Senior advisors to California Governor Jerry Brown recently spent the day at Berkeley Lab. They learned about many of the Lab’s cutting edge research initiatives to solve the nation’s grand challenges. Advisors from the CA Department of Finance and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s office also participated in the visit.
The California Council on Science and Technology is accepting applications for 2018 Science & Technology Policy Fellows. As Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. The program trains scientific thinkers to be policy-savvy, while helping equip lawmakers with science-savvy staff. Applications are due Feb. 28. More>
Mike Witherell joined twenty-six volunteers from across the Lab to become an ambassador for “cool science” at the Solano Stroll on Sept. 11. The ambassadors answered hundreds of questions from many local residents who were excited and eager to learn more about the science being performed at Berkeley Lab. Go here to see the list of volunteers, and here for photos.
Action items outlined in the best practices guide include closing the wage gap, reducing unconscious bias, improving mentorship, developing healthy workplace cultures, offering HR policies that benefit all, and advancing women as leaders. View the guide here. Government Relation’s Jennifer Tang was the Lab’s point of contact for the guide.
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.