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Meet Your Postdoc: Mamun Miah

Mamun Miah

With dozens of postdocs in residence at the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), it can be challenging to stay up to date on the research they’re doing. Now the “Meet Your Postdoc” series sponsored by the Area’s Energy Geosciences Division is making it a little easier to stay in the know. The effort aims…

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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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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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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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Building the Next Generation of Scientists: EESA at STEM Career Awareness Day

Christina Patricola

As a middle school student in eastern Massachusetts, Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) research scientist Christina Patricola became fascinated with the snowstorms that frequently blanketed her hometown—and quickly recognized her passion for atmospheric science. But despite her early interest, Patricola says she doesn’t know if she would have continued on a scientific career path…

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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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