Today at Berkeley Lab

The Puzzle to Plugging the Worst Natural Gas Release in History

Berkeley Lab scientists Barry Freifeld, Curt Oldenburg, Lehua Pan, and Preston Jordan were part of a national lab team that helped simulate the Aliso Canyon well blowout two years ago, which helped stop the leak. They won a Director’s Award for societal impact and are helping to shape safety regulations to make natural gas storage safer. More>

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EESA Research Shines Light on Role Soil Microbes Play in Carbon Sequestration

Researchers, including Rose Abamoff of the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, have developed a new mathematical model for predicting how soils react to various temperatures, and different types and amounts of moisture and plant inputs. To mitigate climate effects, scientists are exploring how various inputs might increase soil’s ability to sequester carbon. More>

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Three Lab Researchers Elected as American Physical Society Fellows

Christian Bauer (Physics Division), Bill Collins (Earth and Environmental Sciences Area), and Ernst Paul Sichtermann (Nuclear Science Division) are among the recipients of 2017 APS fellowships. Lab-affiliated researchers who received fellowships via UC Berkeley include Daniel McKinsey and Yasunori Nomura (Physics Division), and Dan Kasen (Nuclear Science). Go here for a complete list of fellows and their citations.

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Assessing Regional Earthquake Risk and Hazards in the Age of Exascale

With emerging exascale supercomputers, scientists will soon be able to accurately simulate the ground motions of regional earthquakes quickly and in unprecedented detail. A team of researchers is building the first-ever end-to-end simulation code to precisely capture the geology and physics of regional earthquakes, and how the shaking impacts buildings. More>

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EESA Talk on Shale Oil/Gas Recovery on Sept. 29

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar on Friday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. Dongxiao Zhang of Peking University will discuss “Multiscale Characterization and Flow Mechanisms for Shale Oil/Gas Recovery.” More>

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Postdoc Appreciation Week: 10 Things You Should Know About Hang Deng

A researcher with the Energy Geosciences Division, Deng once met a recent presidential candidate, has a mysterious talent for ordering at restaurants, and a food-related dream that will never come true. Go here to learn more about Deng. Postdocs are invited to a special event on the ALS patio at 5 p.m. today, featuring food and beverages.

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Sept. 15 EESA Talk on Mineral-Fluid Interactions

On Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar. James Kirkpatrick of Michigan State University will discuss “Spectroscopy and Molecular Modeling of Mineral-Fluid Interactions.” More>

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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

In the Aug. 23 edition of the journal Nature, Bill Collins, Director for the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, and Prabhat, the Data and Analytics Services group leader at NERSC, discuss the pros and cons of artificial intelligence and ‘deep learning’ systems to accurately forecast all kinds of extreme weather emergencies, from tropical cyclones to floods. More>

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From Boulder to Bolder, With a Little Help From Toastmasters

Michael Commer, a geological research scientist in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area, will compete against the best speakers from all over the globe in the 2017 World Championship of Public Speaking semifinals in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Aug. 24, at the 86th Annual Toastmasters International Convention. More>

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Five Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Lab recipients include Nick Bouskill, Charlie Koven, and Neslihan Taş Baas of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Qiang Du of Engineering, and Mariam Kiran of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). Additionally, Lin Lin of the Computational Research Division and Eric Neuscamman of the Chemical Sciences Division received Early Career awards through UC Berkeley. More>

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