Today at Berkeley Lab

Report Highlights 40 Years of Basic Energy Science at DOE

The Department of Energy has issued a report highlighting outstanding examples of major scientific accomplishments emerging from 40 years of DOE Basic Energy Sciences support of the national labs. Lab research and facilities were among the highlights included in the report, and various employees served as resources.

Learn About Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum Computers Today

Riccardo Manenti, of Rigetti Computing of Berkeley, will speak on Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum Computers in the Auditorium today from noon to 1 p.m. More>

Berkeley Quantum to Accelerate Innovation in Quantum Information Science

Berkeley Lab and the University of California, Berkeley are announcing the formation of Berkeley Quantum, a partnership designed to accelerate and expand innovation in quantum information science (QIS). Berkeley Quantum will advance U.S. quantum capabilities by establishing powerful research alliances among UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and their partners. They will bring their strengths in QIS research, theory, algorithms, and applications to help solve, together, some of the most difficult problems in quantum science. More>

Berkeley Lab to Push Quantum Information Science Frontiers With New Programs in Computing, Physics, Materials, and Chemistry

A series of DOE Office of Science awards announced today significantly expand Berkeley Lab’s efforts in quantum information science – … More»

Foundry’s Sinéad Griffin Wins First Place in Inaugural Lab-Wide Research Slam

Sinéad Griffin (center), an early-career staff scientist who specializes in condensed matter physics at the Molecular Foundry and the Materials Sciences Division, won first place and a cash price of $3,000 at the first annual Lab-Wide Research Slam last Thursday. Shyam Dwaraknath (left, Energy Technologies Area) won the second-place prize of $1,500, and Michele Rosso of the Computing Sciences Area won the People’s Choice Award of $750. More>

Swimming Lessons: Team Follows Fish to Build Energy-Efficiency Algorithms

A research team including Lab computing postdoc Amneet Pal Singh Bhalla (now at San Diego State) developed a new approach to simulate how fluid swirls around a fish or any other solid object. With this new approach, Bhalla and his colleagues have resolved some long-standing challenges in understanding how fluids interact with solid structures. More>

Geometry, Physics, and Machine Learning Take on Climate Research Data Challenges

Two Ph.D. students who were Lab interns back in 2016 so impressed their Lab mentors, they are now spending six months a year at the Lab through 2020. The duo is developing more effective ways to detect and characterize extreme weather events in the global climate system and developing more efficient methods for analyzing the ever-increasing amount of simulated and observational data. More>

Berkeley Lab, BIDS Take on Big Data

This month, several Berkeley Lab-BIDS Fellows are organizing two of events to share their data-science expertise. Some are helping to organize a Machine Learning for Science (ML4Sci) Workshop, where they will train scientists to use machine learning applications on supercomputers. At the end of September, another group is hosting the California Water Data Hackathon to help address the state’s lack of access to clean water. More>

Michael Wehner to Discuss Extreme Weather at the Alameda Public Library

Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events — like drought, wildfire, crop failure, and species extinction — are among the most serious consequence of global warming. Understanding what the future portends is vital if society hopes to adapt to a very different world. Berkeley Lab’s Michael Wehner will discuss these topics at the Alameda Public Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. More>

Berkeley Scientists Lead New Assessment of Bay Area Climate Impacts

California has issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change, such as changes to sea levels, and wildfires, which are currently raging throughout the state. The assessment includes nine regional reports, including the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the 24 authors of this report are four researchers from the Lab: Andrew Jones, Mary Ann Piette, Alan Rhoades, and Michael Wehner. More>