Posts Tagged ‘Community Relations’

Grand Reopening of Museum of African American Technology Science Village

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Museum of African American Technology (MAAT) Science Village will host its grand reopening event on Saturday, April 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. at 722 Chester Street in Oakland. MAAT Science Village is one of the first science museums with an African American focus in the nation. Since 2002, it has promoted science education and awareness among underrepresented communities. One of the museum’s main objectives is to establish links between technology and the community. It archives and exhibits the history of African Americans in science and engineering, and conducts seminars and hands-on activities with students. More>

Volunteers Sought for Science at the Theater Event on Feb. 24

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

At this Monday’s Science at the Theater event, members of the audience will be asked to vote for their favorite Lab technology. Public Affairs is seeking volunteers to assist with vote collection and other duties. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Go here to sign up, and here for more information on the event.

Scientists Take Visitors on a Virtual Tour of Foundry, ALS, and NCEM

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The Public Affairs Office hosted the Lab’s first-ever, live-streamed, virtual tour of three User Facilities yesterday. Students from local classrooms, as well as members of the public, joined Dula Parkinson at the Advanced Light Source, Deirdre Olynick at the Molecular Foundry, and Jim Ciston of the Center for Electron Microscopy. They explained their research at the facilities and answered questions from viewers. Send comments or suggestions for future virtual field trips to Public Affairs social media specialist Kelly Owen.

Lab Hosts Family Science Night in Richmond

Friday, February 14th, 2014

More than 270 children and parents from Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond recently enjoyed an evening of science activities provided by 22 Berkeley Lab volunteers. Participants peered into microscopes, explored bubbles with straws and strings, and investigated the mysterious properties of oobleck, a mixture of cornstarch and water. Part of the Lab’s ongoing outreach in Richmond, the event was supported by Workforce Development & Education’s Berkeley Lab In School Settings (BLISS) program in collaboration with Washington’s Parent and Teacher Association. Those who volunteered for the event are pictured.

Controlled Burn in Area Hills Feb. 18 to 28

Friday, February 14th, 2014

For the next two weeks, starting on Monday through Feb. 28, the East Bay Regional Parks And East Bay Municipal Utilities District will be conducting brush pile burning in the Grizzly Peak Area and Moraga/Orinda Watershed. Depending on wind direction, Lab employees may see smoke coming from these areas. All burning will be closely monitored by these agencies.

Watch a Live Virtual ‘Field Trip’ of the Lab Today at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Berkeley Lab is hosting a live “virtual field trip” today at 1 p.m. as part of a new series of Google hangouts called Connected Classrooms. During the live hangout on air, two Bay Area classrooms will take a virtual tour of the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, and the National Center for Electron Microscopy, with Dula Parkinson, Deirdre Olynick, and Jim Ciston servings as tour guides. Viewers can watch the hangout on air and ask questions here. The event will also be archived on Berkeley Lab’s YouTube channel.

Vote for the Next Big Tech Idea at ‘Science at the Theater’ Event

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Like a science version of the popular show “Shark Tank,” the Lab’s next Science at the Theater event will feature researchers “pitching” their technologies, then audience members and panel of judges will vote on which one most benefits society. The Monday, Feb. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. event takes place at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Researchers and their technologies include: Guoying Chen (Making Better Batteries), Sylvain Costes (Tracking and Hacking Personal DNA Damage), Steven Lanzisera (Making Energy Measurement Stick), Gloria Oliver (Molecular Velcro), and Alex Zettl (Dress Code for Martians). RSVP here. The show will also be webcast. Send questions via tweet (@BerkeleyLab) or e-mail (

Keasling, Others Discuss Synthetic Biology With Community Group

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Joint BioEnergy Institute CEO Jay Keasling, Sarah Richardson and Sam Deutsch of the Joint Genome Institute, and Nathan Hillson of JBEI last month gave a presentation on synthetic biology to the Lab’s Community Advisory Group (CAG). CAG was formed in 2010 to provide input into the Lab’s physical plans and development projects.

Volunteer Opportunities at Chabot Space & Science Center

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Lab employees interested in volunteering at the Chabot Space and Science Center are invited to attend an orienation session on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer are asked to work eight hours per month for at least one year. Shifts are available Tuesday through Sunday daytime and Friday and Saturday evenings. Go here for more information and to register for the orientation.

Bringing Science Education to BART Stations

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The Public Affairs Office is using a new tactic to bring science education to the local community. Signs recently posted at various BART stations featured photos of Lab research, and passersby were invited to guess what the image depicted and submit their answers via tweet or e-mail. The poster above shows Earth Sciences Division Director Susan Hubbard as she maps permafrost soils. Another poster showed photomultiplier tubes that line the wall of the Daya Bay neutrino detector in China.