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13 posts from May 2011

05/31/2011

Workshop on CO2 Geologic Sequestration and Water Resources

Where: Bldg. 66 Auditorium When: 8:30 am -1:30 pm on Jun 1 and 1:00-3:00 pm on Jun 2 Day 1 Video Replay: http://hosting2.epresence.tv/LBL/1/watch/147.aspx Day 2 Video Replay: http://hosting2.epresence.tv/LBL/1/watch/148.aspx About ESD is hosting a "Workshop on CO2 Geologic Sequestration and Water Resources" jointly with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

05/24/2011

Next-Generation Carbon Flux Explorers Head for the Open Sea

Source: LBNL TABL Members of the Ocean Biogeochemical Processes Group in the Earth Sciences Division, including Chief Scientist Jim Bishop, Todd Wood, and Alex Morales, plus guest students Gabrielle Weiss, Ralph Till, and Nolan Wong, set sail from San Diego last Saturday aboard the R/V New Horizon to deploy a...

05/17/2011

Sulfate-Reducing Microorganisms and How They Cope with Environmental Stress

Sources: Jizhong Zhou, Terry C. Hazen, Dan Hawkes The ability of microorganisms to sense and respond rapidly to adverse changes in the environment is crucial to their survival. While studies of various key model microorganisms (including the bacteria Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae) have given researchers insights into...

05/10/2011

Advanced Biofuel Development: Looking for Lignin Degraders

Source: Lynn Yarris, Dan Hawkes Sometimes referred to as “grassoline,” plant-based biodiesel fuel not only releases comparable amounts of energy to conventional diesel fuel, but can also be used in today’s combustion engines and distributed through today’s gasoline infrastructure. The big and crucial difference is that the combustion of advanced...

05/06/2011

In Memoriam - T.N. Narasimhan 1935-2011

Source: Kryshna Avina T.N. Narasimhan, passed away on Friday morning 29 April 2011 at Stanford University Hospital. He battled lymphoma bravely and nobly for nearly ten months keeping his usual positive, upbeat spirit through a series of treatments, surgeries, and recoveries of increasing rigor. T. N. Narasimhan obtained a B.Sc....

05/05/2011

It Takes a Community of Soil Microbes to Protect Plants From Disease

Source: LBNL News Center “Individual organisms have been associated with disease-suppressive soil before, but we demonstrated that many organisms in combination are associated with this phenomenon,” says Gary Andersen of Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division. He conducted the research with fellow Berkeley Lab scientists Todd DeSantis and Yvette Piceno as...

Berkeley Lab’s Proliferation Prevention Program Calls for Collaboration

Source: LBNL TABL Glen Dahlbacka, left, was the first manager of Berkeley Lab’s Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention, succeeded by Tamas Torok, right. The two worked together on a number of initiatives, including a collecting trip to the geothermal riches of the Kamchatka Peninsula. When the Soviet Union was dissolving, the...

05/04/2011

ESD Communications Digest - April 2011

Publications Update April 2011 Updated 2010 Publications List See all publications » Additions? Questions? Let us know! Research Highlights Watching Iron Geochemistry at the Nanosecond Timescale See all Research Highlights » Newly hired to ESD! Please welcome Hunter Scott Philson, a Student Assistant in the Geophysics Department. Vivi's Safety Corner...

As Climate Changes, Methane Trapped Under Arctic Ocean Could Bubble to the Surface

Source: LBNL News Center “Our simulation found that large methane releases erode the ocean’s ability to consume methane. At this scale, resource limitations come into play,” says Matthew Reagan of Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division. Reagan is a co-author of an article on this research that was published in a...

DSSS: Quantifying Surface Water-Groundwater Exchange

Who: Peter Cook, Ph.D., Finders University, Adelaide, South Australia What: Download the file (pdf) Where: Bldg. 50 Auditorium When: 10:30 am to 12:00 am, May 27, 2011 Why: About the Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series Video Replay: More Information: Dr Peter Cook holds positions as Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO...