Friday, April 11, 2014

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of April 6, 2014


Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.

The April 10 issue of the San Francisco Business Times includes the announcement of Elsie Quaite-Randall’s arrival as head of technology transfer.

An April 10 Chemistry World story highlighted work done in conjunction with NCEM’s Jim Ciston on a new way to make ethanol. Science Blog and other sites also covered the research.

An April 8 CNN story featured research showing new results on the expansion of the universe and quoted the Lab’s David Schlegel and Andreu Font-Ribera. The work was widely covered by Science News, Astronomy EarthSky, and many others.

The April 7 edition of KPFA-FM’s Letter & Politics included an extended interview with the Lab’s Michael Wehner, who discussed recent IPCC climate change reports.

An April 7 Architectural Lighting highlighted the Lab’s new FLEXLAB facility and quoted Steve Selkowitz.

An April 6 Boston Globe story profiled the Lab’s Carl Haber and his work on audio restoration.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 30, 2014


Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.

The April issue of Engineering News-Record magazine includes a cover story on the Lab’s Steve Selkowitz, along with his work on FLEXLAB. A slideshow also accompanies the story.

The April issue of the Spanish edition of MIT Technology Review named the Lab’s Rebecca Abergel as one of its Innovators Under 35.

The April 4 issue of India West covered water purification technology developed by the Lab’s Ashok Gadgil and Susan Amrose.

An April 3 New Scientist story on modifying plants to create fuels quoted the Lab’s Jay Keasling.

An April 1 story in The Scientist featured work on phage sensors by the Lab’s Seung-Wuk Lee and inspired by turkey skin.

A March 31 San Francisco Business Times story covered research led by the Lab’s Anand Gopal, Samveg Saxena and Amol Phadke, showing the benefits of hybrid cars in India and China. The work was widely covered including by IEEE Spectrum, Indian Express, Hindu Business, The Economic Times,  The New India Express, Hindustan Times and others.

A March 31 io9.com story on future sources of energy noted the work on artificial photosynthesis being conducted by the Lab (#7 on the list).

A recent Building Performance podcast included a discussion with the Lab’s Iain Walker on testing buildings for air tightness.

A March 31 Scientific American story on biofuels and climate change quoted the Lab’s Jeff Greenblatt.

A March 31 US News & World Report story looked at the benefits of running and walking and cited work led by the Lab’s Paul Williams.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 23, 2014


Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.

A March 30 National Geographic blog story and video highlighted the Lab’s participation in the recent 2014 BioBlitz and included interviews with Gabrielle Pecora and John Hulls. Pecora was also quoted in a recent Marin Independent Journal story on her work in studying human waste as compost.

A March 30 New Scientist story on the strength of oyster shells quoted the Lab’s Rob Ritchie.

A March 27 USA Today story on an artificial chromosome quoted the Lab’s Adam Arkin.

A March 26 Fast Co.Exist story featured Lab start up Exogen and quoted cofounders Sylvain Costes and Jonathan Tang.

A March 26 Brazilian news story looked at climate research in the Amazon, including work led by the Lab’s Jeff Chambers.

A March 25 Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News story highlighted research in identifying gene enhancers led by the Lab’s Diane Dickel.

A March 24 Contra Costa Times story on the possibility of Fukushima radiation reaching California shores quoted the Lab’s Kai Vetter and Philip Long.

A March 24 Men’s Health story featured research on third-hand smoke led by the Lab’s Bo Hang.

A March 20 US News & World Report story on engineering schools noted the collaboration between the Lab and UC Berkeley to provide students access to high-tech facilities.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 16, 2014


Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.

The March issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine includes a look at the debate over cool surfaces and quotes the Lab’s Ronnen Levinson, citing Lab efforts in the field.

A March 17 NPR story featured research on third-hand smoke led by the Lab’s Bo Hang. His work was widely covered including by Fox News, National Geographic, the Sacramento Bee, UPI, Daily Mail and many others. He also conducted interviews with BBC News and CBS News radio.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Mumbai/Third-hand-smoke-can-trigger-cancer/articleshow/32196048.cms
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http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/lifestyle/archives/2014/03/20140317-095317.html
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The spring issue of California magazine includes a look at the many elements on the Periodic Table that were discovered at UC Berkeley and the Lab.

A March 18 Live Science story on the recent report of finding gravitational ripples quoted the Lab’s Uros Seljak.

A March 19 Scientific American story covered Berkeley Lab startup Exogen and quoted cofounder Sylvain Costes and Jonathan Tang. KQED also covered their effort.

A March 17 R&D magazine story featured the development of a new gene expression map by a consortium led by the Lab’s Susan Celniker. China Press also covered the work.   

Friday, March 14, 2014

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 9, 2014


Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.

A March 14 Huffington Post story on Pi Day was written by the Lab’s David Bailey.

The March issue of Symmetry magazine includes a story on scientific instrumentation and cited work by the Lab’s Saul Perlmutter and David Nygren.

A March 13 story in Canada’s Daily Commercial News looked at cool roof and cool surface research by the Lab.

A March 11 story in The Engineer looked at efforts to create artificial photosynthesis led by the Lab’s Gary Moore at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis. The Daily Cal ran a similar story.

A March 10 San Francisco Chronicle front-page business section story covered water purification technology developed by the Lab’s Ashok Gadgil and Susan Amrose.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 2, 2014


Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.

A March 7 Huffington Post story looked at recent research on cool roofs and quoted the Lab’s Ben Mandel.

A March 7 Clean Technica story highlighted work on artificial photosynthesis led by the Lab’s Heinz Frei. RedOrbit, R&D.com and others also covered his work.

A March 6 Santa Rosa Press Democrat story on a study of the mouth of the Russian River noted the Lab’s participation in the project and included several photos with the Lab’s Craig Ulrich and Katie McKnight.

A March 6 Contra Costa Times story looked at Berkeley Lab startup Exogen and quoted co-founders Sylvain Costes and Jon Tang.

A March 5 San Francisco Business Times story covered the licensing of water purification technology developed by the Lab’s Ashok Gadgil and Susan Amrose.

A March 5 Nature story on better batteries cited work by the Lab’s Elton Cairns and Kristin Persson.

A March 5 Photonics story featured work on bacteria-resistant materials developed by the Lab’s Mohammad Mofrad. News.Medical, UC Health, and others also covered the work.

A March 5 Daily Cal story covered the induction of the Lab’s Ashok Gadgil into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

A March 5 UtilityDive story on paying for electricity based on time-of-use quoted the Lab’s Peter Cappers.

A March 4 New York Times story on the molecular system known as CRISPR quoted the Lab’s Jennifer Doudna and cited her work.

A March 4 Astronomy story highlighted new understanding of supernovas and quoted the Lab’s Greg Aldering.

A March 3 New Scientist story on the resurrection of an ancient virus quoted the Lab’s Janet Jansson.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Feb. 23, 2014


Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.

A Feb. 28 GreenCarCongress story highlighted work on a next-generation fuel cell led by the Lab’s Peidong Yang. Phys.org, Knovel.com and other websites also covered the work.

A Feb. 28 GreenBuildingAdvisor.com story on ventilation systems and radon quoted the Lab’s Max Sherman.

A Feb. 27 KTVU-TV Channel 2 story looked at the Rapid Building Energy Modeler developed at the Lab and being displayed at this year’s ARPA-E meeting.

A Feb. 27 e360.Yale story on small energy sources included a look at work on an electricity-generating virus led by the Lab’s Seung-Wuk Lee.

A Feb. 26 Contra Costa Times story covered a recent Science At The Theater presentation featuring Lab researchers Sylvain Costes, Alex Zettl, Gloria Olivier, Steven Lanzisera and Guoying Chen. The CIRM Research blog also covered the event.

A Feb. 26 Student Science story on pollution in China quoted the Lab’s Mark Levine.

On Feb. 24 the Daily Cal included an obituary on the Lab’s Gareth Thomas.

A February issue of The Scientist included a profile of Lab life scientist Abby Dernburg.

A recent China Daily story on 3M joining as a new partner in the US-China Clean Energy Research Center-Building Energy Efficiency effort, led by the Lab, quoted Nan Zhou.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Berkeley Lab In the News, Feb. 9-21, 2014

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Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.

A Feb. 21 R&D magazine story highlighted a new way to visualize catalytic reactions and led by the Lab’s Elad Gross, Dean Toste and Gabor Somorjai.

A Feb. 19 R&D magazine story covered the installation of a new Berkeley Lab-built detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

A Feb. 18 Houston Chronicle story on the benefits of running to improve breast cancer survival cited work by the Lab’s Paul Williams.

A Feb. 15 front-page San Francisco Chronicle business section story on biotech startups highlighted Berkeley Lab startup Exogen and quoted co-founders Sylvain Costes and Jon Tang.

A Feb. 14 Smithsonian.com story on finding the perfect office temperature cited Lab research.

A Feb. 11 USA Today story on the benefits of cool roofs cited recent lab research and quoted the Lab’s Art Rosenfeld. Scientific American, Burlington Free Press, and The Examiner ran similar stories.




Monday, February 10, 2014

Berkeley Lab In the News, Feb. 2-7, 2014


Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.

A Feb. 7 Health Day story featured work by the Lab’s Paul Williams showing the benefits of running in helping prevent breast cancer. The San Francisco Chronicle also ran a story on his work this week.

A Feb. 7 HPC Wire podcast with the Lab’s Kristin Persson looked at how she uses supercomputers in her work on a materials database.

A Feb. 6 KCBS-AM interview with the Lab’s Kai Vetter discussed a new project dubbed “Kelp Watch” to monitor radiation from Fukushima. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran a similar story.

A Feb. 6 R&D magazine story highlighted work on phonons led by the Lab’s Ramamoorthy Ramesh.

A Feb. 7 Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News story covered work led by the Lab’s Jennifer Doudna and Eva Nogales showing new insights into the Cas9 enzyme. Doudna had another recent study on Cas9 also covered by FARS News, among other outlets. Doudna’s work was also recently highlighted on the NSF news page as well.

The NSF and Science magazine announced the awards for best science visualizations of the year. On the honorable mention list was an effort by the Lab’s James Sethian and Robert Saye to visualize bubbles.  NBC News, io9, Fox News, Live Science and many others covered the award mention.

A Feb. 4 RedOrbit.com story featured work led by the Lab’s John Tainer on a DNA “shape-shifting” repair mechanism.

A Feb. 3 Venture Beat story covered the launch of a new citizen science campaign led by the Lab’s Sylvain Costes, Steve Yannone and Jonathan Tang.

A Feb. 3 HPC Wire podcast with the Lab’s Dula Parkinson looked at the challenges of managing big data coming from the Advanced Light Source.

A Feb. 3 Wired magazine story on the dangers of third-hand smoke quoted the Lab’s Mohamad Sleiman and referenced work led by Bo Hang. Lara Gundel was quoted in a similar story in the Huffington Post.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Jan. 26, 2014

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Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.

The current issue of Real Simple magazine includes a cover story on work by the Lab’s Paul Williams showing how running may be better than walking to prevent breast cancer. His work was also covered by the Huffington Post, Canadian Broadcasting, FARS News service, ANI News, and others.

A Jan. 31 MedGadget story featured a new technology co-developed by the Lab’s Sylvain Costes to detect damaged DNA. MedCityNews also covered the work.

A Jan. 30 Fast Co.Design story highlighted the Lab’s latest cool roof research.

A Jan. 30 Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News story highlighted work on how an enzyme attacks DNA during viral infections, work led by the Lab’s Jennifer Doudna.

A Jan. 30 HPC Wire story noted the upcoming dedication of NERSC’s new Edison supercomputer. InsideHPC also covered the story.

A Jan. 29 Washington Post story on Neanderthal genes quoted the Lab’s Eddy Rubin.

A Jan. 29 Nature magazine story on X-ray science quoted the Lab’s John Tainer.

A Jan. 29 story on Public Radio International’s “The World” looked at a potential new fuel cell and quoted the Lab’s Vince Battaglia.

A Jan. 29 Forbes magazine story on nuclear fracking quoted the Lab’s Jens Birkholzer.

A Jan. 29 Daily Cal story looked at the establishment of a new Richmond Bay Campus Executive Committee.

A Jan. 27 IEEE Spectrum story featured work on an electronic whisker, developed by the Lab’s Ali Javey. EE News also covered his work.

A Jan. 27 PBS.com story on dark energy quoted the Lab’s Michael Mortonson.
A Jan. 26 Daily Breeze story covered the launch of “Kelp Watch,” co-led by the Lab’s Kai Vetter.

A Jan. 13 EE News story noted the bestowing of the Fermi Award to the Lab’s Andy Sessler.