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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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Negrón-Juárez et al. and Their Pioneering Study on Amazon Windthrows

Photos cr. Ms.Raquel Araujo, using a drone. This windthow (2.88S, 60.28W) occurred in 2015 close to the city of Taruma in Central Amazonia.

Robinson Negrón-Juárez and his co-authors have now published the first study on windthrow variability, focusing on Central Amazonia. Windthrows destroy large swaths of trees, play a significant role in forest structures and dynamics, and affect carbon storage. In this study the co-authors present the seasonal and interannual variability of windthrows, and discuss the potential meteorological factors…

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Study: Soils Could Release Much More Carbon Than Expected as Climate Warms

Scientists working in Blodgett Forest

Soils could release much more CO2 than expected into the atmosphere as the climate warms, according to new research by scientists in EESA's Climate and Ecosystems Sciences Division—Caitlin Hicks Pries, Christina Castanha, Rachel Porras, and Margaret Torn.

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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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Pacific Rim Forum 2017: Earthquake Resilience of Nuclear Facilities

2017 Pacific Rim Forum

Berkeley Lab teamed with UC Berkeley’s Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center to organize the second international Pacific Rim Forum on the Earthquake Resilience of Nuclear Facilities. Held at UC Berkeley’s International House on January 23–24, this Forum brought together eighty-five leading experts from around the Pacific Rim to share a broad spectrum of perspectives and…

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New Projects to Make Geothermal Energy More Economically Attractive

The California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program has awarded Berkeley Lab a total of $2.7 million for two projects that will be led by Energy Geosciences Division scientists, Kurt Nihei and Jonny Rutqvist make geothermal energy more economically attractive.

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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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New Hydrocarbon Resources Program Lead: Tim Kneafsey

On February 1, 2017, Tim Kneafsey will assume the position of Program Lead for the Hydrocarbon Resources Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Tim will be responsible for strategic development, identification, dissemination, and coordination of funding opportunities related to hydrocarbon resources (DOE and work-for-others opportunities), and for serving as point of contact and spokesperson for this…

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