Seventh graders at San Francisco’s Brandeis Hillel Day School presented a check to Berkeley Lab Foundation head Ivy Clift to support research by ETA’s Tom McKone. Parents donated the money in lieu of traditional bar and bat mitzvah gifts to teach students about philanthropy. The Lab was among five non-profits to receive a grant, voted on by fellow students.
A novel X-ray scattering concept by researchers at the Advanced Light Source is receiving support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in the amount of $2.4 million. The lead investigator is ALS Division Deputy Zahid Hussain, with ALS Director Roger Falcone acting as co-PI on the project. More>
Anubhav Jain of the Energy Technologies Area and Dani Ushizima of the Computational Research Division will each receive $2.5 million grants over five years to cover year-round salary plus research expenses. The awards seek to support exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. More>
The Cal-BRAIN program, which aims to revolutionize our understanding of the brain, has awarded $120,000 to 16 projects. Cal-BRAIN is led jointly by UC San Diego and Berkeley Lab. Among the recipients is Bruce Cohen of the Materials Sciences Division, whose project will look at nano-optogenetic control of neuronal firing with targeted nanocrystals. More>
The DOE announced $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub established in 2010 with the goal of harnessing solar energy for the production of fuel. More>
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recently awarded Berkeley researchers, including Niren Murthy of the Physical Biosciences Division, $5.8 million over the next five years to develop tools to quickly detect and identify drug-resistant pathogens in blood, urine, and other clinical samples. More>
Tropical forests play major roles in regulating Earth’s climate, but there are large uncertainties over how they’ll respond over the next 100 years as the planet’s climate warms. A $100 million, multi-institutional project led by Berkeley Lab will combine field research with model development to bring the future of tropical forests and the climate system into much clearer focus. More>
The program enables students to conduct thesis research at a national lab. Application deadline is April 14. Applicants must be pursuing research in an area aligned with the program’s priority research areas. More>
On Feb. 25, Peter Highnam, director of IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity), will discuss the agency’s priorities, participating in IARPA-funded research, and ways to engage with its experts. IARPA executes high-risk, high-payoff research for the U.S. Intelligence Community. The event takes place at 1 p.m. in 306 Soda Hall.
Berkeley Lab researchers have won two grants from the DOE and NCI that focus on particle beam-based therapies for treating cancer as well as on building faster, more powerful lasers for accelerators. More>