Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab’s Wehner Gives Climate Talk as Part of ‘Wonderfest’ Event

Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events are likely the most serious consequence of human-induced global warming. Understanding what the future portends is vital if society hopes to adapt to a very different world. The Lab’s Michael Wehner gave a talk on this topic at a recent Wonderfest event in Alameda. Watch a video of the presentation here. Wonderfest hosts science events around the Bay Area.

Who’s Your Favorite Scientist? These Kids Answer in Entertaining Ways

While staffing the Lab’s booth at the Discovery Day science education event on Nov. 3, employees stopped to talk with students from elementary school to high school to find out who their favorite scientist is. They gave a broad range of answers — from Frankenstein to the character “Doc” in the “Back to the Future” films — in typical kid fashion.

Video Highlights Energy Secretary’s Tour of All National Labs

In a recent Facebook post, Energy Secretary Rick Perry lauds the DOE’s national labs and “the incredible work being undertaken by our nation’s brightest minds.” The post includes a video that features his visit to all 17 national labs, including Berkeley Lab

IT’s Toledano Is Role Model for Latina Student in Nissan Video

After appearing in a video for Nissan’s diversity campaign last year, Soledad Toledano of the Lab’s IT Division suggested to the car company’s creative team the need to feature more women in STEM fields. They liked her idea and developed a new video featuring Latina high school senior Olga Hernandez. In the video Toledano shares with Hernandez her experiences as a woman working in technology, and surprises Hernandez with a powerful image of her possible future in cybersecurity.

Ice Sheet Simulations at NERSC Shed Light on Sea Level Rise Projections

The BISICLES (Berkeley Ice Sheet Initiative for CLimate ExtremeS) program is an important tool for research into how the loss of Antarctic ice shelves could contribute to sea level rise. The simulations shown here, created at NERSC by Lab scientist Dan Martin, demonstrate the millennial-scale vulnerability of the ice sheet due solely to the loss of its ice shelves. More>

5,000 Robots Merge to Map the Universe in 3D

How do you create the largest 3D map of the universe? It’s as easy as teaching 5,000 robots how to “dance.” DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, is an experiment that will target millions of distant galaxies by automatically swiveling fiber-optic positioners (the robots) to point and gather their light. In creating this detailed map, scientists hope to learn more about dark energy, which is driving the accelerating expansion of the universe. More>

Video of Wildland Fire Safety Presentation Now Available

On Aug. 14, Deputy Director for Operations Michael Brandt facilitated a discussion with Lab Fire Marshall Todd LaBerge, Senior Fire Protection Engineer Nick Bartlett, and Tonya Petty of Emergency Management on wildland fire risks. The presentation included updates on measures that are being taken to make the Lab safer and more responsive to a wildland fire event.

Video Highlights ‘Smart Farm’ Consortium

Lab scientists, working with the University of Arkansas and Glennoe Farms, are bringing together molecular biology, biogeochemistry, environmental sensing technologies, and machine learning to help revolutionize agriculture and create sustainable farming practices that benefit both the environment and farms. Watch video here. More>

Video: DESI Scientists Describe Their Quest to Unveil Dark Energy’s Secrets

In this video by the Mother Nature Network, scientists discuss their work in the Berkeley Lab-led Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) collaboration. DESI, which is under construction at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, will create the largest 3D map of the universe.

State of the Lab: Q&A With Lab Director Mike Witherell

Lab Director Mike Witherell recently offered his thoughts on the Lab’s direction, status, and reputation in an interview with Lab Chief Communications Officer John German. If you missed the Director’s “State of the Lab” address, go here to watch it. More>