at Berkeley Lab

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Visits the Lab

Last week, he toured the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, met with Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and JBEI’s Jay Keasling, along with several researchers and students during his tour. Vilsack discussed the need for innovative research partnerships to make America more energy independent.

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Reorganization of Energy Technologies Area Announced

The area’s four new divisions include these former EETD departments: Building Technologies and Urban Systems, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts, and Energy Storage and Distributed Resources. A new division, Renewable Generation, is being developed. More>

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A Message from Lab Director Paul Alivisatos on Inclusiveness

Recently I read a column in the New York Times that really caught my eye. Speaking While Female discussed why women “stay quiet” at work. It described how women are “interrupted or shot down before finishing their pitch,” usually by male colleagues, and as a result “women often decide that saying less is more.” More>

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Town Hall Meeting on ARPA-E ‘OPEN 2015’ Funding Opportunity

DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy is soliciting proposals for funding the development of “potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications.” A town hall meeting on the funding will be held Monday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. in Building 15-253. More>

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Lab Hosts Kavli Symposium on Jan. 15 and 16

This inaugural gathering by the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute brings together noted researchers to explore the basic science of how to capture and channel energy on the molecular or nano-scale. Go here to read a roundtable discussion among Kavli researchers, including Director Alivisatos.

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Proposals Now Accepted for 2016 LDRD Funding

Approximately $25 million in Laboratory Directed Research and Development funds are available for FY2016. Multi-investigator, cross-disciplinary proposals in novel computing technologies, ALS-upgrade science and technology, microbes-to-biomes, and energy innovation are encouraged. Deadline is March 30. More>

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Quantum Dots Leap From Lab to Digital Devices and Beyond

Berkeley Lab’s quantum dots have not only found their way into tablets, computer screens, and TVs, they are also used in biological and medical imaging tools, and now Paul Alivisatos’ lab is exploring them for solar cell as well as brain imaging applications. More>

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Ivy Clift Named Head of Berkeley Lab Foundation

Clift has held development positions at Stanford, UC San Francisco, and Red Cross, and was assistant athletic director at UC Berkeley. The foundation was established by the University of California to promote corporate and philanthropic engagement in support of Berkeley Lab’s mission. More>

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Alivisatos Receives Commander of the Order of Honor From Greece

The Lab director received the accolade, presented by the ambassador of Greece, during a recent visit to Washington D.C. Alivisatos, who is Greek-American, said he was deeply honored by the award, which recognized his scientific contributions. More>

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M2B Initiative Launches; New Website Debuts

Microbes-to-Biomes, or M2B, funded by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program, is designed to explore and reveal the interactions of microbes with one another and with their environment – interactions that are vital to the Earth’s future. The new website will chronicle M2B news and research advancements. More>

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