Today at Berkeley Lab

Jan. 15 Submission Deadline for ETA Early Career Poster Competition

Early career researchers in building science, energy-efficiency, and the electricity grid are invited to enter a prestigious poster competition. Five winners will be invited to give a five-minute talk at Rosenfeld Symposium 2019: Energy-Efficient and Grid-Interactive Buildings, to be held in Berkeley on April 23. The winners and top 30 participants in the poster contest will be invited to attend the conference free of charge. More>

Lab Research on Removal of Arsenic From Drinking Water in India Highlighted

“The Better India” news outlet reported on a new innovation developed by a team that includes Lab researchers Ashok Gadgil and Arkadeep Kumar (ETA) that makes arsenic-safe drinking water affordable and available for low-income communities in India and elsewhere. The system — called Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation — is an efficient and cost-effective system for removing arsenic contamination. More>

The Battery Industry Is Blowing Up and It’s Changing Everything

The Lab’s Vince Battaglia is among the researchers interviewed in a CNBC piece on the history and future of batteries. Battery technology has been ever-evolving since the late 18th century as energy-storage needs have continued to grow. But in order to realize a fully electric future, new battery technology on a scale never before seen is required. Watch>

Lab’s Bayen Discusses Solving ‘Phantom’ Traffic Jams for ABC 7 News

Berkeley Lab traffic researcher Alex Bayen is using sophisticated computer modeling to predict what self-driving cars can do to improve traffic. His computer models show how self-driving cars figure out on their own how to improve efficiency when cars are merging on to a road or moving through an uncontrolled intersection. More>

Four Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Four Berkeley Lab scientists – Allen Goldstein (Energy Technologies Area), Sung-Hou Kim (Biosciences Area), Susannah Tringe (Biosciences Area), and Kathy Yelick (Computing Sciences) – have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. They are among 416 scientists awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year. More>

Lab Wins 2018 R&D 100 Award, and Special Recognition Award for Cyclotron Road Startup

eProject Builder, an online data management tool for water/energy retrofits, has won an R&100 Award, and Cyclotron Road startup Opus 12, which developed a device that recycles carbon dioxide into renewable fuels, is a co-recipient of an R&D 100 Special Recognition Award. These technologies are both from the Energy Technologies Area. More>

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>

Giving Early Career Women in Engineering the Tools to Succeed in Academia

Some of the brightest minds in mechanical engineering recently convened on MIT’s campus for a workshop to help prepare women for careers in academia. Joining them was Berkeley Lab postdoc Akanksha Menon (ETA). She found it useful to hear personal stories from young faculty. “Just to know that they were in our same shoes and felt the same insecurities or faced the same challenges – that’s been really great,” said Menon. More>

Machine Learning to Help Optimize Traffic and Reduce Pollution

Applying artificial intelligence to self-driving cars to smooth traffic, reduce fuel consumption, and improve air quality predictions may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers from the Lab’s Energy Technologies Area have launched two research projects to do just that. More>

ETA’s ITRI-Rosenfeld Fellows Dive In to Water-Energy Research

The Energy Technologies Area’s ITRI-Rosenfeld 2017 and 2018 fellows are investigating a range of techniques to improve the energy efficiency of water treatment, remediation, and water consumption. Go here to learn more about their research. The ITRI-Rosenfeld Fellowship honors the legacy of Art Rosenfeld for his pioneering work toward the advancement of energy efficiency on a global scale.