Today at Berkeley Lab

The Scientist Profiles the Inspirational Work of Lab’s Mina Bissell

“The reason I still travel and give talks, meet young scientists, and do interviews is that I see young people are inspired by my story of how I have persisted,” says Bissell of the Biosciences Area. “I never wanted to quit. If you are passionate and you have ideas leading to rigorous proof, you need to trust yourself.” More>

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KQED’s QUEST Program To Air Program Featuring Ashok Gadgil

Gadgil, with the Energy Technologies Area, discusses how innovative engineering is improving the lives of refugee women via the Darfur Stove in a program that first aired in 2014. It will air on April 8 at 1 p.m., and April 9 at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. Check here for your service provider’s KQED channel.

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Soil, Climate Research Makes Science Magazine Cover, Podcast

A recent Science magazine podcast interviewed EESA’s Caitlin Hicks Pries on a study she co-led with Margaret Torn on how soil might contribute to global warming (16:10 mark). Their study was also the cover of the most recent issue of the magazine.

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Mary Maxon: Inspiring Women in Sciences

Maxon (Biosciences Area) recently visited UC San Francisco to discuss the ways in which women can impact science policy at the state and national level. “Impact is as simple as a phone call, it is as simple as an email, and it really does matter,” she said. “Use it: your research and ideas can have a role in shaping future policy.” More>

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AGU Hosts Webinar for Scientists on Communicating With the Media

Viewers will learn the difference between communicating with other scientists and the media, how to determine if research is newsworthy, and interview preparation, among other topics. The American Geophysical Union webinar takes place Thursday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to noon. Register here. More>

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The ‘Dark Matter’ of the Microbial World

A study of gut microbiomes finds that a common DNA sequencing technique overlooks 90 percent of the diversity in archaea, which are single-celled microbes more closely related to humans than bacteria. Archaea are difficult to study, so not much is known about the organisms. This can lead to bias in the archaea knowledge base, says JGI’s Tanja Woyke. More>

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Doudna Talks Gene Editing Patent With Newsweek Magazine

In this Q&A, Jennifer Doudna of the Biosciences Area discusses the recent patent ruling on the CRISPR-Cas9 technology, what work can now proceed as a result of that ruling, the kinds of developments that might be seen in the future, what her lab is working on next, and advice for other scientists navigating the patent system. More>

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Cyclotron Road Aids Companies Focused on Energy Innovation

If you’re pitching a new software startup, you go to Sand Hill Road. If you’re pitching a hard science startup in a field like energy or manufacturing, though, Ilan Gur suggests that you make your way to Cyclotron Road, which offers free access to cutting-edge facilities, plus research staff and mentoring for those in need of time and space for complex R&D. More>

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Lab Researchers Included in NOVA Feature on Search for Super Battery

The program explores the hidden world of energy storage and how it holds the keys to a greener future. Lab battery researcher Lynn Trahey was included, and the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, which the Lab co-leads with Argonne, was mentioned. Watch the full episode here.

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Nat Geo Q&A With Lab’s Wehner on West’s Drought-Flood Pattern

The storms hitting the West Coast are intense, causing massive floods and landslides — and replenishing reservoirs after historic drought. But is the drought-flood pattern tied to our planet’s warming? Lab climate scientist Michael Wehner weighs in on what is known, and what isn’t. More>

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