Recently, U.S. Representative Barbara Lee and her key DC and Oakland staff toured Berkeley Lab along with Director Alivisatos and Don Medley, head of Federal Government Relations. The Congresswoman was briefed on LIGTT and batteries research, and was given a tour of the Advanced Light Source by ALS Director Roger Falcone. Congresswoman Lee is a strong supporter of the Lab, especially research into renewable sources of sustainable energy.
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[New York Times] Lab Director Paul Alivisatos is among six leading scientists who proposed new approaches for mapping the brain, a project endorsed by the Obama administration. “Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy,” Obama said in his State of the Union address. “Today our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s. They’re developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs, devising new materials to make batteries 10 times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation.” More>
Venkat Srinivasan (right), an EERE researcher and the Lab’s top scientist for the new DOE Joint Center on Energy Storage and Research (JCESR), and the center’s director, Argonne’s George Crabtree, were in DC last week along with Don Medley, the Lab’s head of Federal Government Relations, to brief Congressional staff about the new partnership. JCESR’s goal of a five-fold gain in battery performance in five years impressed the staff. Offices visited included Bay Area members of Congress and Senate Appropriations Committees.
Last week, Berkeley Lab hosted California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister (second from left). McAllister, a former energy analyst at Berkeley Lab, toured several of the Lab’s user facilities and received briefings on the latest research in energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, grid integration and super computing. The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy, public interest scientific research and planning agency.
Wednesday morning, Rep. Barbara Lee, who represents the California 9th Congressional District, including Berkeley Lab, spoke during “One Minute Speeches” on the House Floor about the need to invest in renewable energy research. The Congresswoman highlighted research in her district that is paving the way for sustainable energy solutions, including work at UC Berkeley, product development at companies like Polyplus, and research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Recently, Congressman George Miller (D-CA), with Lab Director Paul Alivisatos (right), UC Berkeley’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Real Estate Bob Hatheway (center), and Don Medley, the Lab’s Head of Federal Government Relations, toured the Richmond Field Station (RFS), the preferred alternative site for the Lab’s proposed second campus. The tour, preceded by an update on the project, included a review of the sites many aesthetic and logistical attributes, current UC Berkeley research there, and the plans for Phase One. The RFS is located in the congressman’s district. Miller was accompanied by his District Director Barb Johnson and Senior Field Representative for Richmond Latressa Alford.
Senior staff from the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee visited Berkeley Lab and campus on Tuesday and Wednesday to learn more about programs that fall under their committee’s legislative jurisdiction. Chris King, Democratic Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment (center), oversees the committee’s minority staff working on issues related to DOE’s civilian R&D portfolio. His colleague, Dahlia Sokolov, Democratic Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Research and Education (right), focuses on NSF and STEM education issues across the executive branch. They toured the Foundry and ALS (with Paul Adams, left), and met with Computing ALD Kathy Yelick, Physical Biosciences Director Adam Arkin, astrophysicist Michael Levi and others.
John Murray, from the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, pictured at right with NCEM’s Peter Ercius at TEAM 1.0, visited the Lab and the Joint Bioenergy Institute late last month. In addition to a briefing and tour at JBEI, Murray visited the Advanced Light Source and NCEM and was briefed on the Lab’s major initiatives by Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon. Murray was recently promoted to Senior Field Representative in Feinstein’s San Francisco Office. Responsibility for liaising with Berkeley Lab is a part of his new portfolio.
On May 24, four months after the announcement of the Richmond Field Station as Berkeley Lab’s preferred site for the proposed consolidation of the biosciences programs, Congressman and Richmond native George Miller (center) received an immersion in biosciences by Berkeley Lab leaders. Associate Lab Director Jay Keasling led an afternoon of presentations that covered JBEI, the Joint Genome Institute, the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, and the Life Sciences Division activities at Potter Street in Berkeley. Miller is pictured with Ning Sun (left) and Lan Sun. More>
Last week, Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon was in Washington, D.C. providing testimony on China’s high performance computing program before a hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Go here to view a video of the hearing, entitled “Assessing China’s Efforts to Become an Innovation Society.” Congress created the 12-member commission in 2000 to study and to provide recommendations on the bilateral security and economic relations between the United States and China.