Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Congresswoman Jackie Speier Visits the Lab

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who represents southern San Francisco and northern Peninsula communities, recently spent an afternoon at Berkeley Lab. In addition to an overview of the Lab provided by Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, Speier toured the FLEXLAB and the Advanced Light Source. The Congresswoman was elected to the Congress in 2008. Previously she served the residents of the San Francisco Peninsula while on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and later in the California State Assembly and State Senate. In total she has over 29 years of representative public service.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein Visits Lab

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein visited Berkeley Lab on Tuesday, April 15. As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Feinstein plays an important role in setting funding levels for the Department of Energy. Lab Director Paul Alivisatos hosted the Senator on a tour of the Advanced Light Source where she met with scientists and users from industry and academia, and on a tour of the Molecular Foundry.

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