EESA Celebrates 40 Years of Innovative Research

Today we celebrate 40 years of innovative research. On July 17, 1977, Berkeley Lab formed the Earth Sciences Division (ESD) in response to the U.S. energy crisis. Now—as the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area (EESA)—it has evolved into a research group studying a broad range of the most pressing environmental and subsurface energy challenges. To commemorate the occasion, EESA has created a a collection of materials that tells the Area’s story: a timeline, a video, and an alumni and friends network page.

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Fifth Worldwide Review on Nuclear Waste Disposal Programs

Book Cover: Fifth WorldWide Review

The Energy Geosciences Division of Berkeley Lab has just released the Fifth Worldwide Review on International Approaches for Nuclear Waste Disposal in Geological Formations: Geological Challenges in Radioactive Waste Isolation. This book summarizes state-of-the-art radioactive waste disposal approaches in geological formations, with contributions from authors representing 23 countries. Since the Fourth Worldwide Review in 2006, advances in technologies, disposal…

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New Geophysics Department Head: Jonathan Ajo-Franklin

Susan Hubbard, ALD for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), has announced that Jonathan Ajo-Franklin will assume the role of the Department Head for Geophysics, effective June 15, 2017. Jonathan’s research focuses on using geophysical techniques to understand dynamic alterations in subsurface properties of relevance to the environmental and energy sectors. He received his PhD…

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EESA Faculty Scientist Mary Firestone Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Mary Firestone

Mary Firestone Mary Firestone, a professor of soil microbiology at UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, has been elected to The National Academy of Sciences. Election to the National Academy is considered to be a high honor, as nominations are reserved for scientists who demonstrate distinguished and continuing achievements in their fields. As a…

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Peter Fiske Joins Berkeley Lab as Water-Energy Resilience Institute Director

Peter Fiske

Berkeley Lab has chosen Peter Fiske, who holds a doctorate in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University, to lead the Water-Energy Resilience Institute as its first director. The Institute is a Lab-wide initiative aimed at increasing resilience in a future world that will face both water and energy constraints, and is linked to the…

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Jens Birkholzer appointed as CCST Senior Fellow

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has appointed Jens Birkholzer, Energy Geosciences Division Director, Berkeley Lab, to serve as senior fellow. He and six others join the CCST Senior Fellows to use their extensive experience and deep knowledge to provide politically neutral, expert scientific and technical advice and analyses to California state policy…

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