Today at Berkeley Lab

Feb. 27 Women’s Panel on Transitioning from Academia to the Biotech Industry

The Women Entrepreneurs of Berkeley will host a panel discussion about transitioning from academia to the biotech industry on Feb. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Panelists include the Lab’s Jill Fuss of CinderBio, Rachel Haurwitz of Caribou Biosciences, and Sarah McWhirter of the STING Program at Aduro. Registration required. More>

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CalSEED Offers Opportunities to Commercialize Clean Energy Technologies

Do you have an innovative clean energy idea to commercialize? In partnership with Berkeley Lab, the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program supports innovators working to bring clean energy ideas to market. CalSEED provides grants and access to incubator resources. Applications are accepted between Feb. 15 and 28.

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DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar Visits Lab

Paul Dabbar’s visit on Jan. 18 focused on the Lab’s user facilities and industry engagement programs. He toured the Integrative Genomics Building construction site, JBEI, NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and the Advanced Light Source, and heard presentations on the proposed science to be conducted at the Lab’s Biocampus site, and high-performance computing. Go here to view a slideshow of his visit.

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Lab Scientists Contribute to State Report on Natural Gas Infrastructure

Jens Birkholzer, Curt Oldenburg, and Jeff Greenblatt were the Lab’s lead authors on a report by the California Council on Science & Technology assessing the long-term viability of underground natural gas storage in California. The report responds to Gov. Brown’s 2016 emergency proclamation following the Aliso Canyon gas leak. Go here to watch a noon public briefing on the report. More>

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Alameda County Seeks Nominations for Women’s Hall of Fame

The Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame annually recognizes outstanding women for their achievements and contributions to the county and its residents. Nominations are open for the 2018 cohort. Go here to nominate someone from Berkeley Lab who you believe is making a difference. Computing Sciences ALD Kathy Yelick was a 2017 awardee. Nominations are due Jan. 22. More>

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State Council Seeks Researchers for Science/Technology Policy Fellowships

The California Council on Science and Technology is accepting applications for 2019 Science & Technology Policy Fellows. As fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. The program trains scientific thinkers to be policy-savvy while helping equip lawmakers with science experts. Applications are due Feb. 28. More>

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Lab Hosts Strategic Growth Council Discussion of Draft Research Plan

On Monday, Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell hosted leaders of California’s Strategic Growth Council and Bay Area universities and national labs to discuss the Council’s draft plan governing $11 million in climate- and energy-related research funding. The new program represents the first time that California’s greenhouse gas reduction fund revenues will be used to support research. More>

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Bay Area District Staffers From Congressional and State Legislative Offices Visit the Lab

Bay Area district staff from congressional and California state legislative offices visited Berkeley Lab yesterday for briefings and tours. The visit provided the staffers with a deeper understanding about the Lab’s priorities, initiatives, and projects, and showed how the Lab’s scientists and engineers are working every day to develop innovative solutions to the nation’s biggest energy and environmental challenges.

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Lab Donates to CSU East Bay Institute to Support K-12 STEM Outreach

The Lab has donated $15,000 to the California State University East Bay Institute for STEM Education’s Centers for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaborative Learning (CIRCLe) Labs program. Sponsored by the Lab’s Government and Community Relations office, this marks the second annual “signature” contribution to an organization that shares the Lab’s values. More>

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Rotary Club of Berkeley Visits Berkeley Lab

Members of the Rotary Club of Berkeley recently visited to learn more about the Lab and its world-leading scientific research. Rotary is an international community service organization with chapters across the globe. The Berkeley chapter, chartered in 1916, is one of the oldest in the world.

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