Today at Berkeley Lab

Local Elementary School Teachers Visit Berkeley Lab

Over 30 first and fourth grade teachers came as part of Workforce Development & Education’s BLEV program. They toured the Advanced Light Source and spoke with researchers on connecting science in the classroom to applications at the Lab, with specific interest in teaching the topics of waves and energy. More>

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OSTP Assistant Director for Nanotechnology Visits Berkeley Lab

Lloyd Whitman, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, helps maintain support for the National Nanotechnology Initiative and the Materials Genome Initiative. During his visit, Whitman learned about the Materials Project and toured the ALS and the Molecular Foundry.

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Key Congressional Staff Visit Lab

Congressional staff members Meyer Seligman of Senate Appropriations and Emily Domenech of the House Science Committee met with Director Paul Alivisatos and toured BELLA, the ALS, the Molecular Foundry, JCAP, JBEI and FLEXLab. Physics and Nuclear Sciences researchers briefed the two on key experiments and projects.

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Norwegian Delegation Visits the Lab

The Lab along with the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute hosted members of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Ministry of Education and Research last week. The guests toured the Molecular Foundry and the Advanced Light Source, followed by a meeting with Director Alivisatos.

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DOE Deputy Secretary Visits Lab, Hosts Town Hall on March 24

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall will discuss the Lab’s role in national security and research, and Secretary Moniz’s priorities for DOE. Her talk will include a Q&A with employees. The event takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium and will be live streamed. More>

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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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