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Cal-BRAIN Selects 16 Projects for Seed Grants

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>

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Energy Department to Provide $75 Million for ‘Fuels from Sunlight’ Hub

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>

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PBD’s Murthy Recipient of NIH Grant to Spot Drug-Resistant Microbes

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>

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Lab Leads $100 Million Project on Tropical Forests and Climate Change

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>

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Office of Science Offers Grad Student Research at National Labs

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>

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Feb. 25 Campus Talk on IARPA Funding

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.

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Grants Give Particle Accelerator Technologies a Boost

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>

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Cal Energy Corps Offers Paid Internships for Students

The undergraduate internship provides opportunities for students to design, develop, and deliver sustainable energy and climate solutions around the world. More>

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L’Oreal Offers Fellowships for Women in STEM

The company will award five postdocs with grants of up to $60K each. Applicants from a variety of fields are welcome, including life, physical, and material sciences, computing sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Application deadline is March 20. More>

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C2M Accepting Applications; Deadline is Feb. 15

Cleantech to Market (C2M) is a partnership between students, scientists, engineers, and professionals to translate cleantech research into market opportunities. Selected technologies will receive approximately 1,000 hours of comprehensive technology evaluation and market assessment. More>

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