Friday, March 27, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 22, 2015


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 announcement this week that Lab Director Paul Alivisatos would be stepping down appeared in the Contra Costa Times, San Francisco Business Times and Daily Cal.

An April issue of Architectural Lighting magazine included a Q&A with Steve Selkowitz.

On March 25 R&D.com featured a new discovery of how the brain and central nervous system may develop, work led by Ehud Isacoff.

A March 24 Ars Technica story looked at the implications of a public release of license plate scans and quotes Howard Matis.

A March 23 Radio Free Asia story on China’s challenges to becoming more energy efficient quoted David Fridley.

A March 23 GreenBiz story on ways the government can help emerging technologies cites work by the Lab’s Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies.

A March Newsweek magazine story on the promises, and perils, of synthetic biology, quoted Jay Keasling.

A March 20 National Geographic feature on small animals included the smallest bacteria ever seen, work led by Jill Banfield.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 15, 2015


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 19 International Business Times story featured new research on the role of permafrost in climate change, work led by Charles Koven.

A March 19 New York Times story looked at caution urged by a group of biologists, including Jennifer Doudna, of a genome-editing technique, a technique co-developed by Doudna.

A March 18 Radiation Therapy News story highlighted work on the risks of low-dose radiation led by Jian-Hua Mao. DOTMed ran a similar story.

A March 18 National Journal story on renewable portfolio standards quoted Galen Barbose.

A March 17 Symmetry story on the best measurement to date of the Higgs particle quoted Beate Heinemann.

On March 17 R&D.com ran a feature on work led by Jeffrey Long showing a better way to capture carbon using MOFs.

A March 17 Breaking Energy story on top energy innovations included the Lab’s work on smart windows.

A March 16 Washington Post story on standby energy quoted Alan Meier.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 8, 2015


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 12 Science magazine story on California’s thinning fog quoted Travis O’Brien.

A March 12 International Business Times story highlighted work led by Jeff Long on the creation of a new way to capture carbon.

A March 11 Times of India story on the use of air quality data in India quoted Josh Apte.

A March 11 Eco-Business.com story looked at work by the Lab’s Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies and its 50 Breakthroughs report.

On March 11 R&D.com ran a story on research co-led by Jian-Hua Mao showing new clues about the risk of cancer from low-dose radiation. Spire Healthcare and NewsMedical.net also covered the work.
A March 7 USA Today story included work led by Jill Banfield showing what may be the smallest bacteria ever seen. Slate and BuzzFeed also covered the findings.

The March/April edition of  Home Energy magazine includes a Q&A with Vi Rapp and her work on combustion and air quality.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 1, 2015


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 5 National Geographic story highlighted work led by Dan Feldman and Bill Collins showing new observations in climate change. Latin Post also covered the work.

A March 5 China Daily story on a new report on China-California energy efforts quoted Lynn Price.

A March 3 Washington Post story looked at work led by Jill Banfield showing what could be the tiniest organism on earth. The work was widely covered including by Smithsonian magazine, Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, UPI News, Huffington Post and Fox News among many others.

A March 4 E&E EnergyWire story on challenges to lighting building interiors quoted Steve Selkowitz.

A March 4 MoMA New York exhibit announcement on new acquisitions noted the Lab’s involvement in the proper description of the power symbol. (4th graph)

A March 3 Symmetry on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope camera quoted Alex Kim.

A Feb. 28 IEEE Spectrum story profiled Ashok Gadgil.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Feb. 8 to 27, 2015


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. 26 front-page San Francisco Chronicle story looked at new climate research led by the Lab’s Daniel Feldman and Bill Collins. The Chronicle also wrote an editorial on the research. The study received significant media attention including by the Associated Press, KCBS-AM, Popular Science, LiveScience, Physics World, Sacramento Bee, Forbes, and many others.

On Feb. 26 KQED released a new e-book highlighting efforts to create the Darfur Stove by Ashok Gadgil.

The recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) led to numerous stories of lab research, as well as the lab’s exhibit, in publications such as the BBC, NBC News, Forbes, and Physics Central:
The restart of the LHC with Beate Heinemann and Peter Jacobs appeared in:
Battery research with Venkat Srinivasan:
Climate research by Michael Wehner:
Look at the lab’s exhibit booth containing an IceCube detector:

A Feb. 20 New York Times story on solar panels and home values cited a report led by Ben Hoen, Ryan Wiser and colleagues.

A Feb. 13 Los Angeles Times story on conservation and the impact on utility companies quoted Galen Barbose.

A Feb. 13 HPC Wire story on a slow down in high-performance computing quoted Horst Simon.

A Feb. 13 KQED video profiled the Lab’s Vi Rapp in a career spotlight.

A Feb. 12 Wall Street Journal story looked at efforts to continue research on running and health by Paul Williams.

On Feb. 11 NPR radio interviewed Shashi Buluswar, discussing the recent 50 Breakthroughs report for the developing world. Makezine.com also covered the report.

A Feb. 11 KCBS-AM radio story on Google’s effort to invest in wind power quoted Ryan Wiser. Wiser was also quoted in a San Jose Mercury News story that same day.

A Feb. 10 New York Times story featured the Lab’s new Cyclotron Road project led by Ilan Gur. Nature magazine and GigaOm also recently talked to him about efforts to innovate.

A February HPC Wire story profiled Katie Antypas as one of their People to Watch in 2015.

A February Philadelphia Inquirer story looked at third-hand smoke research led by Hugo Destaillats.



Monday, February 9, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Feb. 1, 2015


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 most recent issue of Innovation magazine includes a profile of the Lab’s Elsie Quaite-Randall.

A Feb. 9 Bloomberg story looked at funding challenges faced by a runner’s project and quoted Paul Williams. The San Francisco Chronicle ran a similar story.
A Feb. 8 Washington Post story on home devices that use energy quoted Alan Meier.

A Feb. 6 Gizmag story looked at work by Eli Yablonovitch showing the potential to replace lasers with LEDs. KurzweilAI and several others also featured the work.

A Feb. 5 IEEE Spectrum story highlighted work by Feng Wang on “valleytronics.”

A Feb. 5 San Francisco Business Journal story looked at the status of a planned campus in Richmond.

A Feb. 5 Washington Post story on research into the Gulf oil spill quoted Terry Hazen.

A Feb. 4 Newsweek opinion piece co-written by Jeff Greenblatt and Dev Millstein looked at the health benefits of addressing climate change.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Jan. 25, 2015


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 Jan. 29 Washington Post story covered the recent opening of a new Smithsonian exhibit that includes the audio restoration work of Carl Haber and Earl Cornell. Smithsonian magazine also covered the exhibit.

A Jan. 28 Real Estate Weekly story looked at a report led by Ben Hoen showing increased values in homes with PV panels.

A Jan. 28 Engineering.com story highlighted work on “valleytronics,” by Feng Wang.

A Jan. 28 Christian Science Monitor story on the potential of covering parking lots with solar panels quoted Haley Gilbert. A similar story in the Washington Post noted the lab’s research in the area.

A Jan. 26 Scientific American story on blue LEDs quoted Christian Kisielowski.

A Jan. 26 LiveScience story on the current state of research on helium quoted Oliver Gessner.

A Jan. 24 San Jose Mercury News story on measuring our bodies’ risk of disease quoted Judith Campisi.

A Jan. 23 CBS Bay Area story covered a new report by Jeff Greenblatt showing California is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Jan. 18, 2015


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 Jan. 23 Climate Wire story looked at a report led by Jeff Greenblatt showing California could meet its emission reduction goals by 2030, though reaching 2050 goals may be more challenging.

A Jan. 23 Scientific American story highlighted a Berkeley Lab report showing solar installation improves a home’s value. FastCoexist.com ran a similar story.

On Jan. 22 Forbes ran a piece written by Shashi Buluswar on efforts to alleviate poverty in developing countries, ultimately leading to a new 50 Breakthroughs study.  AfricanBrains.net also ran a story on the study.

A Jan. 21 Washingtonian magazine story noted a new exhibit at the Smithsonian which includes the audio restoration work led by Carl Haber and Earl Cornell.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Jan. 11, 2015


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 Jan. 15 CleanTechnica story highlighted a new report on how the installation of photovoltaics increases home values, a study led by Ben Hoen. Similar stories on the value of PV ran in UtilityDive, FastCoexist, PV Magazine and Roll Call, among others.

A Jan. 15 San Jose Mercury News story highlighted results from a new report on fracking in California, with involvement by Jens Birkholzer and other members of the Lab’s Earth Sciences Division. The story quoted Preston Jordan. Stories also ran in the Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, Capitol Public Radio, AllGov.com and many other outlets.

On Jan. 14 LiveScience.com ran a roundtable discussion on the state of nanoscience, which included Lab Director Paul Alivisatos

A Jan. 14 Science Daily story looked at a new report highlighting 50 breakthroughs to help the developing world. The report was created by the Lab’s Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies led by Shashi Buluswar. Phys.Org, Innovation Toronto and several others also noted the report’s findings.

On Jan. 12 R&D magazine featured work on nanoribbons led by Mike Crommie and Felix Fischer. The NSF also highlighted the work.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Jan. 5, 2015


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 Jan. 9 Scientific American story on efforts to manipulate plants for better biofuels noted the efforts of Jenny Mortimer and Dominique Loque.

On Jan. 9 R&D magazine featured a story on the development of quantum dots by Paul Alivisatos.

A Jan. 8 Sky and Telescope story on new results from the Sloan sky survey and BOSS project quoted David Schlegel.

A Jan. 8 Clean Technica story highlighted 2014’s Top Ten Clean Energy Developments and included a Lab report showing a drop in solar electricity prices (#5 on the list).

A Jan. 6 Boston Globe story cited work by Rob Ritchie into bioinspired materials.

A Jan. 6 IEEE Spectrum story featured work by Xiang Zhang on a 2D piezoelectric semiconductor.

A Jan. 5 Bioscience Technology story featured work by Mark LaBarge on older women’s risks of breast cancer.

A recent KGO-TV ABC Bay Area story looked at the development of a malaria drug by Jay Keasling.