Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco have formed a new partnership to support science and technology initiatives and projects with the intent of catalyzing potentially transformative collaborative research among the three institutions, and positioning the institutions favorably for follow-on extramural funding. The initiative is being launched with a seed-funding program that will address innovative neurotechnology research in response to the Presidential BRAIN Initiative. The partnership will support new collaborative projects that strengthen the abilities of the partners to forge a strong Bay Area neurotechnology collaboration responsive to national needs. More>
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Berkeley Lab Associate Laboratory Director James Symons has recently returned from China after signing an agreement to explore collaborative research in high-energy nuclear physics with a leading university; a journey capped with a side trip to Sichuan Province for a rare visit to the world’s deepest underground physics laboratory. The lab consists of a 2,800 square foot cavern carved out of solid rock, in which scientists have placed liquid xenon detectors in an experiment to find evidence of weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPS, a possible source of dark matter. More>
Steve Gourlay, the director of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division since 2006, has decided to step down. AFRD Senior Scientist Wim Leemans will replace Gourlay as director, effective immediately. The division made several notable achievements during Gourlay’s directorship, including important ALS upgrades, construction of BELLA and the Neutral Drift Accelerator (NDCX-II), and record-breaking superconducting magnet development for the LHC Accelerator Research Program. He will return to research within AFRD. Leemans, who joined the Lab in 1991, heads the LOASIS Program, and serves as director of the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA). More>
The nomination period for the Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement and The Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Awards has been extended to Jan. 31. These awards were established to recognize teams and individuals for significant accomplishments advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Any Lab employee may submit a nomination. Honorees will be acknowledged at a Lab awards ceremony and reception in 2014. Nomination forms and eligibility criteria are available at http://recognition.lbl.gov/
Lab researchers are invited to submit proposals for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funding, estimated at about $23 million for the FY2015 cycle. LDRD is one of the Lab’s principal means to seed innovative science and new research directions. Multi-investigator and multi-divisional initiatives are particularly encouraged. Of special significance are cross-disciplinary proposals in the areas of Extreme Data for Science, ALS-II Science and Technology, and Microbes to Biomes. Deadline for submission is March 3. More>
Just six years from now, Japan-based RIKEN says it will complete a supercomputer finally capable of mongo-calculative deftness on par with what some believe to be the processing oomph of a single human brain. The company says it was selected by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to design an exascale supercomputer, and that this nascent exa-behemoth will begin working in 2020. But some think 2020′s too soon. Berkeley Lab’s Horst Simon is betting that we won’t reach exascale-computing power by 2020. More>
The holiday spirit was evident across the Lab as employees donated food, money, blankets, coats, and toys. The Earth Sciences Division raised nearly $600 for the Alameda County Food Bank. The Materials Sciences Division (pictured) raised over $450 for the food bank, collected 50 coats and a large box of toys, and made lap blankets for local hospice patients. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer pooled funds to purchase 90 gifts for seven families via the Brighter Beginnings program. The Joint Genome Institute collected more than 368 pounds of goods for the Contra Costa Food Bank. The Lab-wide BOSS initiative brought in 80 pounds of toiletries, towels, and socks.
A meeting to discuss the development of Berkeley Lab’s “Environment Base” facility takes place tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The facility will involve aspects of computational modeling, data analysis, biology and earth sciences. The creation of “E-Base” facilities is part of BER’s “Innovative Framework for Biological and Environmental Grand Challenges” initiative. The meeting will include presentations from Computational Research Division Director David Brown, Earth Sciences Division Director Susan Hubbard, Physical Biosciences Division Director Adam Arkin, and Computing Sciences ALD Kathy Yelick. More>
Director Alivisatos has announced the awards for the FY2014 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program. A total of about $22.1 million was allocated for 77 projects, which primarily focus on fundamental science and translational research in energy science and technology applications, address the use of large-scale computation and data science, and aid in the development of a biological manufacturing capability to create advanced energy sources, chemicals, and materials. Funded projects can be viewed here. Evaluations for area-focused proposals used input from area and divisional review committees. A smaller number of proposals of Lab-Initiative significance went through a parallel review process led by the Deputy Director and Area Lab Directors. Out of 26 Lab-Initiative proposals submitted, 12 projects were funded (highlighted in list).
A distinguished group of scientists and senior leaders joined together last week to celebrate the 85th birthday of acclaimed theoretical physicist and former Lab Director Andy Sessler (second from right in first row). During the event, current Lab Director Paul Alivisatos dedicated conference room 5132 in Building 50A to Sessler. More>
Back row left to right: George Smoot, Bill Barletta, Bob Cahn, Steve Gourlay, Pier Oddone, James Symons, Don Grether, Steve Selkowitz, Pat Oddone, Paul Alivisatos, David Robin, Bob Budnitz, Ashok Gadgil, John Kadyk,
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George Trilling, Art Rosenfeld, Bill Wenzel, Andy Sessler, Moishe Pripstein