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17 posts from October 2013


Capturing Extremes: The CASCADE SFA

The new CASCADE SFA, headed by ESD’s Bill Collins, will determine how human-induced global warming is altering climate extremes, and how further warming will alter “strange weather” in the future.


Making Sense of Sensitivity Analyses

ESD numerical modelers led by Haruko Wainwright recently compared local and global sensitivity analysis methods, showing how these methods provide consistent parameter-importance rankings and improved system understanding.

Turning Our Waste into Fertilizer

ESD’s Gary Andersen and others are developing ways in which human waste compost can be turned into nutrient-rich fertilizer. By extracting DNA from compost and analyzing it, scientists ensure the compost is pathogen-free, and save water.


Testing Insights into Microorganisms

ESD’s Mari Nyyssönen, Ulas Karaoz, and Eoin Brodie have developed high-throughput screening assays for function-based characterization of activities involved in plant-polymer decomposition from environmental metagenomic libraries.


Honoring Women @ the Lab!

ESD Director Susan Hubbard was among 15 women scientists honored at Berkeley Lab, as part of a celebration of women science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers researching ways to change the world for the better.

Calorie burner: How much better is standing up than sitting?

The LBNL ergonomics group advises to alternate from SITTING to STANDING every hour for 20-30 minute intervals or as needed.


DSSS: The Critical Link: Fracture Stiffness as Nexus

ESD welcomes Laura J. Pyrak-Nolte (Purdue University), presenting "DSSS: The Critical Link: Fracture Stiffness as Nexus" October 25 at 10:30am in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Jansson, Coates at Microbio Retreat

ESD’s Janet Jansson and John Coates will be featured speakers at UC Berkeley’s inaugural microbiology retreat on November 15. Lab researchers are invited to submit poster abstracts (300 words or less).


Bacteria Influence Carbon Cycling

ESD scientists led by Jillian Banfield and Laura Hug recently used metagenomics to evaluate the metabolic potential and diversity of Chloroflexi bacteria in aquifer sediments, and evaluate its role in sediment carbon cycling.


ESD Site Environmentally Stellar

The Earth Sciences Division was recently awarded “LEED Platinum” status for its newly redesigned headquarters in Bld. 74—the first such award for any Berkeley Lab or DOE building within the Science Laboratory Infrastructure program.