Today at Berkeley Lab

U.S. Representative David Valadao Visits the Lab

The Republican from California’s Central Valley toured the Advance Light Source and the Molecular Foundry along with Director Alivisatos, ALS Director Roger Falcone and Foundry Director Jeff Neaton. Valadao is a new member of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the Department of Energy.

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Local High School Students Tour NERSC

Last week, students from Doherty Valley High School in San Ramon and the Computer Academy at Oakland Technical High School descended on the Oakland Scientific Facility to learn more about supercomputing and networking. More>

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Visits the Lab

Last week, he toured the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, met with Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and JBEI’s Jay Keasling, along with several researchers and students during his tour. Vilsack discussed the need for innovative research partnerships to make America more energy independent.

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Mexican Delegation Visits Lab; Signs MOU With UC’s Napolitano

The group — hosted by Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon — included the Mexican Secretariat of Energy Leonardo Beltran, who signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the development of renewable energy between UC and Mexico. The visit took place last Thursday. More>

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Energy Secretary Moniz Helps Inaugurate New General Purpose Lab

Among the building’s new tenants will be the Berkeley Lab site of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, or JCESR, a multi-lab program led by Argonne National Laboratory aimed at achieving revolutionary advances in battery performance. Go here to watch a video of the dedication. More>

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Preschooler Science Enthusiast Piques Minds and Wins Hearts

His father wrote Lab protocol officer Nicole Pagano to see if his son, who loves chemistry and has memorized the periodic table, could get a tour. She arranged for him to visit the Advanced Light Source along with its Director Roger Falcone (left), the Building 50 historical exhibit with Deputy Director Horst Simon, and the Molecular Foundry. More>

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Bangladesh Agriculture Minister Visits JGI

Last week, Matia Chowdhury, Honorable Minister of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, visited the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, to explore possible collaborations in the area of plant genomics. More>

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier Visits the Lab

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who represents southern San Francisco and northern Peninsula communities, recently spent an afternoon at Berkeley Lab. In addition to an overview of the Lab provided by Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, Speier toured the FLEXLAB and the Advanced Light Source. The Congresswoman was elected to the Congress in 2008. Previously she served the residents of the San Francisco Peninsula while on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and later in the California State Assembly and State Senate. In total she has over 29 years of representative public service.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein Visits Lab

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein visited Berkeley Lab on Tuesday, April 15. As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Feinstein plays an important role in setting funding levels for the Department of Energy. Lab Director Paul Alivisatos hosted the Senator on a tour of the Advanced Light Source where she met with scientists and users from industry and academia, and on a tour of the Molecular Foundry.

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State Assembly Member Rob Bonta Visits Berkeley Lab

California State Assembly member Rob Bonta visited Berkeley Lab last week for a tour of the Advanced Light Source and a series of briefings by Lab scientists. Bonta represents the 18th Assembly district, which includes the cities of Oakland and Alameda. At the ALS, he learned about the latest research conducted there on protein crystallography, materials related to energy storage and semiconductors. He was also briefed on the need for regional climate readiness, FLEXLAB and air quality in California public schools. He was also shown modeling of the impact of state policies on greenhouse gas emissions in California.

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