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9 posts from November 2010


A Win-Win Science Project: Treated Wastewater Helps Generate Geothermal Energy

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) strives to improve energy efficiency and productivity—and stimulate the development of clean, reliable, and cost-effective sources of renewable energy—through public-private partnerships. To that end, DOE is working with Calpine, the primary operator of The Geysers Geothermal Field (Sonoma and Lake Counties,...


The “Minimum Information about an Environmental Sequence” (MIENS) Specification

Source: TABL, Dan Hawkes Researchers with Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division and the Joint Genome Institute were part of a huge international collaboration – the Genomic Standards Consortium – that has developed new standards for describing phylogenetic “marker genes,” one of the most important tools for tracking and cataloguing the...


Lab’s Groundwater Management Program Yields Marked Improvements

Source: TABL At the fifth meeting of Berkeley Lab’s Community Advisory Group last week, hydrogeologist Preston Jordan made a presentation on the Lab’s groundwater management program. Using corrective measures—such as groundwater containment, enhanced bioremediation, in situ soil flushing, and source area management—significant areas of groundwater contaminated with VOCs (volatile organic...


ESD Town Hall Meeting

The ESD town hall meeting was held Friday, 12 November, 2010, from 1-2:30PM in the B50 Auditorium. The town hall touched on: •Safety •Operations •Offsite Recap •Program Updates •Awards and Recognition Download the slides (pptx - 35MB) »


Banfield Wins Franklin Medal, L'Oréal Award

Source: TABL, UC Berkeley News Berkeley Lab/Earth Science Division researcher Jillian Banfield will receive two prestigious awards — the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science and the L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" award — for her groundbreaking work on how microbes alter rocks and interact with the natural...

A Life in Climate Science: From Identification of a "Discernible Human Influence" on Climate to Identification of the "Top Ten" Climate Models

Who: Ben Santer, Ph.D., Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory What: Download the flyer (pdf) Where: Building 50 Auditorium When: 10:30 am to 12 pm, November 19, 2010 Why: About the Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series Video Replay A Life in Climate Science: From Identification of...


LUCI—A New Underground Laboratory for Studying CO2 Sequestration

Catherine A. Peters, Princeton University Geologic carbon sequestration, one of the ways being studied to reduce human-created emissions of CO2 (and thereby mitigate climate change), has up to now relied on simulations and theoretical constructs rather than well-constrained field observations to confirm that large scale deployment (involving sequestration of billions...


Algae for Biofuels: Moving from Promise to Reality, but How Fast?

Source: ScienceDaily A new report from the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) in Berkeley projects that development of cost-competitive algae biofuel production will require much more long-term research, development and demonstration. In the meantime, several non-fuel applications of algae could serve to advance the nascent industry. Read full article from ScienceDaily...


Marcelo Lippmann Receives Joseph W. Aidlin Award

During the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Geothermal Resources Council (October 24-27, 2010, Sacramento, CA), Marcelo Lippmann, a retired Geological Staff Scientist of the Earth Sciences Division, received the Joseph W. Aidlin Award, the highest award bestowed by the Council, for his outstanding contributions to the organization and to the...