Today at Berkeley Lab

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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White House Seeks Input on New ‘Strategy for American Innovation’

The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council request public comments to help guide the Administration’s efforts to support transformative American innovation and spur new fundamental discoveries that lead to growing economic prosperity and rising living standards. Deadline is Sept. 23. More>

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Computing ALD Kathy Yelick Meets with U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Yelick participated in a meeting with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. The gathering, organized by Representative Barbara Lee, focused on a trade and energy mission to Africa she is leading. Yelick will represent Berkeley Lab as a part of the delegation.

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Lab’s Mina Bissell Receives Award From Assemblymember Skinner

Representative recognized women in 15 Assembly District who have made significant contributions in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including Lab life scientist Mina Bissell. More>

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Lab Contingent Raises User Facility Awareness on Capitol Hill

Group led hands-on demos of capabilities at Lab User Facilities. More>

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