New Risk Management System for Natural Gas Storage Receives $3 Million CEC Grant

Yingqi Zhang

As one of the largest methane leaks in U.S history, the incident at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Southern California revealed the risks of aging infrastructure. It also called attention to the need for a more comprehensive approach towards risk management. Now Berkeley Lab is at the forefront of developing new tools…

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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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Robin Lopez receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Robin Lopez in the Lab at LBNL. Cr. Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab

Guest blog by Robin Lopez Robin Lopez has just been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), which is highly competitive. Well-deserved, Robin—congratulations!  I did not expect to be selected. I was overjoyed just by the fact that I could apply, and that those who wrote letters of recommendations had faith in…

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James A. Davis receives Geochemical Fellow title

Jim Davis - Earth & Environmental Sciences Area - portrait. Cr. Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab

The Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry are jointly bestowing the honorary title of Geochemical Fellow to James A. Davis as an outstanding scientist who has over the years made major contributions to the field of geochemistry. With other outstanding geochemists, he’ll join the ceremony for this honor at the Goldschmidt 2017 Conference  to be held in Paris, France,…

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Jill Banfield named 2017 Goldschmidt Medalist

Jill Banfield portrait, credit Chris Brown

Jill Banfield, Faculty Scientist in Earth & Environmental Sciences at LBNL, and Professor at UC Berkeley, has been named 2017’s recipient of the V.M. Goldschmidt Award. This award recognizes major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry. Her work focuses on geomicrobiology—natural microbial communities in the terrestrial subsurface, sediments, water, biofilms and animals. She also studies nanoparticle formation and behavior…

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Robert J. Budnitz elected to National Academy of Engineering

Robert J. Budnitz portrait. Cr. Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab., XBD201408-01063-02.tiff

The National Academy of Engineering has elected EESA’s Bob Budnitz as a new member in recognition of his contributions to seismic probabilistic risk assessments and their application to nuclear power facilities. He joins Berkeley Lab researchers Gerbrand Ceder (MSD) and Katherine Yelick (CS) for this honor. Read more…

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LBNL Director’s Awards 2016

The Director’s Awards program recognizes significant achievements of Berkeley Lab employees. Each year, these awards are given for accomplishments, leadership, collaboration, multi-disciplinary science, cross-divisional projects, and commitment to excellence in support of the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. The 2016 recipients of the Director’s Achievement Awards were recognized this month. To see a complete list…

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Susan Hubbard is 2016 Harold Mooney Award Recipient

Susan Hubbard - Associate Lab Director Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. Photo cr. Roy Kaltschmidt. Copyright 2015 Berkeley Lab.

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) has awarded Susan Hubbard its 2016 Harold B. Mooney Award. The Mooney award is given annually to an individual in recognition of scientific and technical excellence and innovation leading to the advancement of near-surface geophysics, and in recognition of long-term, tireless, and enthusiastic support of the near-surface geophysics community through…

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