Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon recently spoke at an event hosted by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance about the East Bay’s unique biotech innovation ecosystem. During the panel discussion, Maxon noted that carbon waste could be California’s next gold rush, driving the bioeconomy. The discussion was recorded by Contra Costa TV and will be rebroadcast throughout October. Go here to see the schedule. Read more about this event at the “Tim Talk” blog on PleasantonWeekly.com.
As Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon announced last week, Nikki Humphreys has accepted an offer to become the Biosciences Area Deputy of Operations. In addition to overseeing operations and finance for the Area, she will serve as the Deputy for Operations of the Biosciences Operations at Berkeley Center, and the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) and Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology (EGSB) Divisions.
On July 16-17, Biosciences, along with the Energy Sciences Area, hosted an internal workshop to discuss and identify paths forward for biomaterials research at Berkeley Lab and in larger contexts–across the national laboratory complex, at universities, and in the private sector– that would enable the creation of new materials with performance-advantaged properties. This workshop continues the program development efforts established through the recent Advanced Biogenic Chemicals and Materials Laboratory-Directed Research and Development initiative established at Berkeley Lab in 2017.
Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Mary Maxon has announced the completion of the Biosciences Strategic Plan 5-Year Progress Report that measures progress towards meeting the 5-year milestones outlined in the Biosciences Strategic Plan (BSP). These milestones address challenges in energy, environment, health, biomanufacturing, and technology development. The report contains information compiled by Biosciences staff responsible for the implementation of the strategies (Strategy Leads) and Mentors, who oversee these five challenge areas, assessing progress toward and highlighting the accomplishments of Biosciences Area researchers.
Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Mary Maxon testified on March 14 to the US House of Representatives committee with leaders from four other national laboratories on “National Laboratories: World-Leading Innovation in Science.” Maxon pointed to the flexibility and breadth of the national laboratories to respond to national mission needs, through national user facilities, scientific research expertise, and partnering with universities and industry. The full testimony can be found here. (Maxon’s testimony begins at 43:22 of the video.)