Geri Richmond — a member of the National Science Board, secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and advocate for diversity — sat down in conversation with NPR’s Joe Palca on Monday, June 11. The event was part of the Director’s Distinguished Women in Science speaker series. Watch it here.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office has launched a Lab-wide program called “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation.” Each month features a new inclusion theme. May’s topic is “Unintended Consequences of Familiarity.” More>
Seventh graders from Berkeley’s Black Pine Circle School collected 3D images with X-rays at the Advanced Light Source on Thursday, April 26. In this video, ALS researcher Dula Parkinson shows the students how X-rays work. Their teacher, Christine Myko, has taught lessons about the ALS since 2013, when she developed classroom curriculum during an internship with Parkinson.
Scientists have developed a way to print 3-D structures composed entirely of liquids. Using a modified 3-D printer, they injected threads of water into silicone oil — sculpting tubes made of one liquid within another liquid. This marks an important first step toward liquid electronics. More>
During Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s visit on March 27, he stopped by Lab user facilities and heard from numerous scientists about their research. This video captures what he saw, and uses his own words to describe what he learned. Watch>
On World Water Day, watch researcher Emily Tow of the Energy Technologies Area talk about her project to treat municipal wastewater in an energy-efficient way and bring it up to drinking water standards. Using the Molecular Foundry, she is looking at biofouling of membranes used to treat wastewater. View all of our videos for World Water Day here.
California relies on the Sierra Nevada snowpack for a significant portion of its water needs, yet scientists understand very little about how changes in snowpack volume and timing will influence surface water and groundwater. Erica Woodburn is working on an advanced hydrologic model to study how climate change might affect California watersheds in the future. More>
Our second video for World Water Day this week features Chinmayee Subban, a researcher in the Energy Technologies Area. She discusses her technology for removing salt from low salinity water, a tech solution that could provide an alternative irrigation source for California’s agriculture needs. Go here to learn more about the Lab’s new Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute (WERRI).
The Lab’s Nuclear Science Division was highlighted as part of a video series for the American Physical Society’s recent meeting in Los Angeles. The video looks at the division’s research on neutron star mergers, gamma-ray tracking applications, the inner workings of the early universe’s quark soup, and the use of 3-D scene data to survey radiation in the environment. More>
Ashok Gadgil of the Energy Technologies Area designed a cookstove in 2005 for Sudanese refugee women that greatly reduces the need for collection of firewood, and the danger inherent in wood gathering. In this “Cal Future Forum” talk, Gadgil says the stove can help women around the world, producing outsize benefits from “small” technology. More>