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Virtual Event: Building Climate and Energy Solutions One Atom at a Time

On November 5, 2021, CQ Roll Call, University of California Office of National Laboratories, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory co-hosted a virtual event on the critical role of basic science and the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories in moving discoveries in fundamental science to society. 

Achieving ambitious climate, energy and equity goals will require transformational technologies rooted in fundamental scientific discovery. Although today there are technologies prime for piloting and demonstration, many technological approaches to climate change mitigation and clean energy solutions don’t currently scale adequately to meet long-term objectives or meet critical equity and equality objectives. Meeting the challenges at hand will require focused, sustained investment in fundamental science, not just in applied technologies development and deployment, to tackle problems now and to continue innovation long into the future.


  • Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), Ranking Republican, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Senior Member, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • Harriet Kung, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Science Programs, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Cynthia Friend, Ph.D., President, The Kavli Foundation; T.W. Richards Professor, Harvard University (on leave)
  • Richard M. Myers, Ph.D., President, Science Director and Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha
  • Katherine Yelick, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jo Handelsman, Ph.D. Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin
  • Michael Witherell, Ph.D., Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Jesus Velazquez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis
  • Michael Drake, M.D. President, University of California

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