Friday, May 29, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of May 24, 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 May 30 edition of The Economist includes a story on better batteries and quotes Vince Battaglia.

A May 29 Salon story on talking about climate change cited a comment by Michael Wehner.

A May 29 Scientific American story on the opening of a new Genentech facility noted that much of the research into its energy efficiency was done at Berkeley Lab’s FLEXLAB.

A May 28 Wired story on the impact of video streaming on energy efficiency quoted Arman Shehabi and cited his recent research. The interview was facilitated by Public Affairs.

A May 28 R&D.com feature looked at work led by David Romps and Rusen Oktem showing a new way to understand cloud behavior. UC Research and Supercomputing Online also covered their work, which stemmed from a news story originally written by Lab Public Affairs.

A May 28 Reddit “Ask Me Anything” discussion on the Large Hadron Collider included the Lab’s Beate Heinemann.

A May 28 Washington Post story on how PV can improve the value of homes cited a research report led by Ben Hoen.

The opening of the Lab’s Solar Energy Research Center, now Chu Hall, was widely covered at a press event May 26. Attending the event were the San Jose Mercury News, KGO-TV ABC, KTVU-TV Fox, KCBS-AM, KGO-AM, Daily Cal, KTSF-TV, Sing Tao Daily, and World Journal. Other coverage appeared on KQED-FM, KPIX-TV CBS, KNTV-TV NBC, Patch and many others. The press event was orchestrated by the Lab’s Public Affairs office.
Sing Tao Daily: http://bit.ly/1JVw1kd
World Journal: http://bit.ly/1HLWfpV

A May 27 Fermilab Today story on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument noted the lab’s leadership in the project and quoted Michael Levi.

A May 26 CIO.com story on the restart of the Large Hadron Collider noted the role of ESnet. ESnet also appeared in a May 27 GCN.com story on its role in helping with big data.

A recent AtlasObscura story on efforts to build better supercomputers quoted Horst Simon.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of May 17, 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 May 22 San Francisco Chronicle story on the opening of a new Genentech facility noted Berkeley Lab’s role in its energy efficiency. A similar story in the San Francisco Business Journal quoted Mary Ann Piette.

A May 22 India West story reported that Anubhav Jain won a DOE Early Career Award.

A May 20 Astronomy story highlighted the observation of a supernova based on work by, and quoting, Daniel Kasen. Similar stories ran in TechTimes, Yahoo News, and Space.com, among others. These stories came as a result of a news story written by the Lab’s Computing Science’s communications office.

A May 18 KQED story and video on women in science quoted Aindrila Mukhopadhyay.

A May 18 Radio Free Asia on statistical challenges in estimating China’s GDP quoted David Fridley.

A May story on the California Energy Commission website looked at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.

A May episode of Science Today looked at work by Sam Saxena showing that batteries of electric vehicles may last longer than previously thought. The story resulted from a news story recently written by the Lab’s Public Affairs department.

A May R&D.com feature, from a Lab news release, looked at work by Junqiao Wu showing how defects can help make a material stronger. Reddit, NanoWerk and Ukrainian News were just some of the other outlets covering his work.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of May 10, 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. If you have a news item that you’d like to share, please let me know at jrweiner@lbl.gov.  For archived news items visit: http://berkeleylabreport.blogspot.com/

The June issue of Discover Magazine includes a profile of the microbial work led by Susannah Tringe. (Subscription required for full story)

A May 15 New York Times story noted the audio restoration work led by Carl Haber. His work, with colleague Earl Cornell, was also noted in a May 11 Huffington Post story on the recovering of sound from Thomas Edison dolls.

A May 15 San Francisco Business Journal story on water conservation efforts and drought technology quoted Ramamoorthy Ramesh and Susan Hubbard. (subscription required for full story)

A May 13 R&D.com featured work supported by ENIGMA which looks at how microbes can be used to detect environmental contamination.

A May 13 India West story highlighted work by Sam Saxena showing how EV batteries can last longer.

A May 12 New York Times story on climate modeling quoted John Shalf.

A May 12 R&D.com feature looked at work led Naomi Ginsberg using electron microscopy on soft materials.

A May 11 Los Angeles Times story on large scientific projects noted the history behind Ernest Lawrence and Berkeley Lab.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of May 3, 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.

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A May 8 EE Times story highlighted research led by Feng Wang and the development of Valleytronics.





A May 8 Triple Pundit story looked at a new report on energy efficiency costs, a report led by Chuck Goldman and Ian Hoffman. The report was also the subject of a Midwest Energy News story on hearings into Ohio’s energy standards.





A May 7 Gizmodo story included a video of Javier Ceja-Navarro and work he is doing on gut bacteria in bugs. The video is from a recent Science At The Theater presentation.




A May 7 UtilityDive story on ways to boost the value of renewable energy quoted Andrew Mills from a new report.




A May 6 UPI News story featured work led by Musahid Ahmed on how cosmic hotspots may have enabled the origins of life. Business Standard, ANI News, Russia Today and others also covered the work.







A May 5 New York Times story cited efforts by Carl Haber and Earl Cornell to bring the sounds of a talking doll, made by Thomas Edison, to life. The work was widely covered, including by Smithsonian Magazine, Cnet.com, PBS News Hour, Washington Post, Quartz, and more.









A May 5 Yahoo News story on the new Tesla home battery quoted Stephen Harris.




A May 5 Symmetry story on the Large Hadron Collider’s latest efforts quoted Beate Heinemann.




A May 4 Christian Science Monitor story on slowing electricity consumption in China quoted David Fridley.




A May 4 Physics Central story highlighted work by Rob Ritchie showing the toughness of skin.




A May 4 ClimateWire story on the growing energy demands of home entertainment devices cited research by Bruce Nordman.



An April 28 STEM Career Awareness Day brought students to the Lab’s Potter Street facility, giving them a chance to see what Life Science researchers work on. KCBS-AM and KPIX-TV Channel 5 covered their visit.




Friday, May 1, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of April 26, 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.
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A May 1 Daily Cal story noted a new agreement between the lab and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to work on energy saving technologies. The story quoted Cindy Regnier. The Singapore Straits Times ran a similar story.

On April 30 KQED radio’s California Report ran a story on Gov. Brown’s latest efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and included an interview with Jeff Greenblatt.

The lab’s research efforts in ways to reduce emissions were cited in an April 30 New York Times story, as well as in the Wall Street Journal and International Business Times.

An April 30 Symmetry magazine story on the Dark Energy Camera quoted David Schlegel.

Also on April 30, PhysOrg.com featured a Q&A with Schlegel and Michael Levi, who talked about the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument project the lab will lead.

An April 29 San Jose Mercury News story highlighted the renewal of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis and quoted Lab Director Paul Alivisatos. The San Francisco Business journal, Associated Press, KCBS-AM, and many other outlets also covered the announcement.

An April 29 eCampusNews story noted how a new transatlantic network will benefit higher education and quoted Greg Bell.

An April 28 Scientific American story on developing countries’ high amount of heat trapping gases quoted Nihar Shah.

On April 27 Yahoo News ran a Q&A with Eoin Brodie, who shared his thoughts on Earth’s smallest ecosystems.

An April 27 GreenBiz.com story on how technology will shape the future cited the lab’s efforts in working with industry, including the new Cyclotron Road project, quoting that program’s leader, Ilan Gur.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of April 19, 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.

An April 23 Forbes story on a supervoid in the cosmos quoted Greg Aldering.

An April 23 Symmetry magazine story on the CUORE experiment quoted Yury Kolomensky.

An April 22 insideHPC story noted NERSC’s agreement with Cray to install computers into the new CRT facility. HPC Wire also covered the announcement.

An April 21 JAMA story covered LIGTT’s 50 Breakthroughs report for the developing world.

An April 20 Huffington Post story featured a significant advance in artificial photosynthesis, work led by Peidong Yang. His work was extensively covered, including by Economic Times, China’s Xinhua News Agency, the ANI News Agency, Gizmodo and others.

An April 20 story in The Street featured research led by Sam Saxena showing electric vehicle batteries may last longer than previously thought.

The most recent issue of National Geographic magazine quoted Michael Wehner on extreme weather.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150411-pictures-weather-storm-climate-change-hurricane-tornado-lightning/

HPCWire recently featured a talk by Katie Antypas on the future of supercomputers for scientific research.
http://www.hpcwire.com/2015/04/17/application-readiness-in-full-swing-at-doe-labs-cori/



Monday, April 20, 2015

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of April 12, 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.
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An April 17 Nature World News story featured a significant advance in artificial photosynthesis, work led by Peidong Yang. His work was extensively covered, including by the Business Standard, International Business Times, Sci-News, TechTimes and many others.

An April 17 Yahoo News story on the finding of a radioactive sunken aircraft carrier off the California coast quoted Kai Vetter. The San Francisco Chronicle ran a similar story.

An April 16 TIME magazine story on a list of their 100 Most Influential people included Jennifer Doudna in the Pioneers category for her work on a gene editing technique.

An April 16 San Francisco Chronicle story on finding alien life quoted Joint Genome Institute’s Eddy Rubin.

An April 16 R&D.com feature highlighted the development of an electrolyte genome led by Kristin Persson.

An April 15 ScienceBlog.com story highlighted work on a new way to test cool roofing performance, work led by Ronnen Levinson. R&D.com, Buildings.com, ScienceNewsline and others included reports of the work.

An April 13 IEEE Spectrum story featured research led by Sam Saxena showing electric vehicle batteries may last longer than previously thought. Car Connection and FierceEnergy.com also ran stories.

An April 13 Bloomberg story on the race to build a better battery quoted Venkat Srinivasan. He was also quoted in an April 10 Australian Business Review story on Google’s efforts to build a better battery.

An April 13 San Francisco Chronicle story noted Graham Fleming’s departure from a position on campus. The Daily Cal also reported the news.

An April 13 Daily Cal story noted the lab’s involvement in the restart of the Large Hadron Collider.

An April 11 TechieNews story looked at findings from the CUORE collaboration and quoted Yury Kolomensky. Space Daily ran a similar story.

The latest issue of Innovation magazine includes a Q&A with battery researcher Gao Liu.