“The Secret of Life” follows the ill-funded James Watson and Frances Crick in a scientific race of nerves, ingenuity and integrity against the more monied research of Rosalind Franklin at Kings College. The reward is nothing short of a Nobel Prize for defining the basic building blocks of life. See the play at the Berkeley City Club during December. More>
Symmetry Magazine offers instructions to create physics-themed jack-o-laterns (like Albert Frank-Einstein). The Department of Energy offers up templates for energy-themed pumpkins, such as CFL bulbs or wind turbines. And MSRI (located just above the Lab) is hosting a Halloween and science celebration for families on Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Danielle Feinberg will talk about a series of problems faced while making various Pixar films and how the Pixar animation scientists used math and science to save the day. The free event takes place Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Berkeley City College (2050 Center St.). More>
Northern California national labs, including Berkeley Lab, participated in a #TwitterCageMatch on Friday, October 9, to duel it out for “Coolest NorCal Lab” bragging rights. The online event helped expose fans to Berkeley Lab’s exciting scientific research and some key milestones from its past. Go here to see how it unfolded.
Seven employees spent the day painting, installing new ceiling tiles, and adhering window film to various windows, which will help create more comfortable conditions for staff and the seniors accessing support and services. The event was part of the Rebuilding Together East Bay program. Go here to see a list of volunteers.
The garden will offer numerous varieties from their extensive collection from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a particular focus on water-wise plants. Experts will also be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. Visitors are encouraged to bring their boxes and wagons to tote plants. More>
As part of EERE’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative, the pilot aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to the market faster by enabling them to access expertise and specialized equipment at DOE’s national labs. More>
Volunteers fielded questions and shared their knowledge of the Lab with hundreds of visitors who stopped by during the event. Staff from the Physical Sciences Division and the Joint Bioenergy Institute hosted a DIY fermentation project to helps explain the process of creating biofuels. Go here to see a list of volunteers.
The Lab is partnering with Rebuilding Together on a renovation project at the North Berkeley Senior Center on Friday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to paint and install ceiling tiles and radiant barrier window film. Breakfast, lunch, and T- shirts will be provided. Wear clothes that can get stained and closed toe shoes. Sign up here.
Berkeley Lab volunteers are needed for the Berkeley Albany community Solano Stroll on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event enables Berkeley Lab to share with the local community more about who we are and what we do. Volunteers will enjoy great food, sunshine, music and entertainment. Go here to sign up for a two-hour slot.