Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab’s Wehner Gives Climate Talk as Part of ‘Wonderfest’ Event

Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events are likely the most serious consequence of human-induced global warming. Understanding what the future portends is vital if society hopes to adapt to a very different world. The Lab’s Michael Wehner gave a talk on this topic at a recent Wonderfest event in Alameda. Watch a video of the presentation here. Wonderfest hosts science events around the Bay Area.

CRD’s Peisert to Discuss Data Sharing at National Academies’ COSEMPUP Meeting

Sean Peisert, a cybersecurity expert in the Lab’s Computational Research Division, will be part of two panels of distinguished speakers on the topic of data sharing at a meeting of the Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy, a joint unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, on Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C. More>

Expert Q&A: Safeguarding the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Sean Peisert, a cybersecurity expert and staff scientist in the Lab’s Computational Research Division, discusses new methods that have the potential to keep our energy infrastructure safe from a cyberattack. More>

Early Career Spotlight: CRD’s Mueller Thinks Outside the Box for Big Science

Juliane Mueller, a research scientist in the Computational Research Division, is developing an “optimization algorithm” toolset that pinpoints which variables of a “black box” simulation model will churn out the most realistic data in less time. Her work is supported by an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development Award announced last November. More>

Lab’s Ushizima to Speak on Machine Learning and Cancer Detection

Dani Ushizima — with the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) and the Computational Research Division’s Data Analytics and Visualization Group — has been invited to speak at the East Bay Biden Cancer Community Summit on Friday, Sept. 21. Ushizima will describe how she and other scientists are using machine learning to accelerate cancer detection.

Scientists See Fingerprints of Climate Change All Over California’s Wildfires

Climate researchers and fire experts agree global warming is having an impact on wildfires. Michael Wehner of the Computational Research Division did a computation for the heat in California and concluded that 2 to 3 degrees of temperature increase could be chalked up to climate change. “When you’re really hot,” he said, “a little bit hotter makes it a lot worse in terms of human health and aggravating fire danger.” More>

Lab-Developed Digital Library is a Game Changer for Environmental Research

ESS-DIVE is a new digital archive that serves as a repository for hundreds of DOE-funded research projects under the agency’s Environmental System Science umbrella, which includes the Subsurface Biogeochemical Research and Terrestrial Ecosystem Sciences programs. The digital library was built by a collaboration of scientists from the Computational Research Division, Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, and NERSC. More>

University of Puerto Rico Summer Students Apply Deep Learning to Structural Biology

Two computer/software engineering students from the University of Puerto Rico are spending their summer developing new deep learning methods in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Chemistry, Materials & Climate Group to address a grand challenge in structural biology: protein structure prediction. More>

3D Localization of Nanoscale Battery Reactions

What stands in the way of batteries that last a week or charge in five minutes? Part of the answer lies in the chemical and structural changes that happen deep inside a battery during use. At the Advanced Light Source, a new tool combines ptychography, tomography, and spectroscopy, enabling scientists to pinpoint the locations of chemical reactions inside batteries in three dimensions at the nanoscale. More>

De Jong Named Electronic Structure Editor-in-Chief

Bert de Jong of the Computational Research Division was recently named a founding editor-in-chief for Electronic Structure, a new Institute of Physics scholarly journal. Electronic Structure will span chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science in both theory and experiment, representing the multidisciplinary nature of the field. Electronic Structure articles will be free to read through 2019. More>