Recently, several young researchers working at the International Institute for Tropical Africa (IITA) just outside Nairobi, Kenya, made a trip to the Joint Genome Institute and UC Berkeley to learn more about genomics. Their goal? To help breed more effective cassava crops to feed hungry mouths in their native Africa. Disease is one of the critical constraints to higher yields of the tuber. Learning the genomics of the plant may make it more resistant. More>
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Recently, U.S. Representative Barbara Lee and her key DC and Oakland staff toured Berkeley Lab along with Director Alivisatos and Don Medley, head of Federal Government Relations. The Congresswoman was briefed on LIGTT and batteries research, and was given a tour of the Advanced Light Source by ALS Director Roger Falcone. Congresswoman Lee is a strong supporter of the Lab, especially research into renewable sources of sustainable energy.
Last week, Berkeley Lab hosted California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister (second from left). McAllister, a former energy analyst at Berkeley Lab, toured several of the Lab’s user facilities and received briefings on the latest research in energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, grid integration and super computing. The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy, public interest scientific research and planning agency.
On Friday, Sept.7, at 11:30 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, Bruce Held, will give a talk on “Espionage for Rocket Scientists: Why Counterintelligence Matters at Unclassified Science Laboratories.” Held is the Director of the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the Department of Energy. The Office is responsible for all intelligence and counterintelligence activities throughout the DOE complex, protecting vital national security information and technologies and providing scientific and technical expertise to the U.S. Government related to foreign intelligence, terrorist, and cyber threats. Read more about Held 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.
Senior staff from the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee visited Berkeley Lab and campus on Tuesday and Wednesday to learn more about programs that fall under their committee’s legislative jurisdiction. Chris King, Democratic Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment (center), oversees the committee’s minority staff working on issues related to DOE’s civilian R&D portfolio. His colleague, Dahlia Sokolov, Democratic Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Research and Education (right), focuses on NSF and STEM education issues across the executive branch. They toured the Foundry and ALS (with Paul Adams, left), and met with Computing ALD Kathy Yelick, Physical Biosciences Director Adam Arkin, astrophysicist Michael Levi and others.
John Murray, from the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, pictured at right with NCEM’s Peter Ercius at TEAM 1.0, visited the Lab and the Joint Bioenergy Institute late last month. In addition to a briefing and tour at JBEI, Murray visited the Advanced Light Source and NCEM and was briefed on the Lab’s major initiatives by Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon. Murray was recently promoted to Senior Field Representative in Feinstein’s San Francisco Office. Responsibility for liaising with Berkeley Lab is a part of his new portfolio.
Last Friday the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) met with UC President Mark Yudof at Berkeley Lab to discuss the vital leadership role UC plays in public education, its record of accomplishments and the need to safeguard its future during a time of fiscal challenge. Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and Chief Human Resources Officer Vera Potapenko gave updates on the Lab’s current initiatives and organizational developments. Two CUCSA members are elected annually from each of the 10 UC campuses, the Office of the President, and Berkeley Lab to enhance communication within the University community. This year, Elizabeth Bautista of Computing Sciences and Victor Chan of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer served as Senior and Junior Delegate, respectively.
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu visited the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)-North last Thursday. JCAP is a DOE Energy Innovation Hub for developing solar-based fuels operated as a partnership between Berkeley Lab and Caltech. On a tour of JCAP-North facilities, Secretary Chu was taken on a tour that included demonstrations of a fast prototyping 3-D printer and a photochemistry water-splitting experiment. He also heard a series of project presentations. Pictured, from left to right, are Secretary Chu, Nate Lewis, Horst Simon, James Krupnick, Peidong Yang and Joachim Lewerenz.
To help the Lab be a better neighbor, the Community Advisory Group (CAG) was created two years ago, providing a forum for members to offer advice and feedback on community concerns about the Lab’s physical and programmatic development. To help this group better understand what the Lab does and how it does it, members were invited for a tour last week. They received a historical overview in the Building 50 lobby, and tours of the Molecular Foundry, Advanced Light Source, Darfur Stove lab, and the Lab’s various construction projects. The visit was facilitated by the State Government and Community Relations Office in Public Affairs.