In the third episode of this series, Aliyah Kovner interviews JBEI scientists and SULI mentors Jay Keasling and Deepika Awasthi. They explore the fields of science making this 21st century industrial revolution possible: synthetic biology and biomanufacturing.
Archives for April 2021
The K-12 Team is hosting a Family STEM Fest on Saturday May 22 to celebrate the past and imagine the future with Berkeley Lab families. For more information, please visit https://k12education.lbl.gov/family-stem-fest
Scientists and engineers from Berkeley Lab teamed up to create a unique platform to study all aspects of miniature environments with unprecedented precision and control. The technology, named EcoPOD, is essentially a high-tech growing chamber that allows plants to be grown under highly controlled conditions. Esther Singer and Jenny Mortimer, two SULI mentors, discuss their […]
Biofuels and bioproducts are a way to kick our addiction to fossil fuels. This episode peeks into how scientists Aindrila Mukhopadhyay and Steve Singer are harnessing the versatile bacterium Pseudomonas putida to break down biomass and help bring about a more sustainable, biobased economy. These two scientists have served as SULI mentors and conduct research […]
EESA scientists Michelle Newcomer, a SULI mentor, and Erica Woodburn presented on April 27 during a session of the California Fire Science Seminar Series. They discussed their studies of water and watershed resilience to wildfires in California. To watch this presentation online, follow this link.
Berkeley Lab has launched the Carbon Negative Initiative, which will identify the most promising directions for future NET research. Deepika Awasthi and Hang Deng, WD&E mentors, will speak at this webinar on April 30 at noon.
Researchers at Berkeley Lab, including the Molecular Foundry’s Jeff Urban, have discovered a way to simplify the removal of toxic metals during desalination to produce clean water. Urban has served as a mentor for SULI, BLUFF, and VFP.
A new infant-warming device developed at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley offers a promising solution that does not require electricity and is low-cost. Ashok Gadgil, one of the researchers who developed the technology, has served as a SULI and BLUR mentor.
A Berkeley Lab-led international team of researchers has discovered a way to use ion beams to create long strings of “color center” qubits in diamond. Arun Persaud, a SULI and BLUR mentor, led the study.
An interdisciplinary LBNL team, including SULI mentors Brett Helms, Jay Keasling, and Kristin Persson, have visualized a new type of recycling plant that will allow plastics to be recycled indefinitely and cost-effectively.
Ting Xu, a Senior Scientist at MSD and a VFP mentor, has designed an enzyme-activated compostable plastic which could revolutionize recycling.
LBNL scientists, including SULI mentors Ahmet Kusoglu and Adam Weber, lead a study into the potential uses of hydrogen fuel cells for long-haul trucks. Additionally, the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck Consortium (M2FCT) aims to imagine a hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
Let’s explore Earth with a microscope! On April 23, dive deep down into the diverse world of microbes with LBNL scientists from the Joint Genome Institute. You’ll also hear from students about their experiences taking part in environmental research and internships.
Jeff Neaton, SULI mentor and Associate Lab Director of the ESA, discusses the Energy Sciences Area’s role in research at Berkeley Lab.
Aliyah Kovner interviewed multiple SULI mentors, including JBEI’s John Gladden and ABPDU’s Eric Sundstrom, to learn how Berkeley Lab scientists are creating new biofuels that could reduce disastrous wildfires.
Wanli Yang, a SULI mentor and senior scientist at the ALS, led a new study on carbonate cycling. His teams results, recently published in Joule, indicate a promising potential in new types of lithium batteries.
Sumanjeet Kaur, a SULI mentor, talks to The Next 90 about her work developing new types of thermal energy storage.
Frances Hellman, senior faculty scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and a CCI mentor, has helped with the Molecular Foundry’s research into magnetic skyrmions.
Brett Helms, a SULI mentor, led a study at the Molecular Foundry into the permeability of lithium ions. Along with his team, he has designed a new type of polymer membrane that allows more ions to flow through.
The Molecular Foundry’s Peter Ercius and Andreas Schmid have co-published a paper in Nature marking the first-ever determination of the 3D atomic structure of an amorphous solid – in this case, a material called metallic glass. Understanding the atomic structure of metallic glasses could help engineers design even better versions of these materials, for an […]