During a recent trip to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Danish Minister for Science and Higher Education Sofie Carsten Nielsen visited the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). Nielsen met with JBEI’s Vice President of Feedstocks Henrik Scheller (left) and Director of Commercialization, Robin Johnston (right). The visit was part of an effort by Denmark to strengthen collaborations between knowledge institutions and businesses. JBEI shared its experience as an organization that represents a departure from traditional research institutions. JBEI’s streamlined approach, coupled with a culture of innovation, has resulted in a rate of invention disclosure and licensing that is more than double that of the top five U.S. universities, per funding dollar.
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The Lab was a popular place last week, with both a senator and House Appropriations staff member visiting. Delaware Democratic Senator Chris Coons (left) stopped by to learn how national labs promote innovation and technology transfer, while Ben Hammond of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations subcommittee explored programs at NCEM, NERSC, JBEI, JCAP, and BELLA. Both visitors took tours of the Advanced Light Source and Molecular Foundry, as well as met with senior leaders and scientists.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman visited Berkeley Lab on Friday, Nov. 15, during a brief stay in the Bay Area. Glenn Mara of the University of California Office of the President and Aundra Richards of the DOE Berkeley Site Office joined Deputy Laboratory Director Horst Simon’s welcome. They updated Poneman on the lab’s future initiatives and current capital projects and heard briefings on cyber security, computing, and the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He also toured FLEXLAB and the ALS. As second-in-command at DOE, Poneman is responsible for assisting the Secretary of Energy in the management and operations of the agency and acting on his behalf when necessary. Poneman (right) is pictured with Ken Goldberg of the Materials Sciences Division.
Newly appointed UC President Janet Napolitano (pictured with Peter Ercius of NCEM) came to Berkeley Lab for a daylong visit on Tuesday (Oct. 15) that included discussions with senior leadership as well as presentations from a variety of Lab scientists highlighting various aspects of the Lab’s research. While here, she also toured the ALS, Molecular Foundry, and NCEM. The Berkeley Lab stop is part of a statewide tour Napolitano is conducting to familiarize herself with all UC institutions. In a note to the UC community about her tour to date, Napolitano stated, “it is clear to this freshly minted Californian that you have much to be proud about, and I myself am proud to be in your midst.” Napolitano took over as UC President on Sept. 30.
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>
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.