A team of undergrads led by senior scientist Ann Almgren for the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering got a little closer to understanding how groups of cells may respond to different kinds of forces. Almgren’s team, including recent UC Berkeley graduate and SULI intern Victor Zendejas Lopez modeled the mechanical forces governing the shape […]
3Q4 talks with Robin López. He has worked as a research associate studying climate change in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area. He is also a SULI alum, a Ph.D. candidate and a researcher in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley.
We are Berkeley chatted with Xiaoqin Wu. She is a BLUR mentor and an environmental project scientist at the Department of Ecology within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area.
Berkeley Lab plays a leading role in the research and development of clean hydrogen, on both the fundamental science and applied technologies sides. In this interview, two SULI mentors and hydrogen experts, Adam Weber and Ahmet Kusoglu talk about how hydrogen can help achieve net-zero emissions
In this month’s Midday Science Cafe, Dr. Erica Siirila-Woodburn, a Research Scientist at Berkeley Lab and SULI mentor, will talk about one of the most pressing questions in climate change: How does climate change alter landscapes and what are the downstream effects of these changes?
A technology developed by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) shows great promise for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms arise. This feature on spectral phenotyping focuses on Cynthia McMurray, who is a SULI mentor and senior scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Biosciences Area.
This biennial meeting will bring together several thousand participants from the current Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC), Energy Innovation Hubs, Computational Materials and Chemical Sciences (CMS/CCS) Projects, Department of Energy, and the public. The first day of the meeting will be on October 18 from 11 AM to 4:30PM, Eastern. It will be a free, public plenary session […]
Researchers from the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Computational Research Division are part of a team that has successfully tested a model for a data-sharing network that could dramatically improve the time it takes to access experimental scientific data. Alex Sim, SULI mentor and senior computing engineer in Berkeley […]
The Berkeley Lab K-12 STEM Education & Outreach Team is planning to host a bilingual (Spanish-English) STEM program for local high school English Learners (ELs) students. They are seeking Berkeley Lab scientists and staff who would like to be part of the planning committee for this new program taking place in spring 2022.
On Oct. 7, at 10 AM, Dr. Faith Dukes will virtually present on careers in science education and outreach to the Berkeley Graduate and Postdoc Career Development office. Click this link to sign up for this workshop.
QSA scientists study sophisticated two-dimensional (2D) materials that could potentially increase the coherence time of qubits in superconducting circuits. Monica Hernandez examines how their research leverages broad expertise at different QSA partner institutions and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research facilities. SULI mentor Sinead Griffin is featured.
In the latest episode of “A Day in the Half-Life,” Aliyah Kovner speaks to Mike Gerhardt, 2020 WD&E Outstanding mentor, about the history of piggy-banking power to spend it later. He explains how this field is evolving to help us prevent extreme weather-related blackouts, adopt more renewable energy, and build bigger, better, more environmentally responsible […]
Did you enjoy Berkeley Lab’s 2021 SLAM? Watch the winners compete on October 28 at the Bay Area Research SLAM. The Bay Area Research SLAM is a collaboration between the Bay Area’s National Labs ( Berkeley Lab, Livermore Lab, Sandia Lab, and SLAC Lab).
Jay Keasling, a SULI mentor and senior faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), professor at UC Berkeley, and CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), has been named a Distinguished Scientist Fellow by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.
New experiments by indoor air researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) show that certain circumstances will result in poor mixing of room air. This article features research scientists and SULI mentors Woody Delp and Brett Singer.
Astrophysicist and SULI mentor Saul Perlmutter has been appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the White House announced today.
Mike Whittaker is a research scientist in the Energy Geoscience Division (EGD). On Wednesday at 2:00 PM, he’ll give a virtual talk on the current state of the lithium landscape, and how LBL is poised to power the resource-to-recharge revolution.
Join the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association for activities celebrating the work of Berkeley Lab’s postdocs. Check out their website to learn more.
Join Berkley Lab friends and family on Thursday, September 23 @ 3pm for the 2021 Berkeley Lab SLAM. 12 finalists – find out who will win! The event will be streamed live at streaming.lbl.gov.
A recap of the 2021 SOAR Internship Completion Celebration SOAR intern Jacklyn Gee explains the results of her research with mentor Dr. Corie Ralston. Fellow intern Joshua Brodit listens. On August 18, 2021, the achievements of 2021’s SOAR for Youth interns were celebrated over ZOOM. Based in California, SOAR for Youth is a non-profit organization […]
Berkeley Lab’s K-12 office was recently profiled. Learn more about their summer programs.
GEM alum Ileana Callejas was recently profiled for her research on water quality in Belize. Callejas is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.
SULI mentor and staff scientist Anthony Gonsalves’ work on the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center has been published in the journal High Power Laser Science and Engineering.
In this Basics2Breakthrough video, Berkeley Lab Research Scientist Jason Cooper talks about the process of artificial photosynthesis and how its used to convert sunlight into liquid chemical fuels.
The DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT)’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) provides R&D funding in the applied energy programs (including electricity, energy efficiency, renewable energy, fossil energy, cybersecurity, and nuclear energy) to energy technologies with the potential for high impact. Two mentors for WD&E programs, Nem Danilovic and Maxim Marchevsky, discuss their recent awards.
Ian Rambo, a graduate student, discusses the work on mangroves and ‘mud islands’ that he conducted at JGI through the DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program, which awards graduate students the opportunity to pursue part of their thesis research at one of the DOE national laboratories or national user facilities.
Writer Emily Scott reviews the history of the ABPDU and where it’s headed next. Deepti Tanjore, director of ABPDU and SULI mentor, is interviewed.
ATAP Division Director and SULI mentor Cameron Geddes talks with The Next 90 about the history of the Lab’s accelerators and their plans for the future.
Berkeley Lab’s Government and Community Relations Office is launching a new portal that offers Lab employees an easy way to learn about, choose, and sign up for volunteer opportunities in the community and with Lab-sponsored K-12 programs.
A team of U.S. Department of Energy scientists led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) aims to collect a vast array of measurements that will allow scientists to better understand the future of water in the West. The Surface Atmosphere Integrated Field Laboratory (SAIL) will be led by Daniel Feldman, the lead SAIL investigator, […]
Susan Hubbard, Associate Lab Director at Earth & Environmental Sciences and SULI mentor, will be speaking at the 2021 UC Wildlife Symposium Series on September 22.
(Top and bottom image) Interns, guests, and WD&E staff gathered virtually for the Summer 2021 Intern Poster Session. Have you ever thought about how algae protects itself against the sun’s harsh rays? Or how computer modeling might help us unlock the secrets of cancer cells? Over the summer, 65 interns worked closely with Berkeley Lab […]
(from left to right) MLEF interns Stephanie Huang, Brendan Hughes, and Jessee Steele. This summer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Workforce Development & Education hosted three recipients of the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF). These interns were sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and pursued a 10-week summer internship program in […]
In this Science Snapshot, Ravi Prasher, a SULI mentor and scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area, talks about a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop a cost-effective thermoelectric waste-heat recovery system to reduce electricity-related carbon emission. His team’s findings were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.
Four climate scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) were key contributors to the latest IPCC report, which focused on the physical science basis of climate change. Berkeley Lab scientist and SULI mentor Charles Koven was a lead author for the report’s chapter on global carbon cycles.
Lara Kueppers, a SULI mentor and climate scientist at Berkeley Lab, spoke with KQED’s Brian Watt last week about a new IPCC study.
Over July 27 – 28, science journalists, public information officers, PIOs, and scientists ‘gathered’ online at the #SciPep conference to discuss strategies for communicating basic research to the public. WD&E’s Communications Coordinator Ingrid Ockert reflects on what she learned during the conference. SciPEP (Science Public Engagement Partnership) was organized by the Department of Energy’s Office […]
A new Berkeley Lab study published in Weather and Climate Extremes finds that global warming will deliver bigger and wetter atmospheric river storms to the Pacific Coast, with a subtle but important uptick in the fraction that are deemed hazardous to water resource management. The lead author of the study is GEM mentor Alan Rhoades. […]
WD&E’s STEM Education Specialist Laleh Coté has published her thoughtful reflections on conducting research from home during COVID-19 in the journal, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. To read this piece, please follow this link!
2019 and 2020 awardees (from left to right) Dr. Edward Baidoo, Dr. Michael Gerhardt, Tracy Mattox, Dr. Talita Perciano, Dr. Arun Persaud, and Dr. Haruko Wainwright We are very lucky to have researchers who volunteer their time and take our interns under their wing. In 2019, 162 interns worked closely with researchers at Berkeley Lab. […]
A conversation between GEM fellows past and present In June, WD&E spoke with current GEM fellow Liban Hussein (left) and Staff Scientist (GEM alum) Dr. Micah Folsom (right) about their experiences with the National GEM Consortium. Berkeley Lab became an employer member of the Consortium in 2017; since then, 10 fellows have been placed throughout […]
Daniela Ushizima — a SULI mentor and a staff scientist in the Computational Research Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory — and the Center for Recognition and Inspection of Cells (CRIC) have taken a major step toward applying machine learning techniques to women’s health: their newly published database of images of cervical-vaginal cytology, the CRIC […]
SULI mentor and EGSB Division Director Susannah Tringe’s work has been featured in Discovery Magazine.
Wondering what happens after an internship at a DOE national laboratory? We’ve got answers. Check out our recording from Secretary Granholm’s remarks to the Office of Science’s Post-Internship Panel July 13, moderated by DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory Director Dr. Doon
DOE and Office of Science celebrate nearly 1,000 undergraduate student, graduate student, and faculty award recipients. Hear remarks from Secretary Granholm, Representative Sean Casten, and panel discussion with select awardees discussing their upcoming research opportunities.
A new cohort of master’s level students will join EESA as interns who will work on year-long research projects on August 1. This is the fourth set of students to participate in the Berkeley Lab Pathbreaker program since it was started as a joint collaboration with Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB) by Berkeley Lab […]
Did you miss the K-12’s excellent STEM Career Talk series? Don’t worry – you can still find them online! To watch more, please follow this link.
SAGE-S (Science Accelerating Girls’ Engagement in STEM) is a one week long summer camp for public high school students. The program allows scientists, engineers, and staff to share what everyday life in a STEM profession is like. This year, join virtually across five laboratories from Aug. 2 – 7th. Click here for more information.
Early career scientists will learn from national leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM in this free and public Zoom webinar on Aug. 23. (2:00 – 2:00 EDT, 11 – 12 PDT). It will begin with short presentations by the speakers, followed by a guided Q&A session. This webinar is organized by the DOE’s […]
The Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has developed and tested an innovative optical system to precisely measure and control the position and pointing angle of high-power laser beams with unprecedented accuracy – without interrupting or disturbing the beams. SULI mentor and Director of […]
Among with his colleagues, staff scientist and SULI mentor Gregory Hura have published a comprehensive study in Biophysical Journal that represents the first step toward developing treatments COVID-19.
As we work towards a more sustainable future, new materials are being developed to reduce waste production, increase energy efficiency and expand technological advancement. Tune in via K-12’s ZOOM on 7/23 at 10 AM.
Berkeley Lab is teaming up with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and other organizations to create the Partnership for Advanced Window Solutions (PAWS), with the aim of accelerating nationwide adoption of highly efficient windows, storm windows and shading systems. Berkeley Lab researcher and SULI mentor Robert Hart is […]
Join K-12’s staff in the latest session of their ‘STEM Career Talk Series’ about the emerging field of Data Science. Hear directly from those working in the field to create policy around energy and entertainment. Learn how current college students are navigating majors in Data Science and what it means to be a Data Scientist. […]
Workforce Education and Development hosted a GEM Virtual Site Visit with (Clockwise from top left) Executive Director Marcus A. Huggans, Communications Coordinator Ingrid Ockert, Staff Scientist Carl Grace, Manager of Workforce Development and Education Colette Flood; GEM Coordinator Kia Johnson; GEM Fellow, Liban Hussein; WD&E Internship Program Manager Nakeiah Harrell; GEM CEO Brennon Marcano. On […]
Internships can be a gateway to a long and fruitful career in STEM. In this recorded ZOOM session from K12’s summer series, hear from workforce development experts, like WD&E director Colette Flood, and current scientists on how to make connections and great impressions that can lead to future opportunities.
Berkeley Lab scientists are teaming with Oakland-based nonprofit Physicians, Scientists and Engineers (PSE) for Healthy Energy to install sensors that will give residents data to understand air pollution sources and patterns. SULI mentor Tom Kirchstetter led the project.
IPO’s Gregg Scharfstein interviews Dr. Deepti Tanjore, SULI mentor and Director of The Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU), about innovation. They focus on Deepti’s origin story, her work at the Lab, and her dedication to resolving scale-up challenges for synthetic biology based technologies.
Technological innovation in agriculture and environmental science are crucial in combating climate change. Learn how scientists and chef are changing the way we think about food. Tune in via K12 on 7/9 at 10 AM.
Congratulations to research scientist and SULI mentor Michael Whittaker (EESA) for being selected as a participant in this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, as part of the UC President’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Fellowship program. He will attend virtual lectures and interactive sessions with 40 Nobel laureates around the world from June 27 to July […]
Lin Lin, a faculty scientist and SULI mentor, has been selected to receive a prestigious Simons Investigator in Mathematics award from the Simons Foundation. Lin’s research focuses on the development of efficient and accurate numerical methods for electronic structure calculations.
EESA has developed an interactive storymap to describe how their researchers are developing methods to analyze how wildfires impact water quality, and producing robust computer models that can reliably predict wildfires and their effects on the landscape across multiple time and space scales, from hillslopes to entire forests, and from hours to centuries. The work […]
A research team led by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley has developed a nanoparticle composite that grows into 3D crystals. Ting Xu and Peter Ercius, two WD&E mentors, are featured.
Internships can be a gateway to a long and fruit career. In this STEM Career Talk, hear from WD&E’s Colette Flood and GEM mentor Michael Folsom how to make connections. Stream via K12’s ZOOM on July 2 at 10 AM.
Applications for Workforce Development & Education fall 2021 internship programs are available for review. Mentors can select potential candidates for their labs. Programs start on August 23 and run for 15 weeks. (Fully virtual, non-onsite work). Interested? Read more in our Applicant Review Guide.
Three Berkeley Lab projects were awarded more than $2 million from the DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) to further collaborative research and development with industry partners on radioactivity detecting technology, next generation electrodes for electrolysis of water, and high performance sustainable aviation fuel. One of these teams is headed by Eric Sundstrom, a SULI mentor.
This article profiles the Advanced Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory, a new capstone course in the program taught by WD&E mentor Jay Keasling. The course prepares students for careers in the biopharmaceutical, industrial biotech, or food tech industries by giving them much-needed hands-on experience with bioprocessing equipment. WD&E mentor Deepti Tanjore, director of ABPDU, is also interviewed.
3Q4 talks to Berkeley Lab’s CUCSA current delegates, Asmita Patel (ATAP) and Doug Burkhardt (Facilities). Burkhardt is a former CCI mentor.
Barbara Jacak, a faculty senior scientist and former director of the Nuclear Science Division, was recently named a member of the prestigious American Philosophical Society.
After several years of research led by Berkeley Lab, scientists have made significant progress in developing battery cathodes that can be made of inexpensive and abundant metals. Ravi Prasher, Berkeley Lab’s Associate Lab Director for Energy Technologies and SULI mentor, is interviewed in this feature story.
SULI mentors Kristin Persson and Haruko Wainwright are just a few of the featured speakers for the upcoming Berkeley Lab 90th Anniversary Speaker Series: Leveraging Machine Learning for Science. Join this session, through ZOOM, on June 25th at 12:00 PM.
Alex Kim, a Lab physicist and SULI mentor, shares his previous experience as a Lab Ambassador and the value he has received from this program in expanding his knowledge, skills, and even recruiting talent to the Lab.
On June 20, 2021 (1 – 6 PM EST), selected university graduate programs will virtually connect with some of the nation’s most talented students who are participating in national laboratory research through DOE’s Community College Internships and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships. This event is administered by ORISE, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), Office […]
Berkeley Lab’s Aliyah Kovner talks with Brett Helms and Corinne Scown, about the inspiration for a type of plastics called poly(diketoenamine) ( or PDK), shortfalls in our current recycling systems, and how this ambitious project is enabled by a diverse combination of scientific expertise. Helms has served as a mentor for many WD&E programs including […]
Charuleka Varadharajan, a research scientist in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), talks about her research with The Next 90.
Associate Lab Director, and SULI mentor, Susan Hubbard discusses the EESA’s mission and priorities in a new profile featured on the Next 90.
SULI mentor Jenny Mortimer will describe some of JBEI’s work to engineer the plant cell to improve biomass composition for the production of biofuels and bioproducts, including their efforts to develop an improved model of the plant cell wall using multi-dimensional solid state NMR.
Data science has become the new category in research science. Our speakers will share how they use data science in their fields and what you need to know as a young researcher. Tune in via K12’s ZOOM on 7/16 at 10 AM.
Discover how the art of DJing in Hip Hop culture and STEM intertwine in collaboration with MacArthur Fellow physicist, Dr. Carl Haber, Bay Area artist Jahi, and Berkeley Lab’s own DJ Miles Green. The Live Science Series is hosted by the K-12 STEM Education and Outreach team at Berkeley Lab. Each episode in the series […]
During the weeks of June 14th-25th 2021, students accepted in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program and other fusion/plasma undergraduate intenship programs throughout the US, will participate in an intensive course on plasma physics and fusion energy sciences, taught by world renowned scientists from various national and international institutions.
Researchers led by SULI mentor Musahid Ahmed have demonstrated the first real-time measurement, using lab-based methods, of unstable particles called free radicals reacting under cosmic conditions, prompting elementary carbon and hydrogen atoms to coalesce into primal benzene rings.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has passed the halfway mark in the multi-year process of fabricating crucial superconducting cables as part of a project to upgrade the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. This upgrade, now in progress, will greatly increase the facility’s collision rate and its scientific […]
In his ongoing webinar series, Gregory Scharfstein interviews HR Division Partner LaTonja Wright talks about her pathway to a career at Berkeley Lab.
Former SULI intern Mael Flament has been selected as a 2021 Activate Fellow. Flament is the co-founder of Qunnect. He is working to enable quantum internet.
The National Laboratory Summer Seminar Series 2021 event is just around the corner! This is the first of the season for this summer series. This event will feature Dr. Karen Skubal and will highlight Department of Energy Office of Science research. The Office of Science is the lead federal agency supporting scientific research for energy […]
A team of researchers, led by SULI mentor Rebecca Abergel, has compiled the most complete library yet of lanthanides and their potential toxicity – by exposing baker’s yeast, aka Saccharomyces cerevisiae, to lanthanide metals. Their findings were recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Supervisor Spotlight talks to Kei Nakamura, one of two Associate Deputy Directors (ADD) for Experiments for the BELLA Center and a SULI mentor.
How SULI internships have supported the DESI Legacy Imaging Survey SULI intern Christopher Storfer examines DESI data with one of his mentors, Xiaosheng Huang. (Photo taken by Thor Swift in 2019) The Workforce Development & Education Department administers eleven internship programs at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). One of the […]
Ben Nachman, a staff scientist in the Physics Division and SULI mentor, has been awarded the Young Experimental Particle Physicist Prize of High Energy and Particle Physics from the European Physical Society. We are Berkeley Lab asked him 3 questions.
Nick Reichart was only a few months into his year-long graduate research project at the JGI when the pandemic interrupted his plans. Reichart was working with Tanja Woyke and Bob Bowers through the DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program, which awards graduate students the opportunity to pursue part of their thesis research […]
Five scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to receive funding through the Early Career Research Program (ECRP). Two of these scientists, Marcos Turqueti and Benjamin Cole, have served as WD&E mentors.
Tune in to learn about LBNL’s state-of-the-art facilities and how they are advancing fundamental science, driving innovation, and improving the world we live in. BLUR mentor Michael Johnson will be featured.
Researchers at Berkeley Lab who previously identified potentially harmful emissions from electronic cigarettes are now identifying the potential health risks of vaping cannabis. The research was led by Berkeley Lab scientist and SULI mentor Hugo Destaillats.
A new study led by Berkeley Lab has provided the first physical evidence that warmer temperatures lead to a significant drop in the stored carbon stock in deep forest soils. SULI mentors Margaret Torn and Jennifer Soong led an experiment in California’s Sierra Nevada forest and found that the carbon content in subsoils dropped 33% […]
Berkeley Lab’s next supercomputer will be an HPE Cray system named “Perlmutter” in honor of Saul Perlmutter, an astrophysicist at Berkeley Lab who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to research showing that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Perlmutter is a SULI mentor.
A group of scientists who study the interactions between plants and microbes have released a new study detailing the dynamic relationships between soil-dwelling protists and developing plants, demonstrating that soil protists respond to plant signals much like bacteria do. SULI mentor Javier A. Ceja Navarro contributed to this study.
ETA scientist and WD&E mentor Ronnen Levinson has helped the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) draft a pilot credit for the installation of cool exterior walls in new homes, schools, and commercial buildings to mitigate urban heat islands.
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will capture and study the light from tens of millions of galaxies and other distant objects in the universe. David Schlegel, along with other SULI mentors, are contributing to this project.
A paper on nanocrystals was recently published in Science. Jacob Waelder, a former SULI intern, now at the University of Washington, and his mentor Peter Ercius contributed research to the study.
Ravi Prasher, the associate lab director for ETA, shares his thoughts about the Area’s mission and priorities on the Next 90.