Dozens of business leaders, academics and government representatives gathered last week to discuss how the nation’s manufacturing base can get back that can-do attitude. Organized by Berkeley’s College of Engineering, Berkeley Lab materials scientist Ramamoorthy Ramesh, the Northern California Workshop for Energy Technologies took place at UC’s Richmond Field Station, which has been chosen as the site for a new joint campus of UC and Berkeley Lab, called the Richmond Bay Campus. More>
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More than 240 children and parents from Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond enjoyed an evening of science provided by 20 Berkeley Lab and school volunteers on Jan. 24. The multipurpose room at the school was transformed into a Bubble Festival where participants explored making bubbles with straws, strings, and even their own bodies. Funded by Public Affairs and provided through the Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) Berkeley Lab In School Settings (BLISS) program, Washington’s Family Science Night is one of several planned for schools that will be nearest neighbors to the proposed Richmond Bay Campus.
The Lab and UC Berkeley will host a workshop this evening on the long-range development plan for the Richmond Bay Campus. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium (403 Civic Center Plaza). Participants will learn more about site planning and development objectives for the campus, and can join a discussion of these topics. Go here to RSVP.
A low flying helicopter will be seen over Berkeley Lab this week capturing video for future Lab use. The helicopter’s excursion above the Lab will last about an hour before moving on to the proposed second campus site in Richmond. The helicopter is scheduled sometime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. The helicopter will capture aerial views of the Lab’s surrounding landscapes and buildings, as well as a 360-degree perspective of both the Lab and the Richmond Bay Campus. The video will be used on the Lab’s various websites and for future planning. Questions about the flyover can be sent to Ross Fisher.
Lab employees are invited to join in a discussion with Lab and UC Berkeley scientists on the proposed research for the Richmond Bay Campus. The gathering takes place tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium (403 Civic Center Plaza). Send RSVP’s here.
Recently, Congressman George Miller (D-CA), with Lab Director Paul Alivisatos (right), UC Berkeley’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Real Estate Bob Hatheway (center), and Don Medley, the Lab’s Head of Federal Government Relations, toured the Richmond Field Station (RFS), the preferred alternative site for the Lab’s proposed second campus. The tour, preceded by an update on the project, included a review of the sites many aesthetic and logistical attributes, current UC Berkeley research there, and the plans for Phase One. The RFS is located in the congressman’s district. Miller was accompanied by his District Director Barb Johnson and Senior Field Representative for Richmond Latressa Alford.
Biosafety officer Bruce King (left) and biofuels researcher Nathan Hillson discussed the planned science programs with Richmond residents.
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley held a community workshop Thursday evening at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium intended to engage the Richmond community in a discussion of what they would like to see at the proposed Richmond Bay Campus, preferred site for the Lab’s second campus. More than 300 people turned out to hear talks from Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon, UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Research Graham Fleming, and others. Several informational tables helped give residents a chance to ask questions about sustainability, jobs and educational opportunities, among other topics.
On May 24, four months after the announcement of the Richmond Field Station as Berkeley Lab’s preferred site for the proposed consolidation of the biosciences programs, Congressman and Richmond native George Miller (center) received an immersion in biosciences by Berkeley Lab leaders. Associate Lab Director Jay Keasling led an afternoon of presentations that covered JBEI, the Joint Genome Institute, the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, and the Life Sciences Division activities at Potter Street in Berkeley. Miller is pictured with Ning Sun (left) and Lan Sun. More>
[New York Times] Richmond’s selection as the site of Berkeley Lab’s second campus will not only bring in millions of dollars to a struggling city, but may signal its shift into one of the most desirable business locations in the region. Richmond residents will be in a position to get some of the construction jobs. Developers are expected to construct buildings for spinoff businesses. While neighboring cities that vied for the lab were disappointed, there are no hard feelings, said Michael Caplan, with the City of Berkeley. “What the Lab has actually done is highlight the East Bay’s special position, particularly in bioscience, research and development, and the broader pipeline that exists,” he said. More>
Let’s talk about collaboration, or that dreaded word (though I’ll use it anyway), synergy, with regards to the Second Campus. The Lab’s leased facilities are currently spread throughout several East Bay cities — Walnut Creek, Berkeley, and Emeryville. Consolidating the programs onto one site will lead to new ways of approaching scientific challenges. For those of you that have worked in open labs, newsrooms, or creative spaces, you know that there’s a general sense of excitement when people of various backgrounds and skills find themselves talking over lunch, in the hallway, or at a whiteboard, reaching innovative solutions to common problems. More>