Today at Berkeley Lab

Banfield Profile, Video Highlight Research Collaborations

A JGI user profile of Berkeley Lab Earth Sciences Division staff scientist and UC Berkeley professor Jill Banfield includes a video in which she shares her perspective on how the DOE JGI helps advance her research related to the roles of microbial communities in biogeochemical cycling. More>

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Earth Sciences Hosts May 21 Screening of ‘Symphony of the Soil’

The documentary celebrates the “wonders of the Earth’s living skin” as well as the International Year of Soils. UC Berkeley professor and film narrator Ignacio Chapella will introduce the film, which screens at 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The event is presented by the Microbes-to-Biomes (M2B) Initiative. Go here to download a flyer.

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Radiative Forcing From Albedo Change in Land-Use Scenarios

A team of climate scientists including Andy Jones and Bill Collins of the Earth Sciences Division demonstrated the effectiveness of a new method for quantifying radiative forcing from land-use and land-cover change within an integrated assessment model. More>

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Chombo-Crunch Sinks Its Teeth into Fluid Dynamics

Chombo-Crunch — a computational fluid dynamics and transport code created by Lab scientists — has improved the understanding of the dynamics of geologic carbon sequestration and may lead to new safety measures in the oil and gas industry and aerospace engineering. 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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Learning from Earth’s Smallest Ecosystems

From inside our bodies to under the ocean floor, microbiomes thrive everywhere in nature. Yet we know surprisingly little about the inner workings of nature’s smallest and most complex ecosystems. The Kavli Foundation recently hosted a Google hangout on the topic, which include earth scientist Eoin Brodie. More>

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Earth Sciences Talk on Above-Below Ground Approach to Climate Change

On May 7, the Earth Sciences Division will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar featuring Richard Bardgett of the University of Manchester. Bardgett will discuss “Belowground Biotic Interactions and Biogeochemical Feedbacks to Climate Change.” The seminar begins at 10:30 a.m. in Building 66 Auditorium. 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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Birnessite Nanosheets Need Only Water, Sunlight To React

Manganese (Mn) oxides are some of the most redox reactive minerals in natural waters, breaking down natural organic matter into carbon dioxide. Recently, however, it has been found that photoexcitation of the manganese oxide birnessite could lead to net reduction in water without any organic molecule present. More>

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UC Global Food Initiative Fellows Tour Peach Farm

The student fellows — including Kripa Akila Jagannathan of the Earth Sciences Division — visited Masumoto Family Farm near Fresno. They gathered at the 80-acre organic farm to dig into the soil, thin the fruiting peach trees and sit under a sycamore tree to discuss the food initiative with UC President Janet Napolitano. More>

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