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Outstanding Achievement for ISB


The New York State Society of Professional Engineers’ Suffolk County Chapter recently presented an Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award to BNL project leaders working on the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) and the building’s designers from HDR Architecture, Inc. The Society selected the ISB for capturing the innovative and dynamic spirit of the engineering profession while fulfilling a public service need.

The ISB contains four unique laboratories for energy research, including two ultra-low vibration labs that provide the stability required for scientists to probe materials’ electronic structure at the atomic scale and fabricate new materials one atomic layer at a time. The ISB also contains a “dry room” with controllable humidity for safely developing new lithium-ion batteries, as well as offices and 60 standard laboratories. The building was awarded LEED Gold certification in December 2013 for its energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable design, construction, and operation.

“Designing and constructing the Interdisciplinary Science Building with capabilities for scientists to get results they couldn’t achieve before required custom engineering solutions,” said ISB Project Manager Peggy Caradonna of the Lab’s Modernization Project Office. “It’s an honor to receive this recognition from our colleagues.”

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Working to Make Climate Research Data Accessible

Alice Cialella

Alice Cialella

Rising sea levels, more frequent heat waves, and heavy precipitation are just some of the effects associated with climate change. But how can scientists accurately forecast what Earth’s future climate will be like?

For more than twenty years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility has provided scientists with data sets that are critical for climate research. With collaborators at Brookhaven and eight other national labs and additional government agencies and private organizations, scientists use powerful computers and terabytes of data collected at ARM sites around the world to develop models and projections of Earth’s complex climate systems. At Brookhaven’s ARM External Data Center, Alice Cialella and her group keep track of the data climate scientists need and make sure they can find it.

Data is obtained from ARM facilities and equipment positioned on land, over oceans, and in the atmosphere. These data sets are then stored at the ARM Data Archive at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and are freely available to anyone. Still, the challenges of climate science are grand, so scientists also rely on measurements collected by outside organizations such as NOAA, the U.K.’s European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting, and U.S. universities. The External Data Center at Brookhaven imports, archives, and provides scientists those complementary data sets.

“The scientists I work with pull together measurements of everything from cloud types and water content to quantities of aerosol particles, moisture, and electromagnetic energy in the atmosphere,” Cialella said. Regardless of what was measured where, Cialella and her group help make it accessible and discoverable.

To learn more about the External Data Center and ARM visit:

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Summer Sundays – Your Opportunity to Visit BNL

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Brookhaven National Laboratory has been opening its doors to the public for more than 50 years. This year, our “Summer Sundays” open houses will feature several of our world-class research facilities – the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and NSLS-II, the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider – as well as our Science Learning Center and the National Weather Service Office that shares our site. 

Tour the NSLS – where scientists use beams of x-rays and other forms of light to study the inner workings of proteins, batteries, solar cells and more – on July 13. Also, see the new NSLS-II, which will be one of the world’s most advanced light sources – a giant x-ray microscope! Explore exciting hands-on exhibits, master the synchrotron quiz, and win prizes. Be mesmerized by the “Science Laser Light Spectacular.” 

On July 20, visit the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, where Brookhaven scientists probe structures as tiny as a billionth of a meter. Stop by the “Nano-Discovery Zone” for hands-on activities, and watch the “Magic of Science” show in the Berkner Hall auditorium.

Family Fun Day will be held on July 27. Visit the Science Learning Center to experiment with magnets, mirrors, and more! Play a part in the “Super Scientific Circus” and be captivated by “Red’s Recycle-O-Rama.” Be sure to tour the National Weather Service where “Storm Trackers” forecast our weather and track storms across the New York metropolitan area.

Have “Atom-Smashing Fun” on August 3. Visit the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), where scientists recreate the conditions of the universe as it is thought to have existed microseconds after the Big Bang. See particle detectors as big as a house! Try to stump a physicist and be enthralled by “Phenomenal Physics with Mr. Fish.”

Free fun, no reservations required! It’s always best to arrive early. Our gates open at 10 a.m. Science shows take place three times each Sunday in the Berkner Hall auditorium – Noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Just remember, visitors 16 and older must bring a photo ID.

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  • June 25 – Noon Recital – Pianofest, a summer workshop held in the Hamptons, will be showcased. Berkner Hall Auditorium.
  • July & August – Community Advisory Council summer break.
  • July 30 – Noon Recital – Pianofest, a summer workshop held in the Hamptons, will be showcased. Berkner Hall Auditorium.

*The events above are free and open to the public. Visitors 16 and over must bring a photo ID for access to BNL events.

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