The WD&E BLAZES workshop — Tuesday, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — is for employees who are interested in volunteering for the BLAZES program. Attendees will learn about hands-on science activities conducted with students during their BLAZES visit. Register online online on or before Monday, Oct. 24.
An American Red Cross blood drive takes place Thursday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria lot. Go here to schedule an appointment (Sponsor Code “LBL”). Walk-ins are also welcome. Save time by using RapidPass.
In September two researchers from Africa visited Berkeley Lab as part of the State Department’s TechWomen program — an international exchange that brings emerging women leaders in STEM from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the U.S. More>
Workforce Development & Education’s BLAZES program, the Lab’s onsite-workshop for Bay Area fifth grade classes, is resuming soon. Volunteers are sought to conduct hands on activities Mondays to Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Review the BLAZES Volunteer Calendar and sign up for the date(s) you are available to volunteer.
A new SHARES website allows staff to make donations through payroll deductions, or one-off donations directly to preferred charities. Payroll deductions are not pre-tax, and requests are due by Nov. 14. Gifts to the Berkeley Lab Foundation support the Lawrence Diversity Fellowships, with funding to attract outstanding postdocs from underrepresented groups.
On Sept. 19 WD&E hosted its Volunteer Recognition Reception, which recognized all employees who have volunteered for mentoring, outreach, and education programs. The event also highlighted accomplishments in FY16, and provided information about upcoming volunteer opportunities. Go here for more information on volunteering for WD&E programs.
Launched in 2014, EERE International’s South Africa Clean Energy Project brings together experts from the U.S. and South Africa, including Lab researchers, led by ETA’s Charlie Curcija. They use DOE-developed software to analyze typical building structures in South Africa, specifically looking at the building envelope to determine their energy efficiency and locate opportunities to improve. More>
On Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m., WD&E will host a workshop for employees interested in volunteering for the BLAZES program. Attendees will learn or get a refresher on the hands-on science activities conducted with the students during their BLAZES visit. Lunch will be provided. Register before Thursday, Sept. 29.
The Workforce Development & Education office is hosting a “Science Outreach in the Classroom” workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m, for Lab employees who are interested in volunteering to conduct science outreach in a classroom or school setting. Lunch will be provided. Register online by Thursday, Sept. 22.
At a recent meeting of the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA), the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education (WD&E) led team-building activities for 30 attendees, using hands-on activities from the BLISS Resource Center. Participants explored “Solids, Gases, and Liquids” and “Paper Circuits,” working together to engineer solutions.