Today at Berkeley Lab

Be an Ambassador for Science and Berkeley Lab at Solano Stroll

Volunteers are needed for this annual festival on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. near the Berkeley/Albany border. The event enables the Lab to share with the community more about who we are and what we do. Volunteers can enjoy great food, music and entertainment. Go here to sign up for a two-hour slot.

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Blood Drive on August 19 in Cafeteria Parking Lot

Bloodmobile will be onsite from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go here to make an appointment (code LBL). Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, contact Marissa Smithwick (x6088).

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Saving the Bay…Lab Volunteers Assist With Coastal Marsh Restoration

In partnership with Save the Bay, volunteers transplanted over 2,200 baccharis glutinosa seedlings along the MLK, Jr. Regional Shoreline Park in Oakland yesterday. This native perennial supports the local marsh ecosystem and creates habitat for wetland animals and insects. For more on the Lab’s work in the community, contact Armando Viramontes.

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Volunteer Opportunities at Chabot Space & Science Center

Volunteers make earth and space science come alive for visitors through interactive and hands-on experiences. Training is provided. An orientation will be held on Saturday, August 23. More>

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Lab’s Community Relations Seeks Help for Bay Restoration

Volunteers will remove invasive species from shoreline during event on Tuesday, August 5, from noon to 3 p.m. More>

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Summer Fun Days at Lawrence Hall of Science

Each Wednesday in July enjoy a different Summer Fun Day, such as boat building, ice cream making, and fizzy foamy sidewalk painting. Come on a Family Bug Hunt. Learn new things and pursue your passions in our Summer Camps and Ingenuity Studio. Visit the Hall this month. More>

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Botanical Garden Hosts Summer Concert Series

Redwood Grove performances take place Thursdays at 5:30. More>

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Gadgil Among Speakers at Talk on Encouraging Youngsters to Explore Science

Join Danielle Feinberg of Pixar, UC Berkeley biology professor Robert Full, and Berkeley Lab’s own Ashok Gadgil at the Lawrence Hall of Science as they discuss the importance of encouraging young people to explore, invent, and become scientifically literate. The event takes place Wednesday, May 28, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. More>

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At Botanical Garden, Bromeliad Fans Anticipate a Rare Bloom

There’s a lot of excitement this week at the UC Botanical Garden, where a spectacular South American plant that rarely blooms has formed a fast-growing bud. An endangered species native to the high Andes, P. raimondii, the largest of the bromeliads, can grow to nearly 10 feet in height, topped — on the rare occasion that it blooms, usually around age 40 — by a spike as tall as 30 feet high bearing thousands of flowers and up to 6 million seeds. More>

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Lab’s Carl Haber to Give “Future Fridays” Talk at Chabot Center on Saving Sound

image of carl haberListen to the earliest known sound recordings, learn how the process has changed throughout history, and what scientists are doing to restore our oldest relics. From the first sounds recorded by Thomas Edison in 1877 to the 1950s, when most recordings were made on wax, foil, shellac, lacquer and plastic, Berkeley Lab’s Carl Haber, experimental physicist, discusses the importance of preserving these treasures at Chabot Science Center’s Future Fridays talk on May 9 at 6:00 pm. For more information and tickets, go here.

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