Today at Berkeley Lab

Seeking Lab Ambassadors to Advance Outreach Efforts

Berkeley Lab’s Ambassador Program is looking for participants to help advance the Lab’s outreach efforts to underrepresented groups. Diversity and Inclusion Office and Workforce Development and Education will fund travel and registration, while the Division covers the Ambassador’s time. For a list of our outreach conferences, and for more information, click here.

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Berkeley Lab Marks African American History Month

What started as Negro History Week in 1925 was expanded to a month in 1976. President Gerald Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” To mark African American History Month, Lab employees Steve Wilson, LaTonja Wright, and Edson Okwelum are featured.

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Jan. 10 Workshop on Empathy and Inclusiveness

The course, from 1 to 3 p.m., will look at understanding sympathy versus empathy, the scientific take on empathy, enhancing one’s capacity to empathize, using harmony filters in perception, and practical applications in real life. Seating is limited and registration is required. More>

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Additional Life-Saving Measures Provided During the Great Shake Out

During the recent Great Shake Out Drill, Protective Services and the All Access ERG provided additional resources for employees, including those with disabilities. Whistles were distributed with the message “If you can be heard, you can be rescued.” E-mail ps@lbl.gov to request assistance with panic, mobility, vision, hearing, or other issues during an emergency.

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Employees Invited to Attend WSEC Networking Forum on Dec. 13

The Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) invites all employees to attend its annual December Networking Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 15-253. Lunch will be provided. Deadline for RSVP is Dec. 9. More>

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Employees Invited to Lambda Alliance Employee Resource Group Meeting

The LGBTQ Employee Resource Group (ERG) is the policy and outreach task force of the Lambda Alliance. This ERG supports the LGBTQ community at the Lab and assists the organization in fully integrating diversity and inclusion into day-to-day business practices. A brown-bag lunch meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 5, at noon in Bldg. 50B-4205. More>

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For Payne, Mentoring Native American Students Means Better Science

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. We profile Christopher Payne, a researcher in the Energy Technologies Area, who is committed to mentoring Native American students and encouraging them to pursue careers in science.

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Lab Honors Military Veterans

Every Nov. 11 the nation observes Veterans Day to pay respects to those who have served the country in the armed forces. Here we share the stories of two Lab veterans, Sandra Miarecki (Nuclear Science), and Chip Kozy (Engineering). The Directorate hosted a luncheon for veterans on Nov. 1.

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Nov. 8 Screening of ‘Honor Flight’ in Honor of Veteran’s Day

The Lab’s Veteran’s Employee Resource Group and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will screen “Honor Flight” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The movie chronicles a mid-west community coming together to send World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials built in their honor. More>

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Video: Jeanine Cook on Her Life in a Wheelchair and Improving Access for All

Cook, a computer scientist at Sandia Lab in New Mexico, and Jon Bashor, who oversees communications for the Lab’s Computing Sciences Area, sat down for a conversation on Oct. 24. She shared engaging and humorous stories about her efforts to plow through obstacles, both accidental and intentional. Watch>

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