Today at Berkeley Lab

State of the Lab: Q&A With Lab Director Mike Witherell

Lab Director Mike Witherell recently offered his thoughts on the Lab’s direction, status, and reputation in an interview with Lab Chief Communications Officer John German. If you missed the Director’s “State of the Lab” address, go here to watch it. More>

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Video of Conversation Between NPR’s Joe Palca and Geri Richmond Now Available

Geri Richmond — a member of the National Science Board, secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and advocate for diversity — sat down in conversation with NPR’s Joe Palca on Monday, June 11. The event was part of the Director’s Distinguished Women in Science speaker series. Watch it here.

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‘Unintended Consequences of Familiarity’ Inclusion Videos Now Available

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office has launched a Lab-wide program called “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation.” Each month features a new inclusion theme. May’s topic is “Unintended Consequences of Familiarity.” More>

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Students Get Schooled in X-Rays at the Advanced Light Source

Seventh graders from Berkeley’s Black Pine Circle School collected 3D images with X-rays at the Advanced Light Source on Thursday, April 26. In this video, ALS researcher Dula Parkinson shows the students how X-rays work. Their teacher, Christine Myko, has taught lessons about the ALS since 2013, when she developed classroom curriculum during an internship with Parkinson.

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Print All-Liquid 3-D Structures

Scientists have developed a way to print 3-D structures composed entirely of liquids. Using a modified 3-D printer, they injected threads of water into silicone oil — sculpting tubes made of one liquid within another liquid. This marks an important first step toward liquid electronics. More>

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Video Chronicles the Sights and Sounds of Perry Visit

During Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s visit on March 27, he stopped by Lab user facilities and heard from numerous scientists about their research. This video captures what he saw, and uses his own words to describe what he learned. Watch>

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World Water Day: Toward More Efficient Wastewater Recycling

On World Water Day, watch researcher Emily Tow of the Energy Technologies Area talk about her project to treat municipal wastewater in an energy-efficient way and bring it up to drinking water standards. Using the Molecular Foundry, she is looking at biofouling of membranes used to treat wastewater. View all of our videos for World Water Day here.

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World Water Day: The Effects of Climate Change on California Watersheds

California relies on the Sierra Nevada snowpack for a significant portion of its water needs, yet scientists understand very little about how changes in snowpack volume and timing will influence surface water and groundwater. Erica Woodburn is working on an advanced hydrologic model to study how climate change might affect California watersheds in the future. More>

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World Water Day: Chinmayee Subban on Aiding Agricultural Irrigation

Our second video for World Water Day this week features Chinmayee Subban, a researcher in the Energy Technologies Area. She discusses her technology for removing salt from low salinity water, a tech solution that could provide an alternative irrigation source for California’s agriculture needs. Go here to learn more about the Lab’s new Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute (WERRI).

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Lab’s Nuclear Science Division Highlighted in APS Video

The Lab’s Nuclear Science Division was highlighted as part of a video series for the American Physical Society’s recent meeting in Los Angeles. The video looks at the division’s research on neutron star mergers, gamma-ray tracking applications, the inner workings of the early universe’s quark soup, and the use of 3-D scene data to survey radiation in the environment. More>

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