Today at Berkeley Lab

EESA’s Lopez Combines Rap and Science to Mentor Youngsters

Robin Lopez recently presented his original hip-hop music video, “Flows in Hydrogeology” at the Geological Society of America 2016 Conference. López, a lifelong resident of Richmond, was inspired to create the video as a way to connect with the youth he mentors at Richmond-based nonprofit Metas. More>

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JBEI Hosts Fall Undergraduate Poster Session

The Dec. 9 event celebrated the end of the semester and highlighted the research projects of JBEI undergraduates. A contest was held for best poster and best oral presentation. After intense deliberations by the judges, Vy Ngo (Feedstocks) won Best Poster and Danika Nimlos (Fuels Synthesis) won Best Oral Presentation. More>

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Red Cross Blood Drive on Dec. 15

The Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Perseverance Hall from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go here to schedule an appointment (Sponsor Code “LBL”). Walk-ins are also welcome. Save time by using RapidPass.

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Postdoc Association Sponsors Toy Drive for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

The Lab’s Postdoc Association is collecting toys and gifts for the UCSF Benioff Children’s hospital. Gifts are sought for infants and toddler, pre-school and school age kids, as well as pre-teens and teenagers. Go here to view a list of suggested gifts. Gifts can be dropped in the box next to the Holiday tree at the entrance of the cafeteria.

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Berkeley Food & Housing Project Donation Drive Dec. 6 to 19

Staff are invited to donate unopened food and unused personal items (towels, toiletries, socks, underwear, t-shirts, sweat pants, sheets, blankets) to the collection barrel in the cafeteria lobby Dec. 6 to 19. Go here for a detailed wish list. A rep for BFHP will attend the Dec. 16 holiday party. BFHP works to ease and end the crisis of homelessness.

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ATAP Researchers Reach Out at APS-DPP Meeting

At the annual meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics, researchers from the Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division could be found not only in the technical sessions but also in the science-outreach expo booth. Organizations host booths to educate and engage the public about plasma physics and other sciences. More>

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ETA’s Cairns Gives Talk on Sulfur at Exploratorium Nov. 17

Elton Cairns, researcher in the Energy Storage Group, will speak about sulfur at “Everything Matters,” a monthly series that focuses on elements. Cairns will discuss work with Li/S cells in the Energy Technologies Area at Berkeley Lab. These cells could be the next generation of high specific energy cells that could supersede the Li-Ion cells now used. More>

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JBEI volunteers at Bay Area Science Festival

For a second year, JBEI collaborated with the Bay Area Science Festival, the largest science education event in the Bay Area. JBEI hosted an Explorer Day on Oct. 27 for the public which included a tour of its labs, and on Nov. 5 JBEI’s volunteers participated at BASF’s Discovery Day at AT&T Park. JBEI’s booth featured activities to help raise awareness about the benefits of biofuels. More>

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ETA’s Christian Kohler Aspires to Serve

After a brief volunteering trip in Nicaragua, Christian Kohler, the deputy head of the Building Technologies Department in the Energy Technologies Area, and his wife decided to take a year off from work and the comforts of home to live a full-time life of volunteering abroad, this time in India and Nepal, just in time to assist after a devastating earthquake there. More>

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Chabot Space & Science Center Seeks Volunteers

A volunteer orientation takes place Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers make earth and space science come alive for visitors through interactive and hands-on experiences. Shifts include Wednesday through Sundays. A one-year commitment of eight hours per month is required. More>

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