When Mary Maxon (Biosciences Area) worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, she developed the first-ever National Bioeconomy Blueprint, which outlines strategies to grow and manage this $325 billion + sector of the U.S. economy. A testament to its role in driving innovation, the Blueprint is number 49 in this Top 100 impact report.
Hosted by the University of Delaware and supported by Delaware’s governor, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and DOE Secretary Moniz, the event allowed industry and academia to learn how to partner and collaborate with DOE’s national labs. Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon participated, and Suzanne Storar (IPO) and Jenn Tang (Government & Community Relations) attended. More>
The initiative, launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will advance the understanding of microbiome behavior and enable the protection of healthy microbiomes, which are communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans, and the atmosphere. With its Microbes to Biomes program, the Lab is well positioned to contribute. More>
Forty staff members from across the DOE national lab complex, including nine from Berkeley Lab, helped convey the contributions of the labs to Congressional members and staff during National Lab Science Day on April 20 in Washington, D.C. Pictured is Energy Secretary Moniz (center) at the Lab’s display on biofuels research. More>
A recently introduced Assembly bill would split $66 million over three years to help UC campuses and Berkeley Lab carry innovations into the marketplace. The bill is modeled after incubator programs like UC San Francisco-based QB3, which helped raise $600 million and generate $161 million in revenue between 2000 and 2014. More>
Westerman (R-AR), Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on the Environment, participated in a full day of tours and presentations. He has a Masters degree in Forestry from Yale and is a mechanical engineer. Westerman toured the Lab’s user facilities, met with Director Witherell, and learned about the Lab’s biosciences research.
The Lab and others donated $50K to the Berkeley Humane Society to purchase a new digital radiograph machine. The instrument will help treat animals like Stanley (pictured), who suffered a severe hip injury. Stanley is on the mend and ready for adoption. Government Relation’s Armando Viramontes helped present the check at a special ceremony. More>
The American Institute of Physics and Acoustical Society of America are seeking applications for their Congressional science fellowship. The program offers a unique opportunity for scientists to contribute their knowledge and skills to directly addressing societal challenges. More>
The California Council on Science & Technology is currently accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Policy Fellows program. To learn more about the program, CCST is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 13. To participate, register here. Berkeley Lab is an affiliate member of CCST, which places scientists in the state legislature to assist policymakers.
The Dec. 8 U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing looked at “The Future of Biotechnology: Solutions for Energy, Agriculture and Manufacturing.” Witnesses, including Biosciences Deputy Director Mary Maxon, provided an overview of new and emerging technologies, their current and potential applications, and the role of the federal government in funding and regulation. More>