The Bay Area Council recently traveled to China for a global conference on climate change. The delegation, which included Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Jay Keasling, met with US Energy Secretary Rick Perry to discuss the important role of California’s national labs, including Berkeley Lab, in advancing clean energy technology. Perry called California’s labs “crown jewels.”
Jay Keasling, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, was quoted in an article by Nature about engineering tools for cell design for the manufacture of drugs, food and materials. Keasling namely discussed how synthesizing DNA continues to become easier and inexpensive. Read more in Nature.
DOE National Lab Day was organized on April 18, 2017 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The goal of the event was to provide exposure to the capabilities and mechanisms for collaboration at the DOE National Laboratories.
Jay Keasling, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, Mary Maxon, Biosciences Principal Deputy and Corie Ralston, Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging’s Deputy Director for Science participated at the event. During their opening remarks, Arkansas Congressmen Steve Womack (pictured) and Bruce Westerman highlighted the national significance of the Labs. Stanford University’s Arun Majumder, Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), described energy innovation as a key aspect of our future, and Deputy Laboratory Director Horst Simon represented Berkeley Lab as part of a panel of National Lab Directors who illustrated many of the opportunities available at the National Labs. Maxon moderated a Bioscience and Healthcare breakout session and Keasling moderated a breakout on Renewables and Biofuels.
The groundbreaking for the Integrative Genomics Building (IGB), the future home of the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase), took place under sunny skies yesterday, January 31, at the former site of the Bevatron particle accelerator. Notables in attendance included Sharlene Weatherwax, associate director of science for Biological and Environmental Research (BER) at DOE Office of Science; Pier Oddone, former Fermilab director and former Berkeley Lab deputy director; and Kimberley Budil, vice president for national laboratories in the University of California Office of the President. To symbolize their future partnership and signify some of the vast and complex communities of microorganisms that provide the foundation for the research that will be conducted in the IGB, JGI Director-Designate Nigel Mouncey and KBase Principal Investigator Adam Arkin mixed soil samples in beaker mugs and toasted to their shared vision for the Biosciences future colocation on the Hill.
Jay Keasling, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences was featured in Create, Engineers Australia’s Magazine. In the article Keasling discusses how synthetic biology tools offer solutions to some of the major global challenges. Read more.