Two JBEI Researchers will compete in the Bay Area Research SLAM

October 02, 2023
By Sara Harmon

Anne Villacastin placed first and was also selected as People’s Choice in the Berkeley Lab Research SLAM competition on September 21, 2023. Villacastin, a postdoctoral researcher in the Feedstocks Division, detailed her research on sorghum’s potential as a biomanufacturing feedstock.

In its sixth year, the SLAM challenges early career researchers to tell the story of their research to a general audience in just three minutes. Twelve finalists are selected from entries across Berkeley Lab Research Areas.

The top-three finalists of the Berkeley Lab SLAM (recording) will again deliver their talks at the Bay Area Research SLAM on October 5, 2023, competing against the finalists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and SLAC National Laboratory. 

Valentina Garcia, a Sandia-based postdoctoral fellow in the Deconstruction Division, placed second in the Sandia Technical Showcase. She will also deliver her talk “Taking Off Fueled by Biology: Using Yeast to Make Sustainable Aviation Fuels” at the Bay Area Research SLAM.

Congratulations Anne and Valentina!