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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.”

Changing the conversation on climate change

This is the first of a series of dispatches from the Euroscience Open Forum. Public Affairs Head Jeff Miller reports on the challenges of engaging the public in the climate change debate.

How a Summer Internship—or a Weekend Lecture—Can Change a Life

Emily Chen still vividly remembers the lecture on gecko feet. She was an eighth grader attending Berkeley Lab’s Nano*High program to hear materials scientist Arun Majumdar explain how what he was learning about gecko feet might translate into a new adhesive product based on carbon nanotubes. Many students come away from a Berkeley Lab summer internship—or just a weekend lecture—infected by the scientists’ passion for their work and with a sharper focus on their own academic and career path.

Scientists Benefit as Much as Students from “Cleantech to Market” Program

Launched as a pilot project at Berkeley Lab, the Cleantech to Market program is finishing its first semester as an official class at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and it’s safe to say the students learned more than they expected on how to take a technology from the laboratory to the marketplace. What was less expected is how much the scientists got out of the program.

The “Other Oppenheimer" and the World He Made Up

Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens, K.C. Cole’s newly published biography of the “uncle of the atom bomb,” as Frank Oppenheimer called himself, recounts the touching and sometimes tortuous relationship between Frank, Ernest Lawrence, and other physicists as they struggled to find a way to survive a nuclear age. Oppenheimer’s solution was to found an extraordinary science museum, the Exploratorium.

Berkeley Lab Partners with Local High Schools in “Green Academy”

Berkeley Lab is partnering with Oakland Technical High School and El Cerrito High School in their Green Academies. Beginning this fall, students and their teachers will be able to take lab tours, hear talks by Berkeley Lab scientists and eventually, some will have eight-week summer internships.

Bechtel Gift Assists Berkeley Lab Education Outreach

Contact: Rollie Otto, Head, CSEE [email protected], 510-486-5325 BERKELEY, CA –The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will be enhancing its science education outreach in the Bay Area, thanks to a $100,000 gift from Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr, former chairman of the Board of Directors of The Bechtel Group engineering and project

Berkeley Lab Welcomes DOE’s Science Education Initiative

Contact: Rollie Otto, (510) 486-5325 BERKELEY, CA – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with its wide range of educational programs designed to reach students of all ages, welcomed U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham’s July 8 announcement that the Department of Energy and its national laboratories are launching an initiative to promote science literacy and help