Posts Tagged ‘UC Berkeley’

UC Berkeley College of Chemistry Launches Research Hub

Monday, April 14th, 2014

CARA ribbon imageThe UC Berkeley College of Chemistry has launched a new collaborative research center, the California Research Alliance by BASF (CARA), a multidisciplinary effort focused on innovation and technology transfer. Along with Berkeley and the chemical company BASF, CARA academic partners include UCLA and Stanford University. CARA is led by Berkeley Lab scientists and UC Berkeley chemistry professors Peidong Yang and Omar Yaghi. More>

Perlmutter, Smoot Participate in Cal Day Nobel Laureate Discussion

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

UC Berkeley will host a conversation with Berkeley Lab Nobel Prize winners Saul Perlmutter and George Smoot, along with campus Nobelists Randy Scheckman and Daniel McFadden, on Saturday, April 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium. The event is part of UC Berkeley’s annual Cal Day open house. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis, starting at 2 p.m. The group will discuss the role of science in modern society and how they would apply scientific methods to approach complex global problems. More>

Lab Employees Invited to Join Cleanweb Hackathon 2.0

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) is throwing its second annual Cleanweb Hackathon, which builds software-based business solutions and open-source code by introducing talented hackers to today’s energy and resource challenges. Join other developers, designers, data scientists, and environmental experts and compete April 18 to 20 to build apps under two themes: 1) Water: Solving California’s Water Crisis and 2) Energy: Revolutionizing Building Energy Efficiency. Go here to register. A seminar on the event takes place Wednesday at noon in Building 90-3122.

Women at National Labs Provide Perspective to Students at June 2 Event

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The Lab’s Women Scientists and Engineers Council, along with the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (headquartered at UC Berkeley), is hosting an event called “Student to Scientist: Perspectives from Women in National Labs” on Monday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alumni House on campus. Employees are invited to attend the panel discussion and networking session with students in various STEM disciplines. Panelists include Deb Agarwal of the Computational Research Division (pictured), Mary Beth Ward of Livermore Lab, Dianna Blair of Sandia Lab, and Nina Rosenberg of Los Alamos Lab. The event is free. Registration information will follow.

Lab Hosts ‘Proposer Day’ for Tri-Institute Neurotechnology Project

Monday, March 31st, 2014

As part of the recently announced tri-institutional partnership between Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco, the Lab earlier this month hosted more than 90 researchers from these organizations to discuss the partnership’s seed collaborative project in neurotechnology and the opportunities provided by President Obama’s BRAIN initiative. More>

Branding the Elements: Berkeley Stakes its Claims on the Periodic Table

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

[California Magazine] Let the other universities brand themselves with the presidents they’ve produced, the corporations they’ve midwifed, their location in a small town outside of Boston, or their number one football team. At Berkeley, we’re OK with being number 97. On the periodic table of elements. Yup. Good ol‘ 97, berkelium, Bk for short. Or you could look us up under number 98, californium. And then there’s seaborgium, lawrencium, astatine, and on and on. Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory can claim 16 elements. That’s about 14 percent of the known periodic table that’s ours, indisputably. More>

Corporate-Funded Academic Inventions Spur Increased Innovation, Study Says

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Academic research sponsored by industry has a strong track record of leading to innovative patents and licenses, challenging assumptions that corporate support skews science toward inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others than those funded by the government or non-profit organizations, according to a new analysis. The findings, published March 19 in a commentary in the journal Nature, are based upon a study of two decades of records from the University of California system. The BP-funded Energy Biosciences Institute, a research consortium that includes Berkeley Lab, was among the relationships studied for the report. More>

Using Carbon to Control the Light

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The flip of a light switch — a nano-scale light switch — may some day dramatically boost the speed of data transmission, from streaming movies to accelerating the most data-intense computation. Today, information flow in a computer is based on electrical pulses. But if an electrical signal could instead control a light switch, the “ones and zeros” that give data meaning could race through computer circuits at ten times the current speed. A ten-fold increase in speed would mean a similar spike in the volume of information that can be processed. Research on this nano-scale light switch is being conducted by Berkeley Lab materials scientist Feng Wang, as part of his UC Berkeley Bakar Fellowship. More>

Lab-Led Research Could Guide the Development of Bacteria-Resistant Materials

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

A team of researchers led by Berkeley Lab scientists used scanning electron microscopy to explore, for the first time, how individual Staphylococcus Aureus cells glom onto metallic nanostructures of various shapes and sizes. They found that bacterial adhesion and survival rates vary depending on the nanostructure’s shape. Their work could lead to a more nuanced understanding of what makes a surface less inviting to bacteria. The research was led by Mohammad Mofrad and Zeinab Jahed of the Physical Biosciences Division and UC Berkeley. More>

Brain Project Kicks Off New Partnership With Lab, UC Berkeley, UCSF

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco have formed a new partnership to support science and technology initiatives and projects with the intent of catalyzing potentially transformative collaborative research among the three institutions, and positioning the institutions favorably for follow-on extramural funding. The initiative is being launched with a seed-funding program that will address innovative neurotechnology research in response to the Presidential BRAIN Initiative. The partnership will support new collaborative projects that strengthen the abilities of the partners to forge a strong Bay Area neurotechnology collaboration responsive to national needs. More>