Today at Berkeley Lab

JBEI Debuts New Overview Video

After eight years of groundbreaking research, the Joint BioEnergy Institute has rewritten the formula for engineering renewable transportation fuels while setting the stage for the development of clean, sustainable substitutes for petroleum based products.

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JGI’s Carbon Cycling Studies on Restored Marshes

In a new video, DOE Joint Genome Institute Metagenome Program Head, Susannah Tringe, and postdoc, Susie Theroux, discuss the lessons to be learned from studying the microbial diversity of marshes that have been converted to other uses, and are now being restored, as well as the potential impacts on the global carbon cycle. More>

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Banfield Profile, Video Highlight Research Collaborations

A JGI user profile of Berkeley Lab Earth Sciences Division staff scientist and UC Berkeley professor Jill Banfield includes a video in which she shares her perspective on how the DOE JGI helps advance her research related to the roles of microbial communities in biogeochemical cycling. More>

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TED Talk by JBEI’s Pam Ronald

Pam Ronald, JBEI’s Director of Grass Genetics, gave a talk at TED2015 Truth and Dare Conference this past March. Ronald’s laboratory has engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa. Go here to watch her presentation.

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‘Big Questions’ Answered at April 29 Science at the Theater

Those who missed the April 29 event in downtown Oakland can catch the presentation of “Five Big Questions,” featuring Judy Campisi on cancer and aging, Kai Vetter on radiation and public safety, Javier Ceja-Navarro on beetles, biofuels, and combustion, Ann Almgren on simulating supernovae, and Shashi Buluswar on his Urban Food Initiative. Go here to watch the video.

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Revealing the Role of Microbes in Controlling Contaminants

In Rifle, Colorado, earth scientist Kenneth Hurst Williams highlights the role subsurface microbial communities can play in controlling the flow of contaminants in groundwater. The Joint Genome Institute is a key collaborator in the research. More>

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Science at the Theater Audience Votes on Most-Urgent Science Questions

If you missed the March 23 Science at the Theater, then here’s a chance to catch the presentation. Scientists discussed the big questions that spurred their research, then audience members voted on which question science should answer first. Go here to find out how the polling turned out.

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Director’s State of the Lab Address Now Available Online

At the gathering last week, Paul Alivisatos announced he was stepping down and discussed the development of a new proposal to upgrade the Advanced Light Source, the establishment by UC of the Berkeley Lab Foundation, and the formation of a new Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, among other topics. Go here to view the presentation.

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Opsin Protein Could Aid Studies of Brain, Central Nervous System

Ehud Isacoff led a team that discovered a light-sensitive opsin protein that plays a surprising and possibly critical role in neuron maturation and circuit formation. This discovery could lead to a potentially powerful new tool in the on-going search for a better understanding of how the brain and central nervous system develop. More>

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Lab Nuclear Scientist Explains How Physicists Replicate the Big Bang

In a short video, Peter Jacobs discusses the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. ALICE creates an unusual type of matter called quark-gluon plasma, similar to the matter that dominated the universe just microseconds after the Big Bang. Read more about Jacobs and the upcoming LHC restart here.

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