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Michael Wehner Joins Congressional Briefing on Extreme Weather in a Warming World

September 27, 2010

Michael Wehner, a member of the Scientific Computing Group in Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division, who researches extreme weather conditions resulting from global climate change, was one of four panelists providing input during a Congressional briefing on “Extreme Weather in a Warming World.” The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, chaired by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) held the briefing on Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The most prominent speaker was Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, who discussed the historic floods that have displaced millions of his countrymen. Read More »


Two Berkeley Lab Mathematicians Awarded Prestigious Math Prizes

September 20, 2010

Two mathematicians from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have won prestigious prizes from the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) for groundbreaking work in applied math, with impacts ranging from fluid mechanics and aerodynamics to medical imaging and semiconductor manufacturing. Read More »


Berkeley and Princeton Scientists Watch Stars Explode in 3D

September 18, 2010

For scientists, supernovae are true superstars—massive explosions of huge, dying stars that shine light on the shape and fate of the universe. Recorded observations of supernovae stretch back thousands of years, but only in the past 50 years have researchers been able to attempt to understand what's really happening inside a supernova via computer modeling. Read More »

Kathy Yelick Named Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences

September 15, 2010

Kathy Yelick has been named Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences. Yelick has been the director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) since 2008, a position she will continue to hold. Read More »


Computer Scientist Horst Simon Named Deputy Director for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

September 13, 2010

BERKELEY, CA—Horst Simon, an internationally recognized expert in computer science and applied mathematics, has been named Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Read More »


Listening to Earth Breathe Through 500 Towers

August 18, 2010

It takes a global village to monitor and analyze trends in Earth’s “breathing”—or the exchange of carbon dioxide, water vapor and energy between vegetation on the ground and the planet’s atmosphere. Read More »


Dancing in the Dark: Berkeley Lab Scientists Shed New Light on Protein-Salt Interactions

August 11, 2010

To study nanostructures in real environments, Berkeley Lab scientists have combined theoretical and experimental approaches to glimpse into a protein’s interaction with simple salts in water. Enabled by x-ray absorption simulation software developed at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry, these findings shed new light on how salts impact protein structure at the atomic level. Read More »


Taking the 'Large' out of Large Hadron Collider

August 9, 2010

Particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN are the big rock stars of high-energy physics—really big. The LHC cost nearly USD$10 billion to build and its largest particle racetrack (27 km in circumference) stretches across a national border. Read More »

NERSC's Jonathan Carter Named New Deputy for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

August 5, 2010

Jonathan Carter, who has led NERSC's User Services Group since 2005, has been named as the new Computing Sciences Deputy, succeeding Michael Banda who joined the Advanced Llight Source earlier this year. Carter was one of the first new employees hired when NERSC moved to Berkeley Lab in 1996. Read More »


California Is the Primary U.S. Stop for LHC's ALICE Data

July 30, 2010

For approximately one month a year, the nuclei of lead atoms traveling near the speed of light will collide in the Large Hadron Collider's (LHC) ALICE experiment, generating a fireball about 100,000 times hotter than the core of our Sun. At these temperatures protons and neutrons dissolve into a "particle soup" of quarks and gluons, known as the quark-gluon plasma—a state of matter that first occurred in nature at the birth of our Universe almost 14 billion years ago, a few millionths of a second after the Big Bang. Read More »