Today at Berkeley Lab

OSTP Assistant Director for Nanotechnology Visits Berkeley Lab

Lloyd Whitman, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, helps maintain support for the National Nanotechnology Initiative and the Materials Genome Initiative. During his visit, Whitman learned about the Materials Project and toured the ALS and the Molecular Foundry.

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Key Congressional Staff Visit Lab

Congressional staff members Meyer Seligman of Senate Appropriations and Emily Domenech of the House Science Committee met with Director Paul Alivisatos and toured BELLA, the ALS, the Molecular Foundry, JCAP, JBEI and FLEXLab. Physics and Nuclear Sciences researchers briefed the two on key experiments and projects.

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Congress Members, Staff Attend ESnet Briefing on Science Networking

More than 60 people, including two members of Congress and dozens of staffers, turned out for a special one-hour briefing on the critical role of networking in advancing scientific discovery in academia, industry and national laboratories. The July 28 session was organized by the lab’s Government and Community Relations Office. More>

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Lab Leads Subsurface Science & Technology Exhibit at National Lab Day

The Earth Science Division played a significant role in leading the preparation of the Subsurface Science and Technology exhibit, with 11 other national labs, at the recent National Lab Day held in Washington D.C. The event helps explain to congress the impact of science conducted by the National Laboratory System. More>

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Jennifer Tang Named New Manager of Federal and External Relations

In this newly created position, Tang will help expand and advance the Lab’s outreach to federal government stakeholders and work with regional and state-wide organizations to build their third party support for the Lab in Washington, DC. She formerly worked as a senior field representative in the state office of Senator Barbara Boxer.

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Lab Scientists Testify at State Legislative Hearing on Climate Change

Bill Collins discussed the latest projections, future risks and impacts of climate change on California and its water systems, while Jeff Greenblatt explained his modeling of all relevant California policies in order to assess their combined effect on reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. More>

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Representative Mark DeSaulnier Visits the Joint Genome Institute

Last month, DeSaulnier, who represents District 11 (Contra Costa County), and his staffer Pat Joyce met with Science Deputy Jim Bristow and Operations Deputy Ray Turner, and heard a presentation on research that looks at the microbial diversity and carbon cycling in the Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River wetland. More>

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U.S. Representative David Valadao Visits the Lab

The Republican from California’s Central Valley toured the Advance Light Source and the Molecular Foundry along with Director Alivisatos, ALS Director Roger Falcone and Foundry Director Jeff Neaton. Valadao is a new member of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the Department of Energy.

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Details on Presidential Budget Request for DOE R&D

As part of the President’s request, the Department of Energy would see a 9.2 percent increase, and the Office of Science a 5.4 percent increase. Hearings later this month and in early March will provide more clarity on congressional response to the request. More>

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Lab Participates in DOE ‘Lab Day’ in Washington D.C.

Several notable research projects were highlighted at the Sept. 16 event, which sought to increase awareness of the science and impact of the national lab system. Those who helped support Berkeley Lab’s participation include Bill Collins (center), Dula Parkinson, Alecia Ward, David Skinner, Jon Bashor, Frances Houle, Venkat Srinivasan, Maryann Villavert, Don Medley, and Weston Lile. More>

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