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Lab to Lead New Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area

The focus area seeks to quantify and predict how perturbations to mountainous watersheds — such as floods, droughts, fire and early snowmelt — impact the downstream delivery of water, nutrients, carbon, and metals. EESA’s Susan Hubbard will lead the effort, funded by the DOE with over $20 million for three years, and involving more than 65 scientists from several institutions. More>

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Lanzara Profiled in Moore Foundation’s ‘Beyond the Lab’

Materials scientist Alessandra Lanzara is a Moore Foundation grantee working on a cutting-edge technique called angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, or ARPES. This experimental tool gives scientists a glimpse into the secret lives of electrons and atoms, and could one day allow us to alter their properties using just a flash of light. More>

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$40M to Establish New Observatory Probing Early Universe

A new astronomy facility, the Simons Observatory, is planned in Chile’s Atacama Desert to boost ongoing studies of the evolution of the universe, from its earliest moments to today. The observatory will probe the subtle properties of the universe’s first light, known as cosmic microwave background radiation. More>

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Lab Partners With ProspectSV to Transform a Whole Foods Market

The California Energy Commission awarded $3 million to the MarketZero Project to convert an existing San Francisco Whole Foods Market to Zero Net Energy. The four-year project will serve as a major case study for stores throughout the state. Lab scientist Philip Haves will provide support for computer modeling to choose the best improvements. More>

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Billionaire Paul Allen Pledges $100 Million to Fund Life Sciences Research

The initial round of grants will include a $1.5 million grant for molecular and cell biology researcher Jennifer Doudna, who co-invented the CRISPR gene editing technology. She will study new ways of editing genes by targeting RNA. More>

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NSF to Provide $35 Million to Support IceCube Neutrino Observatory

The five-year, $35 million cooperative agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Madison will enable the continued operation and management of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. The National Science Foundation agreement includes sub-awards to Berkeley Lab. More>

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DOE to Fund Installation of Micro-Phasor Measurement Units

The Grid Integration Group will use the funds to install and use micro-Phasor Measurement Units (micro-PMUs) for advanced sensors integration and data analytics at the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid. This is an important opportunity for the Lab to demonstrate advanced analytics and algorithms utilizing micro-PMUs within a true microgrid environment. More>

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Secretary Moniz Discusses DOE Budget Proposal

President Obama’s final budget proposal for DOE includes a significant increase in clean energy R&D, with $5.85 billion in discretionary funding for clean energy R&D, a 21-percent increase from FY 2016, including increases for ARPA-E and the creation of new regional partnerships that will drive breakthroughs at research universities, labs, and companies across the U.S. More>

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FY2016 LDRD Project Awards

$25.3M was allotted to 84 projects from 179 proposals; 44 are new and 40 are continuation projects. Major initiatives focus on energy science and technology applications, novel computing technologies, or mechanistic understanding of multi-scale interactions among molecules, microbes, plants, metazoans, the abiotic environment, and their feedbacks. More>

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Lab Launches New Projects for Grid Modernization

Energy Secretary Moniz announced up to $220 million for 88 new projects across 14 National Lab to deliver new grid concepts, tools and technologies to support the nation’s effort to modernize the power grid. Berkeley Lab will lead two local efforts and assist other labs. More>

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