Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Donates to CSU East Bay Institute to Support K-12 STEM Outreach

The Lab has donated $15,000 to the California State University East Bay Institute for STEM Education’s Centers for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaborative Learning (CIRCLe) Labs program. Sponsored by the Lab’s Government and Community Relations office, this marks the second annual “signature” contribution to an organization that shares the Lab’s values. More>

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Rotary Club of Berkeley Visits Berkeley Lab

Members of the Rotary Club of Berkeley recently visited to learn more about the Lab and its world-leading scientific research. Rotary is an international community service organization with chapters across the globe. The Berkeley chapter, chartered in 1916, is one of the oldest in the world.

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Maxon Named to Governor’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine

Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon is one of 14 people appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine. Maxon and committee members will advise on many aspects of policy issues relating to precision medicine, which aims to use advanced computing and technology to better understand, treat, and prevent disease. More>

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State Senator Stern Makes Sept. 28 Visit to Lab

State Senator Henry Stern (Los Angeles) — who successfully pushed to increase funding for clean energy research from the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund — met with Director Witherell and researchers from the Earth and Environmental Sciences, Energy Technologies and Biosciences Areas. He then toured NERSC and attended Cyclotron Road’s annual innovator showcase.

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State Assembly Member Catharine Baker Visits Berkeley Lab

Baker, whose East Bay District is home to 1,200 Lab employees, visited on Sept. 18. The vice-chair of the Higher Education Committee, Baker met with Director Witherell to discuss the Lab’s research relevant to energy, environment, and water challenges facing the state. Mary Ann Piette (left) briefed her on the Lab’s leadership in advancing building energy efficiency with a tour of FLEXLAB.

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A Lovely Day for Science at the 2017 Solano Stroll

Lab volunteers recently participated in the Solano Stroll, an annual fair featuring booths, entertainment and food in north Berkeley and Albany. In addition to demos by ESnet, JBEI, and Workforce Development & Education, volunteers fielded hundreds of questions from visitors curious about the Lab. See volunteers list here. The booth was organized by Government & Community Relations.

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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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U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren Visits the Lab

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) visited Berkeley Lab on Friday, Sept. 1. Congressman Hultgren serves on the Science, Space and Technology Committee and is a co-chair and founder of the House Science and National Labs Caucus. Fermilab is located in his congressional district.

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Users Highlight Light Source Impacts in Capitol Hill Briefing

A panel of light source users participated in a briefing for Capitol Hill staff that highlighted the critical role DOE X-ray light source user facilities play in advancing new technologies, the challenges posed by increasing international competition from Europe and Asia, and how next-generation upgrades to these facilities will open new scientific frontiers. More>

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Attend the 2017 Berkeley Visionary Awards

Please join the Berkeley Chamber, City of Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and UC Berkeley in celebrating the 2017 Visionary Awards on Monday, Sept. 11th. The awards recognize and celebrate exceptional entrepreneurs who succeed in launching and growing their enterprises in Berkeley. The Chamber is offering a 50% discount on tickets for Lab employees. Use promo code “Visionary50.”

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