Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Hosts Strategic Growth Council Discussion of Draft Research Plan

On Monday, Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell hosted leaders of California’s Strategic Growth Council and Bay Area universities and national labs to discuss the Council’s draft plan governing $11 million in climate- and energy-related research funding. The new program represents the first time that California’s greenhouse gas reduction fund revenues will be used to support research. More>

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NIH Awards $6.5 Million to Enhance Structural Biology Research

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $6.5 million to the Lab to integrate existing synchrotron structural biology resources to better serve researchers. The grant will establish a center based at the Advanced Light Source called ALS-ENABLE, which will guide users through the most appropriate routes for answering their specific biological questions. More>

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Agile BioFoundry Announces New Projects

The Agile BioFoundry — a consortium of nine DOE national labs, including Berkeley Lab — has received funding for seven new projects. These projects will allow industry and academic partners to utilize the Agile BioFoundry to develop novel microbial hosts and bio-products or to develop new capabilities and approaches that will advance all aspects of the bio-manufacturing cycle. More>

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Berkeley Lab Aims to Strengthen the Cybersecurity of the Grid

As the grid modernizes, communications between the grid and solar panels will standardize, providing both better resiliency as well as a vulnerability that could be exploited by hackers. A new Lab project led by Sean Peisert and Dan Arnold will develop tools to detect and counter cyber attacks on the grid. The project has been awarded up to $2.5 million by DOE. More>

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DOE Announces $20 Million to Commercialize Energy Technologies

Grants were given to 12 national labs. Berkeley Lab projects include “Advancing the Commercial Building Energy Saver for Actionable Insights into Building Retrofits and to Enable Broad-Based Commercialization” ($150K), and “Development of a High Efficiency Anaerobic Electroporation Apparatus for Biofuel Generation from Waste Gases” ($499K). More>

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Director’s Message: Federal Budget Update

To provide emergency assistance in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the President passed legislation that temporarily raises the nation’s debt limit, which keeps the federal government funded at FY17 levels through Dec. 8. Though it came as a result of these catastrophic storms, this legislation removes some of the immediate uncertainty for the nation and for Berkeley Lab. More>

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Director’s Message: Update on Federal Budget Process

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved separate versions of the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that funds the Department of Energy.The House version of the FY 18 appropriations bill would fund the Office of Science at FY 17 levels, while the Senate version would increase funding by 3%. In broad summary, the total funding to the Lab next year will probably be close to what it is this year. More>

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NIH Awards $9.3M for Further Development of Structural Biology Software

PHENIX, a software suite launched 17 years ago at Berkeley Lab to automate the analysis of structural biology data, has received $9.3 million from the National Institutes of Health for continued development. The grant will support the use of PHENIX to build and refine models to solve three-dimensional macromolecular structures. More>

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DARPA Awards $21.6M to Develop Optogenetic ‘Read-Write’ Neural Interface

DARPA has awarded $21.6 million to a team led by Biosciences researcher Ehud Isacoff to develop a novel neural interface device that uses light to monitor and modulate the activity of millions of individual neurons in the cerebral cortex. The project is one of six funded this year by the agency’s Neural Engineering System Design program. More>

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Lab Researchers’ Infant Warmer a Finalist for Award; Cast Your Vote

ETA’s Ashok Gadgil and Vi Rapp are “Saving Lives at Birth People’s Choice Award” finalists for their non-electric infant warmer. Forty percent of the 2.9 million deaths of newborns globally each year is attributable to hypothermia. Winning the award would fund a study to bring the warmers to hospitals in Rwanda. Go here to vote (select “Children’s Hospital Corporation,” 7th from top).

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