July 9, 1999

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With a modest effort, many of the energy savings technologies developed for buildings can be transferred to the transportation sector. A vehicle thermal management research program aims to save the energy equivalent of one to two billion gallons of gasoline per year by using advanced solar control glazings and insulating components to reduce auto accessory loads. Toward that end, a research team has created the world's first thermally insulated car.

Global computer climate models run at a rather low resolution. For example, a model might treat the Rocky Mountains as a single upslope from the Pacific while missing the Coastal Ranges and the Sierras altogether. Berkeley Lab's Regional Climate Center is developing a climate model accurate at spatial scales ranging from less than a hundred meters to as large as the western United States, and over time scales that vary from hours to seasons to a century or more.

When cellular engineer Carolyn Bertozzi heard the MacArthur Foundation was trying to reach her, she thought "they're probably trying to get ahold of me for a quote about my sister," Andrea, a Duke University math professor whom Carolyn regards as the smarter one in the family. As it turns out, the MacArthur Foundation had the right Bertozzi. Carolyn, who does cell surface remodeling, is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.


Mathematics can provide amazing insights into the behavior of physical phenomena. Take the case of waves breaking in the ocean, the combustion of gasoline, or the animation of images.  To a mathematician, these are examples of "interfaces that change position and shape." Researchers have developed new techniques for tracking these evolving interfaces.  Whatsmore, they've created an interactive website that let's you discover for yourself what these tools can do.

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