Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Danish Minister for Science and Higher Education Visits JBEI

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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Senator Coons, House Appropriations Staffer Visit Lab

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.

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Deputy Secretary of Energy Poneman Visits the Lab

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.

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New UC President Janet Napolitano Visits Lab

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.

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