Today at Berkeley Lab

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>

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.

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>

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.

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>

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>

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>

CSU East Bay and Berkeley Lab Collaborate on New Graduate Intern Program

The first cohort of a new Berkeley Lab internship program for Cal State University East Bay graduate students has just finished a summer at the Lab. The interns will continue to work on their projects alongside their scientific mentors throughout the school year. More>

Lab Researchers Featured in New Yorker Article on What Termites Can Teach Us

A New Yorker article on “What Termites Can Teach Us” features the work of Héctor García Martín of the Biosciences Area, JBEI’s Jay Keasling, and Jill Banfield of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area to crack the mysteries of termite digestion to turn biomass into fuels. More>

Lab’s Inez Fung, Bill Collins Featured in KQED Article on Global Climate Action Summit

This week corporate and civic leaders from around the world have gathered in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, spearheaded by Gov. Jerry Brown to address global warming issues. While the outlook appears grim by many standards, recently refined climate models suggest that aggressively cutting emissions could improve future life on Earth in significant ways — or at least blunt the impact of continued warming. More>