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.
The Lab and others donated $50K to the Berkeley Humane Society to purchase a new digital radiograph machine. The instrument will help treat animals like Stanley (pictured), who suffered a severe hip injury. Stanley is on the mend and ready for adoption. Government Relation’s Armando Viramontes helped present the check at a special ceremony. More>
The American Institute of Physics and Acoustical Society of America are seeking applications for their Congressional science fellowship. The program offers a unique opportunity for scientists to contribute their knowledge and skills to directly addressing societal challenges. More>
The California Council on Science & Technology is currently accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Policy Fellows program. To learn more about the program, CCST is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 13. To participate, register here. Berkeley Lab is an affiliate member of CCST, which places scientists in the state legislature to assist policymakers.
The Dec. 8 U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing looked at “The Future of Biotechnology: Solutions for Energy, Agriculture and Manufacturing.” Witnesses, including Biosciences Deputy Director Mary Maxon, provided an overview of new and emerging technologies, their current and potential applications, and the role of the federal government in funding and regulation. More>
Governor Brown regularly turns to a collection of California scientists for help developing new policies and rallying support for fighting global warming. Among this team is Berkeley Lab climate modeling researcher Bill Collins. More>
The White House recently hosted leadership from some of the nation’s most innovative labs for a forum on “Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems with Federal Labs.” The forum highlighted a number of novel models that promote robust relationships between federal labs and industry, such as Cyclotron Road, housed at Berkeley Lab. More>
Those who missed the event last week can go here to watch an archived video of Michael Hiltzik as he discusses his new book on “Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex.”