Today at Berkeley Lab

Director’s Message on the Lab’s Commitment to Diversity

In light of the recent diversity issue at Google, Director Witherell reminds staff that the Lab is committed to giving women the opportunity to do great work here in every area — research, operations, facilities, and leadership. The Lab will continue working to improve the environment for all employees, both because it is the right thing to do and because it makes us a more productive laboratory. More>

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Undergraduate Internship Programs Accepting Applications for Spring 2018

Applications for the Community College Internship and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship programs are now open. These programs encourage undergraduate students to pursue STEM careers by providing them with research experience at Department of Energy national laboratories on projects supporting the DOE mission. Learn more here.

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IT’s Soledad Toledano to Help Build, Manage Superfast Network at SC17

Toledano, a member of Berkeley Lab’s cyber security group, is one of six women who work in IT at research institutions around the U.S. chosen to participate in the “Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS)” program. She is helping to build and operate SCinet, the very high capacity network for the SC17 conference in November. More>

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Open House for Employee Resource Groups on August 15

The Diversity and Inclusion Office will host an open house/brown-bag lunch for all staff to learn more about Berkeley Lab’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) on Tuesday, August 15, from noon-1 p.m., in the Building 50 auditorium. Berkeley Lab currently has four ERGs. Learn more here.

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Feedback Requested for Inclusion Talk by Steve Robbins

The Diversity and Inclusion Office is requesting feedback from employees who attended Steve Robbins’ talk, “Your Brain Is Good at Inclusion… Except When It’s Not” on July 26 or 27. Responses will help the Lab plan for future events. Deadline for comments is Monday, August 7. Go here to submit your feedback.

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Lab Employees Invited to Watch Inclusion Videos, Play Game, Win A Prize

As a follow-up to the talk given by Steve Robbins on July 26-27, the Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) is launching an inclusion program called “Inclusion Starts with a Conversation.” The DIO, along with the Diversity and Inclusion Council, invite all staff to watch the inclusion videos and play the “Inclusion Insights” game. Collect all of the cards to win individual and Division prizes.

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Competition Helped Biosciences Intern Reavelyn Pray Find Her Place in Science

Pray was taught that students like her didn’t become scientists. But thanks to landing first place in the National Science Foundation’s Community College Innovation Challenge, and help from the scientific community, Pray – now an intern with the Lab’s Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division – is a lot further along toward her goal than the naysayers ever thought possible. More>

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‘Your Brain Is Good at Inclusion … Except When It’s Not’ Talk July 26-27

In continuing efforts to enhance the work environment, Berkeley Lab has invited Dr. Steve Robbins ­– a leading expert on diversity and inclusion – to lead a presentation on July 26 and 27 in the Building 50 auditorium. Registration is required. Click here to learn more.

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Lab Contingent Marches Proudly in San Francisco Pride Parade

The parade theme was the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” The Lab contingent — which included about 30 employees and their friends and family, as well as staff from Sandia Lab — celebrated “Love for Science and Diversity.” The Lab’s parade participation was organized by the Lambda Alliance. See photos here. Send an email to learn more about or join the group.

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Pride Month Screening of ‘Trembling Before G-d’ on June 29

This documentary film chronicles gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews trying to reconcile their sexuality with their faith. It will be screened at noon on Thursday, June 29, in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54). Popcorn will be provided. For those who need to work, feel free to bring your computer and sit in the back of the room. More>

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