Monday, November 28, 2011

Berkeley Lab In the News for Nov. 18-28, 2011

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 some time.

A Nov. 28 Huffington Post story on California’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions featured research by the Lab’s Margaret Torn. Her work was also covered in a front-page Contra Costa Times story, KQED-FM and KCBS-AM radio, ClimateWire, the International Business Times, Woodland Daily Democrat, and several other websites and publications.

A Nov. 23 HealthCanal story highlighted obesity research by the Lab’s Paul Williams. The Times of India and several other publications also covered his work.

A Nov. 23 KQED radio story noted the impending start of construction for the Lab’s CRT building and included an interview with the Lab’s Horst Simon. The Daily Cal also covered the story.

A Nov. 23 BioFuelsDigest story about that publication’s photo contest noted that Lab photographer Roy Kaltschmidt received a first place award for a photograph taken at JBEI.

A Nov. 22 announcement that the Lab’s selection of a preferred second campus site has been delayed until early 2012 received a fair amount of news coverage including in the San Francisco Chronicle, Richmond Confidential, Contra Costa Times, Daily Cal, and San Francisco Business Journal, among others.

A Nov. 22 AOL Energy story on renewable energy projects quoted the Lab’s Ryan Wiser.

A Nov. 20 Associated Press story on fuel cells quoted the Lab’s Adam Weber.

A Nov. 18 UPI news story featured new research on the use of switch grass as a biofuel led by the Lab’s Blake Simmons.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Berkeley Lab In the News, Nov. 13-18, 2011

A Nov. 18 TG Daily story featured work on the creation of a genome-scale network of rice genes.

A Nov. 17 Johns Hopkins News-Letter story looked at research into melting permafrost by the Lab’s Janet Jansson.

A Nov. 17 Wired magazine story on the shrinking size of supercomputers quoted the Lab’s Erich Strohmaier.

A Nov. 17 Government Computer News story featured the launch of a 100Gbps network led by ESNet and quoted the Lab’s Steve Cotter.

A Nov. 16 Court House News story noted that a lawsuit against the Lab’s proposed CRT building has been dismissed by a trial court judge.

A Nov. 15 Wired magazine story covered the annual list of the world’s fastest computers; a list compiled in part by the Lab’s Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon. Information Week, Tech Radar, HPC Wire, and ZDNet were some of the other news outlets covering the report.

A Nov. 14 Semiconductor Today story featured research on solar cells by the Lab’s Eli Yablonovitch.

The Nov. 14 episode of NPR’s Fresh Air included an extensive interview with the Lab’s most recent Nobel Prize winner, Saul Perlmutter.

A Nov. 14 KQED radio story featured work on smart windows by the Lab’s Delia Milliron, Howdy Goudey and Steve Selkowitz.

A Nov. 13 episode of KQED radio's “California Report” included a story on the Lab’s recent Open House and an interview with the Lab’s David Knowles, among others.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Runners Can Relax About Holiday Feasting: Study

Good news for high-mileage runners: They may be able to help themselves to an extra serving at holiday meals because variations in diet are less likely to affect them, researcher say.

The new study included nearly 107,000 runners who were grouped according to the distance they run each day: less than 1.2 miles (under 2 kilometers [km]); 1.2 to 2.4 miles (2 to 4 km); 2.4 to 3.7 miles (4 to 6 km); 3.7 to nearly 5 miles (6 to 8 km); and about 5 miles (8 km) or more.

The researchers found that body mass index and waist circumference increased significantly among the least active runners when they ate more meat and less fruit. But the effects of this diet change were reduced by 50 percent or more in the most active runners. The effects in runners who covered more than 1.2 miles a day were also reduced, but not to the same extent as the highest-mileage runners.

The study is published in the November issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

"Generally, body mass index and waist circumference increase as a person eats more meat and less fruit," study author Paul Williams, a researcher at the U.S. government's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said in news release from the American College of Sports Medicine. More>

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Congressman Believes Federal Labs Key to Job Creation

Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) and related agencies subcommittee, commends the Administration on its new efforts to speed up the commercial application of federally funded research. The plan supports two Fattah initiatives that improve the way federally funded research is transferred to the private sector. Fattah has a longtime commitment to improving the transfer of research from Federal laboratories. He met this week with Dr. Paul Alivisatos; Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, which is a cornerstone of the nation's science and technology infrastructure. Additionally, over the last six months Fattah has visited four of the nation's leading laboratories. More>