With a double major in bioengineering and chemical biology, and a minor in creative writing, UC Berkeley student Ritankar Das has been named the campus’s University Medalist, recognizing him as the top graduating senior. And he’s only 18. And he did it in only three years. He works with Lab materials scientist Frank Ogletree in the Molecular Foundry. Read More> Check our student opportunities>
Bert de Jong of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been named the new leader of the Scientific Computing Group in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD). De Jong will join Berkeley Lab on July 1. At PNNL, de Jong leads the High Performance Software Development Group responsible for NWChem at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility providing integrated experimental and computational resources for environmental molecular science research. Having been involved in bringing Bert to Berkeley Lab, I can personally say he is a very welcomed addition to the LBNL family! Read More> Check our CRD career opportunities, including the Scientific Computing Group>
Six of the world’s leading research and education networks – ESnet, Internet2, NORDUnet, SURFnet, CANARIE and GÉANT will be working hard to build the world’s first 100 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) intercontinental transmission links for research and education.
The project, called the “Advanced North Atlantic 100G Pilot” or ANA-100G, is aimed at stimulating the
market for 100 Gbps intercontinental networking and advancing global networks and applications to benefit research and education. “We believe scientific progress should be unconstrained by network capacity or geography – by the location of instruments, data, or people,” said ESnet Director Greg Bell. “This exciting pilot project is an important step in making that vision a reality, especially for research collaborations that span the Atlantic. We look forward to using the new link to test innovative applications, architectures, and workflows.”
Jay Keasling, Berkeley Lab ALD for Biosciences and CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), has won this year’s Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biochemical Technology. The award, which is sponsored by Pfizer, Inc., was announced at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in New Orleans. Keasling was recognized for his contributions to the establishment of metabolic engineering strategies and molecular toolboxes that can be used to develop microoganisms for the production of biofuels and other valuable chemical products. Keasling presented an award lecture at the ACS meeting on this topic. Click here for a list of jobs available in our Biosciences divisions
JBEI and SynBERC have been honored for their innovative partnership offering real-world laboratory experience to high school students from under represented communities. The Introductory College-Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM) has been recognized with the Exceptional Mentoring Award by Biotech Partners. Now in its sixth year, iCLEM is a paid summer internship that gives promising students with a deep interest in science an opportunity to work on biofuels research projects inside JBEI’s state-of-the-art laboratories. During the 8-week program, students receive hands-on instruction in biosciences research, job training skills, career exploration opportunities and preparation for the college application process. Both JBEI and SynBERC are part of our Physical Biosciences Division, which offers other summer student opportunities. To learn more, click here.