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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Berkeley Lab Participates in Alaska National Lab Day

To raise awareness about collaborating with national labs, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and the University of Alaska Fairbanks hosted Alaska National Lab Day. Lab Director Mike Witherell helped explain “What is a National Lab?” ETA researcher Peter Larsen spoke on energy solutions, and Elsie Quaite-Randall (Intellectual Property Office) discussed entrepreneurship.

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District Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee Visits Berkeley Lab

Tatyana Kalinga (left), district director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recently visited Berkeley Lab for the first time. She received an overview of the Lab from Director Witherell, was briefed on the Lab’s international clean energy collaborations, and toured NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and the Advanced Light Source. Kalinga previously worked for the congresswoman for 11 years in her Washington, D.C. office.

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Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Leadership Visits Berkeley Lab

Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon and the Government and Community Relations Office recently hosted leadership from the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative to discuss common goals in the effort to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges around energy and the environment. The group learned about the Lab’s history and mission, and toured the Advanced Light Source.

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State Science Council Issues Field Guide to Federal Labs in California

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) — established to assist state legislators with science-related policy issues — recently unveiled a guide on “Federal Labs and Research Centers Benefiting California.” The guide highlights research at DOE and NASA labs, including Berkeley Lab, and outlines how CCST and state labs can support government decision-making. More>

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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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Lab User Facilities Participate in SSURF Capitol Hill Exhibition

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hosted a User Science Exhibition last month. The Society for the Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) — which includes the Lab’s Molecular Foundry, NERSC, Joint Genome Institute, ESnet, and the Advanced Light Source — hosted exhibits and demos of their research and conveyed the positive impact of user facilities.

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Institute for STEM Education Seeks Volunteers for Career Awareness Day

Cal State East Bay’s Institute for STEM Education is seeking volunteers for its April 26 Career Awareness Day, during which high school students from Berkeley, Emeryville, Richmond, and Oakland learn about STEM careers from local leaders. The event includes tours, exhibits, and a networking luncheon. Go here for details, or contact Janiene Langford.

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Maxon Testifies Before House Committee on National Labs, U.S. Competitiveness

On March 14, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Mary Maxon testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space & Technology. During the hearing, Maxon pointed to the national laboratories’ ability to address national mission needs through their user facilities, expertise in scientific research, and partnerships with universities and industry. The full testimony can be found here.

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Director Witherell Meets With Governor Brown

Director Witherell recently joined directors of California’s DOE and NASA labs in a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown. They discussed an array of topics including clean energy, climate, and water. Witherell and Associate Lab Director Susan Hubbard also met with Sen. Nancy Skinner, Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, Cal-EPA Secretary Matt Rodriguez, and others.

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