Today at Berkeley Lab

New DOE Funding to Improve Accuracy of Climate & Earth Modeling Systems

The Department of Energy has announced a plan to provide $16 million for new observational research aimed at improving the accuracy of today’s climate and earth system models. The funds will be made available under two separate initiatives, with $11 million targeted at atmospheric research focused on better understanding the role of clouds and aerosols, and $5 million devoted to the study of terrestrial processes. More>

Annual Stickers to be Added to Parking Hangtag Permits

Annual stickers will be required on Lab parking hangtag permits starting in January. This will ensure everyone who parks here actually works here. New stickers will be issued each year in December, similar to annual stickers from the DMV. Staff can get stickers from division contacts starting today (Dec. 11). Starting Jan. 14, those without stickers will receive a warning from Lab security patrols. Go here for more on parking.

Winners Emerge From DOE CyberForce Competition

More than 70 university teams representing seven DOE national labs competed this past weekend to defend their “network” from hackers played by security professionals and government representatives. The University of Central Florida won the national competition, while UC Davis bested three other teams representing Berkeley Lab. More>

College Teams to Converge at Berkeley Lab for DOE CyberForce Competition

Four college teams – UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Cal State University San Bernardino, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – will square off at Berkeley Lab this Saturday (Dec. 1) as part of DOE’s fourth collegiate CyberForce Competition. The event aims to address the cybersecurity capability gap and increase awareness around energy critical infrastructure. More>

DOE Undersecretary Dabbar Pens Op-Ed on Supercomputing

“When people hear “the Department of Energy,” they think, well, energy. But we do supercomputing, too. In fact, we are, and have been for almost every year since the 1950’s, the world’s leader in supercomputing,” writes DOE Undersecretary for Science Paul Dabbar in the Dallas Morning News. He also references the development of a new supercomputer at Berkeley Lab, to be named “Perlmutter.” More>

Video Highlights Energy Secretary’s Tour of All National Labs

In a recent Facebook post, Energy Secretary Rick Perry lauds the DOE’s national labs and “the incredible work being undertaken by our nation’s brightest minds.” The post includes a video that features his visit to all 17 national labs, including Berkeley Lab

Chabot Space & Science Center Hosts Nov. 10 Talk With Livermore Lab Researchers

Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will discuss “Biomolecular Action Movies: Flash Imaging With X-Ray Lasers,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. While the presentation is open to all, it is geared toward high school students. They will get free admission and a T-shirt for attending. Among the speakers is former Lab researcher Megan Shelby. More>

Apply for the Spring 2019 Energy I-Corps

Letters of intent to apply for the Spring 2019 cohort of Energy I-Corps – DOE’s intensive entrepreneurial training program – are due Nov. 9, 5 p.m. EST. If you’re interested in applying, contact Russell Carrington in the Intellectual Property Office (x6439) by Nov. 6. Teams selected to submit full proposals will be notified in late November. More>

EcoPods Team Participating in DOE Entrepreneurial Program

Biosciences Area researchers Esther Singer, Cinta Gomez Silvan, and Vega Shah are part of a Lab team developing pilot-scale ecosystems called EcoPods that participated in the opening session of DOE’s Energy I-Corps program earlier this month in Golden, Colorado. More>

DOE to Build Next-Gen Supercomputer ‘Perlmutter’ at Berkeley Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab has signed a $146 million contract with Cray for the facility’s next-generation supercomputer. The pre-exascale machine, named “Perlmutter” in honor of Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, is slated to be delivered in 2020. More>