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8 posts from October 2010


Hoi-Ying Holman Joins Prestigious Council

ESD’s Hoi-Ying Holman been invited to become a member of the Exemplar-Zero (E-Z) Initiative core advisory council. Formed by the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization and Humanitad, the E-Z initiative’s main purpose is to promote United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG), These goals are as follows: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger...


Soil Water: A Microbes Perspective

Who: Mary Firestone, Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley What: Download the flyer (pdf) Where: Building 50 Auditorium When: 10:30 am to 12 pm, October 29, 2010 Why: About the Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series Video Replay Abstract: In arid and semiarid ecosystems, water availability is a primary driver of ecosystem processes. Water impacts...


George J. Moridis Receives Distinguished Membership from Society of Petroleum Engineers

Richardson, TX (30 September 2010) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently honored George J. Moridis with the Distinguished Membership at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held 20-22 September in Florence, Italy. Moridis is a Deputy Program Lead for Energy Resources at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Established in 1983,...


ESD Highlighted in Computational Research

By: Linda Vu Environmental researchers rely on computers to expose the fundamental workings of our planet and atmosphere, to bring complicated questions to light and find solutions. By developing computational tools to effectively monitor Earth's evolution, model climate and new technologies, scientists in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Computational Research,...


H-Y Holman wins Shirley Award

ESD’s Hoi-Ying Holman has won the 2010 David A. Shirley Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement at the ALS, for her work in “pioneering the study of living cells and their response to environmental stimuli using synchrotron-based FTIR [Fourier Transform infrared] spectromocroscopy.” The award was announced early in October 2010 by...


In Memoriam: Harold Wollenberg

Harold (Skip) Wollenberg, a geologist instrumental in the formation of the Earth Sciences Division (ESD), passed away on August 11 at Sutter Medical Center in Santa Rosa after a month of serious illness; he was 77. His work included geothermal exploration and characterization of non-volcanic sites. The approaches that Harold...

Growing Trees And Grasses Against Global Warming?

In suggesting the development of genetically engineered plants to sequester carbon, ESD biochemist Christer Jansson, along with collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has pointed to another potential pathway for combating climate change. Jansson et al. note that plants, as well as algae and cyanobacteria, contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG)...


2010 LBNL Open House

The LBNL Open House was held on Saturday, October 2nd. Volunteers and employees of the Earth Sciences Division came together, with the rest of the Lab, to host friends and families from local communities and schools. Groups and individuals came by our exhibits to read, listen, learn, and do! Showcasing...