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12 posts from February 2014


ARPA-E Video Cites Christer Jansson

Earlier this week, DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) hosted a summit and technology showcase in National Harbor, Maryland, in which they debuted four project videos. One of them, on biofuels, prominently mentions ESD’s Christer Jansson and his innovative work.


Chambers in a New Tropical Rainforest Study

Jeff Chambers is part of an international scientific team (from U.S.A., Brazil, and Germany) working on Green Ocean Amazon (GOAmazon), to study the intricacies of the natural state of the Amazon rainforest atmosphere and land systems.

R&D Funding Opportunity and EGS Field Observatory

The Energy Department today announced two opportunities that will advance Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) in the U.S.: a $10 million funding opportunity announcement for research and development, and a notice of intent to issue a funding opportunity for an EGS field lab called the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE).

FOA for the Bioenergy Technologies Incubator

FOA: DE-FOA-0000974 Bioenergy Technologies Incubator. FOA document download here. Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 03/31/2014, Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 05/23/2014


ESD Hosts Complex Soil Systems Conference

ESD is pleased to host our first “Complex Soil Systems Conference,” taking place in the fall of 2014 (September 3-5).


Video: Collins Talks Climate with NERSC Users

At the annual NERSC User Group meeting, Bill Collins spoke on “Modeling the Changing Earth System: Prospects and Challenges,”--attracting one of the largest audiences at the event.


Low Temperature Geothermal Mineral Recovery Program-Proposal Call

New FOA: EERE - DE-FOA-0001016 Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 03/06/2014 5:00PM EST Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 05/02/2014 5:00PM EST

Christensen and Kneafsey Win Photo Recognition

Source: LBNL TABL ESD’s Tim Kneafsey was recently honored as a winner of the LBNL Photo Club’s monthly “theme” contest. For January 2014, the theme was “Black and White (Contrast).” To see Tim’s image, as well as the other award winners, go to:

Key Photosynthesis Process Developed Before Oxygen

ESD’s Bob Buchanan was part of a team of researchers who recently discovered that a regulatory process activating photosynthesis in plants developed in ancient microbes long before oxygen was available on Earth.


DSSS: Critical Zone Evolution by Jerks: Impacts of Carbon and Water Through-flux

ESD welcomes Dr. Jon Chorover (University of Arizona), presenting "DSSS: Critical Zone Evolution by Jerks: Impacts of Carbon and Water Through-flux" February 21 at 10:30am in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.