Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab’s Weitekamp ‘Thanks’ Taxpayers for Being Angel Investors

Cyclotron Road’s Raymond Weitekamp recently contributed a post on the blogging platform “Medium” thanking American taxpayers for being his angel investor. In reference to polySpectra, the spin-off company he helped found, Weitekamp wrote, “You took a big risk and it’s paying off.” polySpectra uses light-activated catalysts to 3D print advanced functional materials. More>

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CRD’s David Patterson to Help Lead ‘Crucial’ Google Project

Patterson, who recently retired as a UC Berkeley professor, is now a key part of the team behind a critical chip that Google uses for artificial intelligence processing. Without the chip, it is estimated Google would have to double its data centers to support even a limited amount of voice processing. More>

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Berkeley Public Schools Fund Honors Biosciences’ Mary Wildermuth

Wildermuth was recently honored at the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Spring Luncheon for her contributions. Wildermuth developed “Be a Scientist,” a seventh-grade program that matches 200 UC Berkeley science mentors with individual students at Berkeley’s three middle schools to help them learn about scientific inquiry and investigation. The Lab is a longtime luncheon sponsor.

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Jeff Neaton Selected as Energy Sciences Associate Laboratory Director

Neaton was selected after an international search. As the former Molecular Foundry director and former Materials Sciences Division acting director, Neaton has a distinguished record of Energy Sciences Area leadership. He is a member of the UC Berkeley Physics Department and will serve as Foundry acting director until a successor is named. More>

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Jonathan Ajo-Franklin Named New Geophysics Department Head

Ajo-Franklin will lead the department, housed within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, effective June 15. His research focuses on using geophysical techniques to understand dynamic alterations in subsurface properties of relevance to the environmental and energy sectors. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford and was an MIT postdoc before joining the Lab. More>

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MSD’s Rob Ritchie Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

Ritchie is one of 10 new foreign members to receive this prestigious recognition for their outstanding contributions to science. He was recognized for his “research into the mechanics and micro-mechanisms of fracture and fatigue of a broad range of structural and biological materials, where he has provided a microstructural basis for their damage-tolerance and fatigue resistance.” More>

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Lockowandt Appointed as New K-16 Educational Programs Manager

Mara Lockowandt has joined Berkeley Lab as the new manager of K-16 Educational Programs, part of Public Affairs’ Workforce Development & Education department. The K-16 programs reach nearly 2,000 students each year, focusing on student populations historically underrepresented in STEM careers. More>

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Ronnen Levinson Speaking at State Air Resources Board Seminar on May 3

Levinson, a staff scientist in the Lab’s Energy Technologies Area, will lead a seminar titled “Life-Cycle Assessment and Co-Benefits of Cool Pavements” on May 3, at 2 p.m., in the Sierra Hearing Room of the Cal EPA headquarters in Sacramento. The event will also be viewable as a live webcast. For more information, go here.

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Peter Fiske Named Director of Lab’s Water-Energy Resilience Institute

Starting May 15, Peter Fiske will be the director of Berkeley Lab’s Water-Energy Resilience Institute, a new position that underscores the Lab’s commitment to developing solutions for the challenges associated with the interdependence of water and energy systems. He comes from Richmond, California–based PAX Water Technologies Inc., where he was the Chief Executive Officer. More>

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Can Driving Apps Make Traffic Worse? ETA’s Alex Bayen on KALW’s Crosscurrents

Alex Bayen, the director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies and a researcher in the Lab’s Energy Technologies Area, was recently featured in a news segment titled “Driving apps like Waze are creating new traffic problems” for Crosscurrents, an award-winning daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. More>

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