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December 2008 Newsletter

Dear Friends of CITRIS,

In this newsletter we are pleased to highlight two exciting projects that each address pressing needs for California and exemplify …

Big Ideas @ Berkeley Marketplace

The Big Ideas @ Berkeley marketplace allows individuals to
support undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about tackling
major global, regional, and local challenges such as clean energy, the
environment, public health, safe drinking water, public policy, and
technology-based entrepreneurship.

UC Berkeley and Nokia turn mobile phones into traffic probes with launch of pilot traffic-monitoring software

Drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area with GPS-enabled mobile phones can now tap into new technology that promises to transform traffic monitoring.  Researchers have publicly released pilot software that turns cellular devices into mobile traffic probes providing real-time information on traffic flow and travel times. (Below: College of Engineering Dean Shankar Sastry opens this briefing to visitors and media.)

Check your carbon footprint at CoolClimate Calculator

The CoolClimate Calculator (http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu) has been developed by researchers at the Berkeley Institute of the Environment to help US households evaluate their complete climate footprints, including all direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, household energy, food, goods and services.

Luis W. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Science

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and
the Computational Research Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory invite applications for the Luis
W. Alvarez Fellowship in Computational Science.

For more information and to apply visit: http://www.lbl.gov/CS/html/alvarez.html

Copenhagen Climate Congress

The University of Copenhagen is hosting an
international scientific congress on climate change March 10-12, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Findings will be compiled in a book on climate
change, and an excecutive summary will be handed
over to policy makers at the COP15.

The Deadline for paper submissions for the Copenhagen Climate Congress is November 1, 2008.