Science at the Theater - Vote for the Next Big Tech Idea!
Monday, February 24, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Berkeley, United States
You and three judges vote on technology pitches from five Berkeley Lab scientists. Which will benefit society the most? You decide.
Admission to the 7-9 pm event is free. You may download a copy of the event flyer here.
New Technologies to be Presented:
Making Better Batteries
Safety incidents in electric vehicles and jet aircrafts like the Dreamliner have made consumers and regulatory agencies wary of lithium-ion batteries. LBNL is using a special class of switchable polymers to prevent cells from overcharge, a dangerous state that can cause battery fires.
- Guoying Chen, Chemist
Tracking and Hacking Personal DNA Damage
Measuring DNA double-strand breaks, the most lethal type of DNA damage, is lengthy and can be error-prone when done manually. Costes has developed and refined novel high-throughput technology to automate this procedure. His data show that DNA damage changes with age, genetics and environmental factors.
- Sylvain Costes, Biophysicist (and a group leader)
Making Energy Measurement Stick
Energy data are crucial for reducing energy use and carbon emissions, but collecting these data are expensive and difficult. Stick-on electricity meters enable cheap and easy data collection and open the door to huge energy and carbon savings.
- Steven Lanzisera, Applied Energy Scientist
Real-time detection of molecules -- to monitor air quality, drinking water, or even our own bloodstream -- requires cheap, portable sensors that work under real-world conditions. Inspired by nature's immune system, LBNL is developing "molecular velcro", that can be tailored to detect a wide range of targets and promises to bring portable, reusable sensors into the palm of your hand.
- Gloria Olivier, Chemist
Dress Code for Martians
NASA recently concluded that it is not possible to send a human safely to Mars using available structural materials. A Berkeley discovery changes all that. This new material (not yet commercially available) has unprecedented mechanical, thermal, optical, magnetic, and electronic properties, and is poised to revolutionize numerous industries well beyond aerospace.
- Alex Zettl, Physicist
Braden Penhoet is a consulting strategist focused on innovation as a driver of economic opportunity as well as social and environmental progress. He is a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and Co-Chair of San Francisco-based Full Circle Fund’s Environment and Energy Program. Braden has served on judging panels for Big Ideas @ Berkeley, Berkeley Skydeck Incubator/Accelerator, the UC Berkeley Startup Competition, First Look West (DOE, Caltech), Haas Energy Institute's Cleantech to Market, Global Social Venture Competition, and Sustainable Silicon Valley's Call for Solutions. Braden was educated at Stanford University, UCLA School of Law, and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Robin Johnston is the Director of Commercialization for the Berkeley Lab’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). She sets JBEI’s strategic course for technology transfer, incubates startups, and manages JBEI industry interactions and intellectual property, which includes negotiating licenses and collaborative research terms. Robin has been commercializing intellectual property at Berkeley Lab for over ten years. She also founded and managed a program in conjunction with UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business which partners students, researchers, and energy professionals to translate clean tech research into market opportunities. Robin earned a degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from George Washington University.
Peter Fiske is a scientist, entrepreneur, and a nationally-recognized author and lecturer on the subject of leadership and career development for young scientists and engineers. He is currently the CEO of PAX Water, a company developing new products that facilitate sustainable management of high quality drinking water. Prior to that he led a research team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he authored more than 20 technical articles. Peter also served as White House Fellow in the Department of Defense and is a nationally recognized author and lecturer. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton, a Ph.D. from Stanford and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
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Please note that RSVP holders will be given priority seating starting at 6:30 pm. Seats will be released on a first-come, first-served basis at 6:50 pm.
-Jeff Miller, Head of Public Affairs, Berkeley Lab