Group seeks to increase philanthropic funding for basic science by $1 billion over the next five years. More>
He discusses Lab’s four strategic scientific initiatives. More>
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley last Saturday hosted 90 middle school and high school students and their parents as part of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) program at Johns Hopkins University to increase student interest in careers in STEM. Coming from all over the US, the visitors toured laboratories and user facilities such as NCEM and the ALS. They attended a live virtual tour to the ATLAS control room at CERN. Research topics covered included climate change, energy bioscience, scanning-probe microscopy, robotic synthesis of nanocrystals, DNA purification, protein folding, fluorescent probes, heat islands, and cool roofs. CTY selects students for this program on the basis of their top scores nationally in the PSAT and other standardized tests — and meeting them renews confidence in the future of American science.
Chief Operating Officer Glenn Kubiak will hold his next Operations All-Hands Meeting on Wednesday, May 14, in the Building 50 Auditorium. A morning meeting will take place from 7 am–8 am; and an afternoon session will take place 1 pm–2 pm. The afternoon meeting will also be available through live streaming. The link will be:
Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and the Nuclear Science Division’s Kai Vetter recently returned from Koriyama City in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan where they attended the opening of the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute. This new laboratory will be part of a network of national laboratories operated by the Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). The decision to place the new institute in Koriyama reflects the desire to stimulate economic growth in the Fukushima area, which is still suffering from the effects of the 2011 earthquake. Alivisatos, Vetter and their Japanese counterparts discussed issues ranging from renewable energy to radiological resilience. They met with leadership of AIST as well as with scientists from other parts of Asia, Australia, and Europe. Following these discussions, a new and expanded MOU with AIST is being formulated focusing on geothermal and highly integrated renewable energy generation.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein visited Berkeley Lab on Tuesday, April 15. As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Feinstein plays an important role in setting funding levels for the Department of Energy. Lab Director Paul Alivisatos hosted the Senator on a tour of the Advanced Light Source where she met with scientists and users from industry and academia, and on a tour of the Molecular Foundry.
On Monday, March 31, former Lab Director Steve Chu presented a talk on “Optical Microscopy 2.0” as well as the energy/climate challenge.
Steve Forbes recently invited Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the governors of Indiana and Michigan, and the former governor of Virginia, to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Forbes at the recent 2014 Reinventing America Summit. In his comments, Alivisatos emphasized that Berkeley Lab and the DOE National Lab system are very successful in dual roles: continuing the great tradition of groundbreaking discovery science, while embracing a new role of enabling innovation for energy and the environment. He cited the SEMATECH consortium at the Advanced Light Source, the new FLEXLAB, and the Materials Project as examples, and invited entrepreneurs and industry representatives at the forum to seek partnerships with Berkeley Lab and other DOE National Labs.
As part of the recently announced tri-institutional partnership between Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco, the Lab earlier this month hosted more than 90 researchers from these organizations to discuss the partnership’s seed collaborative project in neurotechnology and the opportunities provided by President Obama’s BRAIN initiative. More>
Lab Director Paul Alivisatos has made diversity and inclusion one of his key strategic initiatives for Berkeley Lab. In this Q&A read about why he wanted to launch the initiative, what efforts the Lab will make to improve diversity and inclusion, and what he will consider success to look like. “We want to have the best workforce possible, both scientific and operational. If we’re missing out on a broader demographic, then we need to find ways of accessing those talent groups,” he said.” More>