Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Employees Volunteer with Rebuilding Together to Improve Senior Center

Several Berkeley Lab employees (and a few of their spouses) recently spent a Saturday volunteering with Rebuilding Together East Bay-North to make improvements to the South Berkeley Senior Center. Their efforts were part of a larger renovation of the center, which provides companionship, culture, and community for older adults in Berkeley. Go here to see a list of volunteers.

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What Is a Computer? IT Helps Answer That Question for Local Second Graders

IT recently hosted second graders from Berkeley’s Sylvia Mendez Elementary School (formerly LeConte) to teach them about computers, including hardware, software, programming, parallel computing, networking, and tech vocabulary. They even built their own computer. The program, now in its ninth year, is part of IT’s STEM outreach efforts. The event was captured in this Exposure photo feature.

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Help Local Seniors at June 9 ‘Rebuilding Together’ Renovation Project

Berkeley Lab is partnering with Rebuilding Together on renovations at the South Berkeley Senior Center on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help sand, stain, paint, and install energy-efficient radiant barrier window film. Lunch is provided. Sign up by June 1. Contact Jenn Tang (Government and Community Relations) for more info.

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Second March for Science on April 14; Oakland Event Planned

The worldwide March for Science on April 14 will include a San Francisco Bay Area event in Oakland at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater and Henry Kaiser Auditorium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bay Area event will feature a rally, speakers, science outreach fair, and an optional “scenic march” around Lake Merritt. More>

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Fixit Clinic in Berkeley on March 24

The Lab’s Sustainability group encourages staff to attend a “Fixit” clinic on Saturday, March 24, 1 to 4 p.m., at the North Berkeley Library. Participants bring in their own broken items and are taught how to fix them by volunteer coaches. The clinics seek to increase understanding of consumption and sustainability. Register here, or walk in. Coaches can sign up here.

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High Schoolers Get Hands-On Experience at the Advanced Light Source

Students from Pinole Valley and Oakland high schools participated in “The ALS Experience,” a pilot program between the ALS and Workforce Development & Education (WD&E). Scientists Christine Beavers and Dula Parkinson helped students design an experiment, collect data, and analyze results. This is the first of four research programs being piloted by WD&E this spring.

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Lawrence Hall of Science, StopWaste Host ‘Lawn to Garden’ Party

Join the Lawrence Hall of Science and StopWaste for a “Lawn to Garden” party on Saturday, March 10, from 9:30a.m. to 1 pm. StopWaste will demonstrate how easy it is to convert your own lawn to a drought-tolerant, water-wise garden. Come prepared to get your hands dirty. Registration for the event is required.

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Chabot Space & Science Center Seeks Volunteers; Orientation on Feb. 17

A volunteer orientation takes place Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers make earth and space science come alive for visitors through interactive and hands-on experiences. A one-year commitment of eight hours per month is required. More>

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Seismic Improvement Rebates Offered for Berkeley Residents

Berkeley residents are eligible for rebates up to $3,000 from California’s Residential Mitigation Program for making certain seismic improvements to their homes. Registration is open until Feb. 23. Learn more at an information meeting on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at 997 Cedar St. RSVP here.

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Astro Teller to Speak at Lawrence Hall of Science Benefit Event

The Lawrence Hall of Science is hosting its annual benefit event — “Innovations and Inspirations” — on March 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. The featured speaker is Astro Teller, CEO of X, the moonshot factory run by Alphabet. Among the topics he will discuss is the rapid pace of technology and the challenges this speed presents for STEM education.

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