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East Bay Green Corridor Attracts Funding, Advances Solar Initiative

A decision to work toward a uniform solar permitting process was one of several initiatives approved this week by principal partners of the East Bay Green Corridor, a regional partnership for green technology innovation and job training. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, one of the founding members of the Green Corridor, will contribute to the solar initiative by providing technical and scientific assistance on photovoltaic technologies, said Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, who participated in a meeting of Green Corridor principals in Berkeley last Tuesday.

Berkeley Lab Looks to Expand to a Second Site

Increased funding for science programs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in recent years has meant more jobs and more research projects. But it has also meant less space. With office and laboratory space becoming increasingly tight and some 20 percent of its staff and facilities already off-site in leased facilities, Berkeley Lab has decided to look off-site for a long-term solution to its space crunch.

Hunting the Neutrino-less Double Decay: Students May Not Win the Nobel, But It’s an Internship to Remember

Under the mentorship of Berkeley Lab nuclear scientist Azriel Goldschmidt, Abdel Bachri and his physics students at Southern Arkansas University are helping in the hunt for the neutrino-less double decay, one of the rarest decays in nature. Many top scientific teams around the world are on the hunt to confirm this phenomenon, which would demonstrate that physicists’ standard model of particles is incomplete and will very likely bring a Nobel Prize to the winning team. They are participants in the Faculty and Student Teams (FaST) program, one of more than a dozen educational and internship programs offered by Berkeley Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education.

Berkeley Lab’s Community Advisory Group Fosters Open Discussion

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Director Paul Alivisatos has placed a renewed emphasis on the Lab being a good neighbor in the Berkeley community. As part of this effort, the Lab formed a Community Advisory Group (CAG) earlier this year to provide input on the Lab’s physical planning and development, focusing primarily on community health, safety and the environment.

iCLEM program provides Bay Area students with hands-on science experience and a salary

iCLEM, which stands for Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology, is a program that provides paid internships to underserved Bay Area high school students, giving them a chance to participate in actual scientific research while gaining experience in numerous college preparation activities and earning money.

Last thoughts on Euroscience 2010

In his last dispatch from Torino, Italy, Public Affairs head Jeff Miller offers final thoughts on highlights from the euroscience experience, and some of his favorite moments.

How do you feel about science?

Reporting from Torino, Italy, Public Affairs head Jeff Miller explores public attitudes about science, including the similarities and differences among cultures across Europe.

The allure of public science

Public Affairs Head Jeff Miller reports from Torino, Italy on the importance of putting science where the people are.

The (green) Spirit of Ireland

Berkeley Lab Public Affairs Head Jeff Miller reports from the Euroscience Open Forum, exploring the issues behind a wind-energy-to-hydro-energy project proposed for the comparatively unpopulated western coast of Europe’s westernmost country.

Berkeley Lab Geologist Studies the Ground Beneath His Feet

Preston Jordan is Berkeley Lab’s resident expert on the site’s geology—and a highly sought-after one, given the nagging concerns in the area over earthquakes and landslides. “Slope stability is a concern at the Lab, though it’s a concern just as it is anywhere in the Berkeley Hills,” he says. “It’s not a unique concern.”