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June 2014

Foundry and NCEM Scientists Join LBNL Contingent to Raise User Facility Awareness on Capitol Hill


Foundry project scientist, Promita Chakraborty, and NCEM staff scientist, Peter Ercius, joined a contingent of staff and researchers from over 40 user facilities to help raise awareness on Capitol Hill through the 4th Annual National User Facility Organization (NUFO) Science Expo. 

Hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Science and National Labs Caucus, the Expo was held June 10 in the Rayburn House Office Building where the group led participants in hands-on science demonstrations of the capabilities found at user facilities around the country. These included exploring protein folding and unfolding with precision physical models of polypeptides (The Molecular Foundry) and electron tomography for three-dimensional analysis of nano-structures (NCEM). 

The group from LBNL was led by Head of Federal Government Relations, Don Medley, and Molecular Foundry Senior Communications & Outreach Specialist, Branden Brough, and visited nine House and Senate offices of California representatives, spanning both political parties.

Read the full Berkeley Lab press release.