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February 25, 2008

Witherspoon in a Virtual Time Capsule

UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus and former Earth Sciences Division Director Paul A. Witherspoon was interviewed for The Hydrogeologist Time Capsule - a project supported by the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and other sponsors. This is a conversation between Paul Witherspoon and Allan Freeze.


December 13, 2007

Field Trip! Australia-- Completion of Well

ESD Staffers returned from their field trip (in early October 2007) to Otway, Australia and have these photos to share.

Truss Assembly
Here's what Barry Freifeld (Hydrogeology) had to say about their experience.

"We have successfully landed the assembly in the borehole. The most amazing thing was lifting the entire 120 ft-long bottomhole assembly and dropping it in using a 70-to crane and a 15-ton crane to perform a two-crane-lift over the borehole (see the truss assembly photo).

Truss Assembly
It was a Herculean effort to get everything down in three days but the workover crews were great.

Every few hours a new weather front would come through and dump buckets of water down on us."

{image details: Tom Daley in blue/red jacket with colleagues at Otway.}

Find out more about the project in Otway by reviewing to the GEO-SEQ Project located in the Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program website.

December 11, 2007

The Four "Ds" of New Leadership

ESD's new Division Director, Don DePaolo quietly stepped into the ESD office on October 1 (2007). In his first Town Hall meeting with the ESD staff on November 1, Don commented that so far it has "been fun". Drs. Steven Chu and Graham Fleming commended Ernie Majer for his great leadership as the Acting ES Division Director during the past year and "officially" handed the reigns over to Don. Read more about our new Division Director here.


And...Thanks Ernie!

{image details: You can still find Ernie's feet on the desk when he's on the phone.}

August 21, 2007

ESD's New Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program

ESD decided to review its program areas to determine if the right programs/research themes were being represented within its organization. Within the past few months, what emerged was the Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program (GCS). The GCS was formed from three projects originally in the Climate Change and Carbon Management Program (GEO SEQ, WestCarb, and ZERT). Other projects, including one sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, will also be managed under this new program. Led by Larry Myer and Curt Oldenburg, the GCS is in a position to respond to an increasing research need by DOE and the Western region of injecting carbon underground, and more. For more information contact Curt Oldenburg and look for a reorganized and updated GCS Program website soon. ESD anticipates the logistical details associated with the formation of the Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program to be finalized by October 1, 2007.

August 21, 2007

ESD's New Climate Science Department

ESD enhanced its technical expertise in the area of climate modeling and prediction by hiring Sr. Scientist, Bill Collins. As a Department Head, Bill is now set to lead a newly formed ES Department called, Climate Science which consolidates staff from ESD's four other departments (Ecology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Hydrogeology). ESD anticipates the formation of the Climate Science Department to officially commence by October 1, 2007.

January 22, 2007

The Search for the Next Division Director

Berkeley Lab has begun the search for its next Division Director for Earth Sciences. Ernie Majer has been serving as Acting Division Director since the untimely death of Bo Bodvarsson in November 2006. Majer will also serve as the Chair of the Division Director Search Committee, which comprises representatives from the Earth Sciences Division, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Material Sciences Division/The Molecular Foundry, Human Resources, and U.C. Berkeley College of Letters & Sciences. Berkeley Lab has posted the Division Director job description. Go to Berkeley Lab's Employment page or go directly here for details.

November 30, 2006

In Memoriam - Bo Bodvarsson

Berkeley Lab Earth Sciences Leader Dies (11/30/06, Berkeley Lab, Research News)


Other press: SF Chronicle, The Oakland Tribune