Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Local Youths Compete in Lab’s First Energy Design Challenge

Nearly 30 youths from the Rising Sun Energy Center recently visited the Lab to compete in the first-ever Berkeley Lab Energy Design Challenge. The judging panel included Josh Quigley from Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office, Tasha Henneman from Senator Nancy Skinner’s office, and Lab scientist Leo Rainer from the Energy Technologies Area. 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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Lab Researchers Participate in Panel for Youth on STEM Careers

Robin Lopez (EESA), Mariam Kiran (ESnet) and Teresa Williams (Molecular Foundry) spoke about their STEM careers as part of the Rising Sun Energy Center’s summer orientation. Many of the youth will take part in an Energy Design Challenge at the Lab on Aug. 15, hosted by Workforce Development & Education and Government & Community Relations.

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Lab Staff Volunteer with Rebuilding Together

Lab employees and their friends dedicated a recent Saturday to help make improvements to the South Berkeley Senior Center. Their efforts were part of a larger renovation of the center, which provides companionship, culture, and community for older adults in Berkeley. The event was part of Rebuilding Together East Bay-North program. Go here to see a list of volunteers.

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Energy Secretary Perry Lauds California’s National Labs During China Trip

The Bay Area Council recently went to China for a global conference on climate change. The delegation, which included the Lab’s Jay Keasling and Alecia Ward, met with Rick Perry to discuss the important role of California’s national labs, including Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore Lab, in advancing clean energy technology. Perry called California’s labs “crown jewels.” More>

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