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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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>

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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>

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TechWomen Delegates From Around the World Visit the Lab

The Lab hosted six researchers from five countries participating in TechWomen, an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department that connects early- to mid-career STEM professionals from Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East with their counterparts in the United States. The Molecular Foundry, Computational Research Division, and Energy Technologies Area each hosted delegates.

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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.

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Ancient Pigment Can Boost Energy Efficiency

Egyptian blue, derived from calcium copper silicate, was routinely used on ancient depictions of gods and royalty. Previous studies have shown that when Egyptian blue absorbs visible light, it then emits light in the near-infrared range. Now a team led by Berkeley Lab researchers has confirmed the pigment’s fluorescence can be 10 times stronger than previously thought. More>

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Highlighting Lab Research on National Hydrogen Day

October 8 marks the fourth annual National Hydrogen Day, a nod to to the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008). Berkeley Lab researchers are working on ways to produce, store, and use hydrogen in cleaner and more efficient and affordable ways. Hydrogen fuel is considered a key component of an all-of-the-above national energy portfolio and is one of the fastest-growing clean energy technologies. More>

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Two Lab Science Slam Winners to Participate in ‘Uncharted Ideas’ Festival

The two-day festival (Oct. 5 and 6) explores the issues beyond today’s headlines via talks, performances, workshops, and an opening-night party with live music and food. Among those giving talks are recent Berkeley Lab Science Slam winners Michele Rosso (Friday at 12:10 p.m.), and Sinéad Griffin (Saturday at noon). More>

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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>

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Bay Area Battery Summit: Building Better Batteries

Battery researchers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers will gather for the 2018 Bay Area Battery Summit, “Building Better Batteries,” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. The event will be an in-depth look at lithium/cobalt technologies and their societal impact; how new, emerging cobalt-free technologies could help build better batteries; and recycling and reuse of critical materials. More>

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