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.
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.
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.
Senior advisors to California Governor Jerry Brown recently spent the day at Berkeley Lab. They learned about many of the Lab’s cutting edge research initiatives to solve the nation’s grand challenges. Advisors from the CA Department of Finance and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s office also participated in the visit.
The California Council on Science and Technology is accepting applications for 2018 Science & Technology Policy Fellows. As Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. The program trains scientific thinkers to be policy-savvy, while helping equip lawmakers with science-savvy staff. Applications are due Feb. 28. More>
Mike Witherell joined twenty-six volunteers from across the Lab to become an ambassador for “cool science” at the Solano Stroll on Sept. 11. The ambassadors answered hundreds of questions from many local residents who were excited and eager to learn more about the science being performed at Berkeley Lab. Go here to see the list of volunteers, and here for photos.
Action items outlined in the best practices guide include closing the wage gap, reducing unconscious bias, improving mentorship, developing healthy workplace cultures, offering HR policies that benefit all, and advancing women as leaders. View the guide here. Government Relation’s Jennifer Tang was the Lab’s point of contact for the guide.
When Mary Maxon (Biosciences Area) worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, she developed the first-ever National Bioeconomy Blueprint, which outlines strategies to grow and manage this $325 billion + sector of the U.S. economy. A testament to its role in driving innovation, the Blueprint is number 49 in this Top 100 impact report.
Hosted by the University of Delaware and supported by Delaware’s governor, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and DOE Secretary Moniz, the event allowed industry and academia to learn how to partner and collaborate with DOE’s national labs. Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon participated, and Suzanne Storar (IPO) and Jenn Tang (Government & Community Relations) attended. More>
The initiative, launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will advance the understanding of microbiome behavior and enable the protection of healthy microbiomes, which are communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans, and the atmosphere. With its Microbes to Biomes program, the Lab is well positioned to contribute. More>