A massive fire took place in Oakland’s Fruitvale District on Friday, Dec. 2, claiming 36 lives so far. The Oakland Fire Department is involved in an ongoing investigation of the conflagration, with assistance from Protective Services staff Wayne Dutchover, a senior fire inspector, and Nick Bartlett, a fire protection engineer. Go here for more on the fire.
The Chabot Space and Science Center will have a special showing of “Phantom of the Universe,” a planetarium show about dark matter, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. The event is free but registration is required. Lab physicist Michael Barnett served as executive producer. More>
The City of Berkeley announced that construction will begin next week to make Hearst Ave. safer and easier to use for the corridor’s full mix of travelers: pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders and motorists. Designing a street that balances between all modes of travel increases safety, and more easily allows people to move to and from campus. More>
Elton Cairns, researcher in the Energy Storage Group, will speak about sulfur at “Everything Matters,” a monthly series that focuses on elements. Cairns will discuss work with Li/S cells in the Energy Technologies Area at Berkeley Lab. These cells could be the next generation of high specific energy cells that could supersede the Li-Ion cells now used. More>
A volunteer orientation takes place Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers make earth and space science come alive for visitors through interactive and hands-on experiences. Shifts include Wednesday through Sundays. A one-year commitment of eight hours per month is required. More>
The sale runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the UC Botanical Garden. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide information on plants, particularly drought specific varieties. Due to limited parking, a shuttle will run from the Lawrence Hall of Science parking lot. More>
The science museum’s “After Dark” Thursday night series will focus on “spin” during its Sept. 1 event, which will feature talks by Lab physicists. Carl Haber will discuss digitally mapping old recordings to recover lost sounds at 7:30 p.m., and Robert Cahn will talk on “Spin and the Quantum Rules for Apartment Rentals” at 8:30 p.m., both in the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery. More>
Volunteers are sought for the 2016 Solano Stroll. The annual Albany and Berkeley festival will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 9:50 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Solano Stroll offers the Lab an opportunity to share with the community more about who we are as a national laboratory and the critical research we do. Sign up here.
A volunteer orientation takes place Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers make earth and space science come alive for visitors through interactive and hands-on experiences. Shifts include Wednesday through Sundays. A one-year commitment of eight hours per month is required. More>
Berkeley Lab is partnering with the Department of Energy and private industry on JUMP, a crowdsourcing community for building technologies that awards prizes and incubation support to design and technology ideas for sustainable, smart, and connected buildings. More>