Today at Berkeley Lab

Q&A With Lab Veterans Tina Declerck, Nick Everson, and Tom Hussey

In honor of Veterans Day, the Lab’s Tina Declerck of NERSC, Tom Hussey of the OCFO, and Nick Everson of JBEI and the Biosciences Area, answered some questions about their service, why they joined, and how their time in the military intersects with their current work, among other topics. Go here to see their answers.

Visiting Student Exposed to New Areas of Research and Creative Ideas at the Lab

Brooke Kuei, a Ph.D. student and budding science writer who is working at the Advanced Light Source, recently posted a blog on Medium talking about her experiences at the Lab. “I miss my friends at Penn State, my bed, and my daily routine back home, but working at Berkeley certainly has its perks: good weather, good food, and the opportunity to be part of a community that lives and breathes science,” she writes. More>

Postdoc Investigates the Interactions Between Soil Microbes and Plants

Lauren Jabusch has been passionate about sustainability and outreach since her early days as a freshman at UC Davis. Nearly a decade later, she has earned a bachelor’s, a master’s, and most recently a doctoral degree in biosystems engineering. Now a postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley Lab, Jabusch investigates the interactions between soil microbes and plants. More>

MSD’s Rosemary Williams Awarded Safety Hero Prize

Rosemary Williams — an administrative assistant in the Materials Sciences Division — is a recent recipient of Berkeley Lab’s quarterly “Safety Hero” $50 raffle prize for helping to prevent injuries in her office area. More>

Expert Q&A: Safeguarding the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Sean Peisert, a cybersecurity expert and staff scientist in the Lab’s Computational Research Division, discusses new methods that have the potential to keep our energy infrastructure safe from a cyberattack. More>

Pope Appoints Former Lab Director to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Former Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu has been appointed as a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The academy is comprised of six major areas: fundamental science, global problems, problems of the developing world, scientific policy, bioethics, and epistemology. Chu, who won a Nobel prize in physics in 1997, served as Energy Secretary from 2009 to 2013. 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.

‘Atomic Architect’ Tess Smidt to Give Two Lectures Today

Tess Smidt, a Lab Alvarez Fellow who is designing a neural network that can automatically generate novel atomic crystal structures, will discuss her research at 11 a.m. in the Molecular Foundry’s Chemla Room (Bldg. 67-3111). She then heads to campus for “From Cal, to Google, to Berkeley Lab: Becoming an Atomic Architect” at 4 p.m. in the Hearst Mining Building (room 290). Learn more about Smidt here.

Science Meets Fiction: Researchers Use Lab Inspiration in Their Writing

When it comes to writing science fiction, authors Corie Ralston (Biosciences Area) and Joe Silber (Engineering Division) use their experiences at the Lab to inform the plots of their stories. “I have daily interactions with scientists and access to all of these lab spaces where science actually happens,” says Silber. “I experience the visual, sensorial aspects firsthand — all of that adds a lot of texture to my stories.” More>

Biosciences’ Ke Xu Receives New Innovator Award

Ke Xu of the Biosciences Area has received a 2018 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. These $1.5 million grants aim to catalyze “exceptionally innovative” biomedical research from early career investigators. An assistant professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, Xu develops new physical and chemical tools to explore biological, chemical, and materials systems at the nanoscale with high resolution and sensitivity. More>