On Sept. 25, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee convened a hearing to examine the Department of Energy’s efforts in quantum information science (QIS). The Lab’s Irfan Siddiqi, Director of Berkeley Quantum, joined DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar and others as expert witnesses at the hearing. Siddiqi outlined the tremendous potential of QIS, and discussed how DOE and its national labs are a critical part of the quantum ecosystem with partners in industry and academia. More>
Earlier this month, Deputy Lab Director for Operations Michael Brandt and more than 30 employees volunteered at the Lab’s booth at the Solano Stroll, a mile-long street fair in Berkeley and Albany. Hundreds of people stopped by to learn about the Lab’s world-class research and engage with demos from NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and JBEI. Go here to see a list of volunteers. View additional photos here.
On Sept. 12, the Lab hosted a tour for government representatives, policymakers, and nonprofit organizations attending this week’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The tour featured presentations on leveraging the Lab’s latest research tools to design effective community resilience and mitigation strategies. More>
Volunteers are needed on Sunday, Sept. 9, to help staff Berkeley Lab’s booth at the Solano Stroll. As the largest street festival in the East Bay, the event is a great way to engage with the community and highlight the Lab’s world-leading science. With more than 500 vendors featuring community organizations, crafters, music, and food, it promises to be a fun day. Go here to sign up for a two-hour time slot.
Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences Kathy Yelick is scheduled to testify in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 12, before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The committee is conducting a hearing on “Big Data Challenges and Advanced Computing Solutions.” Go here to read the testimony. The hearing will be livestreamed at 7 a.m. PST. More>
For the second year in a row, Lab scientists spoke to about 200 participants from the Rising Sun Energy Center’s California Youth Energy Services program about their STEM career paths. Organized by the Lab’s Government and Community Relations office and Workforce Development & Education office, the event featured Robin Lopez (EESA), Jose Sierra (NERSC), and Sarah Richardson (Cyclotron Road Cohort 3).
Several Berkeley Lab employees (and a few of their spouses) recently spent a Saturday volunteering with Rebuilding Together East Bay-North to make improvements to the South Berkeley Senior Center. Their efforts were part of a larger renovation of the center, which provides companionship, culture, and community for older adults in Berkeley. Go here to see a list of volunteers.
To raise awareness about collaborating with national labs, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and the University of Alaska Fairbanks hosted Alaska National Lab Day. Lab Director Mike Witherell helped explain “What is a National Lab?” ETA researcher Peter Larsen spoke on energy solutions, and Elsie Quaite-Randall (Intellectual Property Office) discussed entrepreneurship.
Tatyana Kalinga (left), district director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recently visited Berkeley Lab for the first time. She received an overview of the Lab from Director Witherell, was briefed on the Lab’s international clean energy collaborations, and toured NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and the Advanced Light Source. Kalinga previously worked for the congresswoman for 11 years in her Washington, D.C. office.
Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon and the Government and Community Relations Office recently hosted leadership from the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative to discuss common goals in the effort to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges around energy and the environment. The group learned about the Lab’s history and mission, and toured the Advanced Light Source.