Today at Berkeley Lab

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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State Assembly Member Tim Grayson Visits Joint Genome Institute

Grayson (D-Concord) and his district director Naser Javaid recently visited JGI to learn about their sequencing, metabolomics, single-cell genomics, and DNA synthesis capabilities. Grayson also met with JGI Director Nigel Mouncey and heard from researchers Susannah Tringe and Trent Northen.

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Congressmembers Mark DeSaulnier and Kathy Castor Visit Berkeley Lab

DeSaulnier (D-Concord, CA) sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Castor (D-Tampa, FL) sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. During their visit last week, they received a briefing on the Energy Technologies Area’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative and toured the Advanced Light Source.

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Rocky Mountain Institute Brief Cites Berkeley Lab Report

The Rocky Mountain Institute released an “Insight Brief” on how to scale home energy financing projects that cites a Berkeley Lab report, “Current Practices in Efficiency Financing: An Overview for State and Local Governments,” by ETA’s Greg Leventis and others. The Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, non-partisan nonprofit that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources.

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State Legislators Adjourn Senate, Assembly in Memory of Art Rosenfeld

During the adjournment last week, Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond cited Rosenfeld’s pioneering work to establish the Lab as a leader in energy efficiency research, his service on the Energy Commission, and the “Rosenfeld Effect” that’s kept California’s per capita electricity consumption flat since the 1970s. Watch Skinner’s remarks here, and Thurmond’s here.

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Director Mike Witherell Meets With Governor Jerry Brown

Directors from California’s six federal research labs recently met with Brown to discuss how the state can leverage the labs to solve some of its toughest challenges. Witherell noted it was a positive, far-ranging discussion, with the labs fielding questions from the Governor across a range of topics including energy, environment, water, health, cybersecurity, and infrastructure.

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Jim Hawley is Lab’s New State & Community Relations Manager

Hawley previously was a principal at the Dewey Square Group, developing the firm’s West Coast sustainable energy practice. Prior to that, he developed and managed the multi-state advocacy program for TechNet, represented emerging growth companies in Silicon Valley as a corporate attorney, and served as legislative director for former U.S. House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt.

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Mallinda Co-Founder Participates in Capitol Hill Briefing in D.C.

Mallinda’s Chris Kaffer (far right) participated in a briefing on the current state of U.S. manufacturing. Hosted by the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus and moderated by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, the briefing focused on efforts to improve the competitiveness of the nation’s manufacturers and manufacturing workforce. Mallinda is a 2016-2017 Cyclotron Road participant.

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