Today at Berkeley Lab

Winning Apps From Berkeley Cleanweb Hackathon Announced

Last weekend, a group of UC Berkeley students, Berkeley Lab employees, and local program developers converged at CITRIS on the UC Berkeley campus for the Berkeley Cleanweb Hackathon, co-sponsored by the Lab’s Carbon Cycle 2.0 Initiative, CITRIS, and BERC. Three teams took home the top prizes. Thermostatly, which includes Berkeley Lab’s Patrick Huck (far right), won Best Overall App and Best Smart Homes App. It can remotely control a thermostat using hashtag keywords on Twitter. WattTime won Best use of Green Button Data. Friends on the Go won Best Transport App. More>

Ice Sculpture to Accompany Today’s Screening of ‘Chasing Ice’ Documentary

As part of the Lab’s Earth Week festivities, Carbon Cycle 2.0 is hosting a free screening of the documentary Chasing Ice today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Building 50 auditorium. In the auditorium lobby, an art installation by local artist Carter Brooks called ‘Ice‘ will be on display.

Earth Week: Noon Talk Today; Screening of ‘Chasing Ice’ on Thursday

As part of the Lab’s week-long commemoration of Earth Day 2013, CC2.0 is hosting a free screening of the documentary Chasing Ice on Thursday April 25, from 4 to 5:30pm in the Building 50 Auditorium. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to gather powerful visual evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear. Also, Lab earth scientist Bill Collins will give a talk today at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. View the complete Earth Week schedule here.

Earth Week Kicks Off With Talk on ‘Earth That Was, and Soon Will Be’

On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium, Carbon Cycle 2.0 hosts a presentation by climate scientist Bill Collins (right) entitled “A Tale of Two Planets: The Earth That Was, and Soon Will Be.” The talk will explore the latest evidence from across the scientific community documenting the warming and thawing taking place around the globe. Collins will also discuss how climate models developed at Berkeley Lab can help to inform options to mitigate climate change, and the development of technologies for a more sustainable energy future. Collins is head of the Climate Sciences Department in the Earth Sciences Division. Go here to view the full list of Lab Earth Week activities.

Mesoscale Science Workshop on April 23

The next workshop on Berkeley mesoscale science research will be held in the Building 50 Auditorium on Tuesday, April 23, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. This workshop will include updates from established project working groups, and an opportunity for researchers to learn more and engage with others in emerging mesoscale proposal topics. Registration is open for both participants and projects. More background on Basic Energy Science’s mesoscale report can be found here.

Berkeley Cleanweb Hackathon Seeks Clean Energy Solutions

Calling all developers, coders, hackers, designers, entrepreneurs, and energy gurus. On April 26-28 at Sutardja Dai Hall, The Berkeley Cleanweb Hackathon will harness the entrepreneurship, programming, and problem-solving skill sets of Berkeley Lab scientists, UC Berkeley students, and Bay Area developers and entrepreneurs to create new ideas to solve energy and resource issues facing our society. The themes for this hackathon are: net-zero energy buildings, smart homes, smart meters, and 21st century transit. Sponsors include Carbon Cycle 2.0, CITRIS, and BERC. Prize money for top hacks to be announced. Contact John Romankiewicz or Melissa Summers for more information. Register here.

Lab Director to Speak on Carbon Cycle 2.0 at Lawrence Hall of Science

Paul Alivisatos will present a lecture on “Building a Sustainable Energy Future” at the Lawrence Hall of Science on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. He will discuss the Lab’s Carbon Cycle 2.0 program, which focuses on building a sustainable energy future and affecting the role of climate change. Send e-mail here to register for this free event. The deadline is March 18.

Carbon Cycle 2.0 Talk Tomorrow on First-Principles Investigations for Improved Materials Design

Kristin Persson of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division will speak at the next Carbon Cycle 2.0 LDRD seminar tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Building 15-253. Persson will discuss “Accelerated Materials Design through First-Principles Calculations and Data-Mining”. Persson is a research chemist in EETD and her research focus is devoted to first-principles investigations of electrode materials, especially pertaining to ionic diffusion and/or surface phenomena. More>

Carbon Cycle 2.0 Seminar on Carboxysomes and Carbon Fixation

Laura Armstrong of the Materials Sciences Division will speak at the next Carbon Cycle 2.0 LDRD seminar tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Building 15-253. Armstrong will discuss “Assembly and Function of Organelles for Carbon Fixation,” and her work in modeling the self-assembly of protein subunits into the shells of carboxysomes, which could lead to enhanced understanding of carbon fixation by these bacterial organelles. She is currently interested in using a variety of computational tools to understand the assembly mechanisms of carboxysomes. More>

Workshop on Mesoscale Science on Jan. 31

On Thursday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. in Building 50 Auditorium, a workshop will be held on mesoscale science, an emerging focus of Basic Energy Science. The workshop is intended to aid in the development of proposals for the current LDRD call and to lay the groundwork for a strong Berkeley response to an anticipated DOE Basic Energy Sciences mesoscale funding opportunity. Workshop registration is open to Berkeley researchers interested in learning more about the opportunities in mesoscale science. The registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 28. Contact Melissa Summers for further information.