Berkeley’s new mayor, Jesse Arreguin (center right), recently spent the morning of Jan. 20 at Berkeley Lab. Joined by his senior advisor Jacquelyn McCormick, they met with Director Mike Witherell, learned about the Lab’s instrumental energy efficiency work, and toured FLEXLAB and the Advanced Light Source.
Senior advisors to California Governor Jerry Brown recently spent the day at Berkeley Lab. They learned about many of the Lab’s cutting edge research initiatives to solve the nation’s grand challenges. Advisors from the CA Department of Finance and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s office also participated in the visit.
Bloom — chair of the Assembly Budget Committee on Resources and Transportation — has pushed for increasing renewable energy development and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. During his visit, Bloom learned about the latest developments in bioenergy research and bioproducts production.
The many potential benefits of pioneering science to agriculture was on display on Nov. 7 when Karen Ross (right), the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, visited Berkeley Lab and met with members of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area and the Biosciences Area. She also toured the Advanced Light Source. More>
The South Korean Vice Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Choi Jaeyou, visited the Lab on Nov. 2 to explore potential collaboration opportunities. Choi met with Kathy Yelick, Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, and Robin Johnston, Deputy Chief Technology Transfer Officer with the Innovations & Partnerships Office. He also toured Wang Hall.
JBEI welcomed Queensland Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham on Sept. 29. The visit was a follow up on the discussions initiated with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in June. Minister Lynham’s portfolio includes responsibility for the Biofutures Strategy, which Premier Palaszczuk launched in June in San Francisco. More>
During his Aug. 26 visit, Yang Xiong visited with Mike Witherell in Shyh Wang Hall to discuss the national laboratory system, and then took a tour of NERSC, followed by a tour of the Molecular Foundry where he received briefings from various scientists.
Tata heard presentations on the Lab’s energy research, Cyclotron Road, and the Molecular Foundry, and also toured FLEXLAB, during his July 25 visit. He is the president of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science and chairman of the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, two of the largest private-sector-promoted philanthropic trusts in India.
The delegation — which included the university’s Vice Chancellor for Research William Lee, School of Medicine Director Samuel Ponce de León, and Director of International Relations Francisco Trigo — heard presentations on ETA’s Mexico Energy group and electrical grid technology, as well as an overview of the Lab’s astrophysics research (pictured).
The fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The group toured FLEXLAB (pictured), and heard presentations on the Cookstove Project and Cyclotron Road, among other activities.