Today at Berkeley Lab

Institute for STEM Education Seeks Volunteers for Career Awareness Day

Cal State East Bay’s Institute for STEM Education is seeking volunteers for its April 26 Career Awareness Day, during which high school students from Berkeley, Emeryville, Richmond, and Oakland learn about STEM careers from local leaders. The event includes tours, exhibits, and a networking luncheon. Go here for details, or contact Janiene Langford.

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Maxon Testifies Before House Committee on National Labs, U.S. Competitiveness

On March 14, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Mary Maxon testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space & Technology. During the hearing, Maxon pointed to the national laboratories’ ability to address national mission needs through their user facilities, expertise in scientific research, and partnerships with universities and industry. The full testimony can be found here.

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Director Witherell Meets With Governor Brown

Director Witherell recently joined directors of California’s DOE and NASA labs in a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown. They discussed an array of topics including clean energy, climate, and water. Witherell and Associate Lab Director Susan Hubbard also met with Sen. Nancy Skinner, Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, Cal-EPA Secretary Matt Rodriguez, and others.

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Feb. 27 Women’s Panel on Transitioning from Academia to the Biotech Industry

The Women Entrepreneurs of Berkeley will host a panel discussion about transitioning from academia to the biotech industry on Feb. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Panelists include the Lab’s Jill Fuss of CinderBio, Rachel Haurwitz of Caribou Biosciences, and Sarah McWhirter of the STING Program at Aduro. Registration required. More>

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CalSEED Offers Opportunities to Commercialize Clean Energy Technologies

Do you have an innovative clean energy idea to commercialize? In partnership with Berkeley Lab, the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program supports innovators working to bring clean energy ideas to market. CalSEED provides grants and access to incubator resources. Applications are accepted between Feb. 15 and 28.

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DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar Visits Lab

Paul Dabbar’s visit on Jan. 18 focused on the Lab’s user facilities and industry engagement programs. He toured the Integrative Genomics Building construction site, JBEI, NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and the Advanced Light Source, and heard presentations on the proposed science to be conducted at the Lab’s Biocampus site, and high-performance computing. Go here to view a slideshow of his visit.

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Lab Scientists Contribute to State Report on Natural Gas Infrastructure

Jens Birkholzer, Curt Oldenburg, and Jeff Greenblatt were the Lab’s lead authors on a report by the California Council on Science & Technology assessing the long-term viability of underground natural gas storage in California. The report responds to Gov. Brown’s 2016 emergency proclamation following the Aliso Canyon gas leak. Go here to watch a noon public briefing on the report. More>

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Alameda County Seeks Nominations for Women’s Hall of Fame

The Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame annually recognizes outstanding women for their achievements and contributions to the county and its residents. Nominations are open for the 2018 cohort. Go here to nominate someone from Berkeley Lab who you believe is making a difference. Computing Sciences ALD Kathy Yelick was a 2017 awardee. Nominations are due Jan. 22. More>

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State Council Seeks Researchers for Science/Technology Policy Fellowships

The California Council on Science and Technology is accepting applications for 2019 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 experts. Applications are due Feb. 28. More>

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Lab Hosts Strategic Growth Council Discussion of Draft Research Plan

On Monday, Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell hosted leaders of California’s Strategic Growth Council and Bay Area universities and national labs to discuss the Council’s draft plan governing $11 million in climate- and energy-related research funding. The new program represents the first time that California’s greenhouse gas reduction fund revenues will be used to support research. More>

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