Today at Berkeley Lab

Steve Robbins Gives Presentation on the Science Behind Inclusion

In continuing its efforts to enhance the Lab’s work environment, Steve Robbins was invited to speak to senior leaders, the Diversity & Inclusion Council, Employee Resource Group leaders, and selected staff. His talk was entitled “Your Brain is Good at Inclusion… Except When It’s Not.” More>

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Lab Lactation Rooms Are Reserved for Nursing Mothers Only

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, employees are reminded that Lab lactation rooms on the hill and off site are reserved solely for nursing mothers. Other uses (such as breaks or phone calls) are prohibited. Nursing mothers can reserve the rooms via Google calendar. Contact the Diversity & Inclusion Office for questions or concerns. More>

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Lab Hosts Annual ‘Veterans’ Day on the Job’

The Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) recently hosted its fourth “Veterans’ Day on the Job” event for approximately 40 participants in the NPower program and San Francisco State University’s “VETS@SFSU.” This initiative is part of DIO and the Veteran Employee Resource Group’s effort to reach out to Lab veterans and ensure a veteran-friendly work environment. More>

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, mental health advocates have led the observance of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. In the U.S, one in five adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Click here for mental health tips to try in May. ‘Be Well at Work,’ the Lab’s employee assistance program, also provides free confidential counseling, referral, workshops, and resources. More>

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Employee Associations Enrich Asian-Pacific American Experience at the Lab

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. This month we feature two Employee Activities Association groups focused on Asian-Pacific American culture—the Berkeley Lab Asian Association and the Fil-Am Club. More>

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Susan Synarski and Lambda Alliance Featured in New National Lab Website

The National Laboratory Directors’ Council recently launched a website highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories. Under “Meet Our Employees,” Susan Synarski from Energy Technologies Area and the Lambda Alliance (LGBTQ association) are featured as staff members of Berkeley Lab. Click here to learn more.

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Michelle Scanlon Appointed New Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer

Scanlon comes to Berkeley Lab with 25 years of HR experience at both federally funded and commercial institutions. At Sandia National Lab, she spearheaded diversity initiatives and played an important HR role in the initial Joint BioEnergy Institute partnership. Her appointment was effective March 20. Go here to read a message from Deputy Director for Operations Glenn Kubiak.

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Women’s History Month: Computing Sciences Trailblazers

March is Women’s History Month, and the theme for 2017 is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” Computing Sciences reached out to some “trailblazers” in its organization to find out what motivated them to go into this field, challenges they have encountered along the way, and what they consider to be their proudest achievements. More>

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Women’s History Month: JBEI’s Ee-Been Goh Breaks the Mold

A talented molecular biologist, Ee-Been Goh has made significant contributions to the development of new biofuels in the area of metabolic pathway for diesel-range methyl ketones. She is also an exemplary mentor and contributor to JBEI’s education and outreach efforts, including the iCLEM program. More>

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National Lab Pride Launched for LGBTQ+ Staff and Allies

National Lab Pride was recently created for members to promote LGBTQ+ visibility within the DOE national laboratory system, collaborate on outreach and networking opportunities, meet LGBTQ+ leaders and staff (within the national lab system, as well as externally), and share resources and best practices for diversity and inclusion. More>

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