Today at Berkeley Lab

Mexico City Mayor-Elect Claudia Sheinbaum Visits Lab

Mexico City Mayor-elect Claudia Sheinbaum visited the Lab on Nov. 9 as part of a Bay Area visit to learn about electric transportation and waste recycling. Sheinbaum conducted research at the Lab from 1991 to 1994, analyzing energy consumption in Mexico and other industrialized countries. She attended presentations by the Energy Technologies and Earth and Environmental Sciences Areas, as well as the Lab’s Mexico Energy Initiative. More>

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Improving Climate Models to Account for Plant Behavior Yields ‘Goodish’ News

Climate scientists have not been properly accounting for what plants do at night, and that, it turns out, is a mistake. A new study led by the Lab’s William Riley of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area has found that plant nutrient uptake in the absence of photosynthesis affects greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. More>

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Oct. 26 EESA Talk on Variations and Healing of Seismic Velocity

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar featuring Roel Snieder of the Colorado School of Mines, who will discuss “Variations and Healing of Seismic Velocity.” The talk takes place on Friday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Oct. 26 EESA Talk on Effective Negotiation Skills

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a talk featuring Roel Snieder of the Colorado School of Mines, who will discuss “Effective Negotiation Skills.” The talk takes place Friday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Creating Sustainable Water Systems: Lessons From the Energy Industry

In California, a whopping 19 percent of the total electrical demand is used in some way to move or treat water. Peter Fiske, director of the Lab’s Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute, wrote a piece published in R&D Magazine on opportunities for science and technology in creating sustainable water systems, including a look at water-energy research at the Lab.

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How Drought and Other Extremes Impact Water Pollution

One in 10 Americans depend on the Colorado River for bathing and drinking. Last fall’s record-high temperatures reduced Colorado snowpack in winter 2018 to 66 percent of normal, sparking concern over water shortages downstream and leaving water managers fearful of a repeat. Berkeley Lab hydrological science expert Bhavna Arora explains how unseasonably warm weather and drought can affect water quality. More>

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EESA Hosts TOUGH Symposium at the Lab This Week

A symposium on the applications and enhancements of the popular TOUGH flow-simulation computer programs is underway through Wednesday in the Building 66 Auditorium. Hosted by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, the ninth triennial TOUGH symposium brings together users of the TOUGH codes for the simulation of multiphase fluid and heat flows in porous and fractured media.

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EESA Researcher Robin Lόpez Donates Marrow to Help Save a Life

“After losing my best friend to suicide, I promised myself that if I ever had the chance to save someone’s life, I would,” says Robin Lόpez, a research associate in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. The patient who benefited from Lόpez’s contribution is a 60-year-old man battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Lόpez is also very active in efforts to encourage youth to pursue careers in science. More>

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In Memoriam: Geothermal Energy Pioneer Marcelo Lippmann

Marcelo Lippmann, a longtime fixture in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, passed away at his home in Berkeley on Sept. 10 after a long bout with cancer. Lippman was key to establishing Berkeley Lab as a world leader in geothermal research. A celebration of his life will be held at Live Oak Park (Picnic Area #1) at 1301 Shattuck Ave., in Berkeley, on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. More>

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EESA Workshop Explores Challenges to Watershed Research

The Earth and Environmental Sciences’ Watershed Function project led the first “Watershed Science Collaboration Workshop” last week in Crested Butte, CO. Over 100 leading scientists from around the globe gathered to identify and discuss cross-cutting watershed frontier research challenges. More>

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