The Engineering Division’s Tom Lipton knows how to attract a crowd like a magnet — literally. He gave a talk on making superconducting magnets at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2013, which took place last week at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. The “do-it-yourself” festival brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors, who display what they’ve made and to share what they’ve learned. Lipton’s talk described how to make a large superconducting magnet — from wire making to magnet assembly. These magnets are used in high-energy physics to steer beams of particles. Pictured are Lipton and superconducting cable.
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Students in the Oakland Unified School District will display their science projects at the Chabot Space and Science Center tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. The event includes a reception, activities, exhibits, and planetarium shows. The son of Lab employee Rod Clark (Nuclear Science) will be there with his project, called “Flaming Hot Junk Food.” Do you have a child participating in the science fair? If so, let us know what they are exhibiting in the comments section.
Lab employees interested in assisting the Lawrence Hall of Science or the Chabot Space and Science Center with their education outreach efforts are invited to attend upcoming volunteer orientation sessions. The Hall of Science will host their meeting on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Go here to register. The Chabot Science Center will host their orientation on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Send e-mail here to register.
Fat is one of the most important elements of food when it comes to flavor, cooking, and nutrition, but few of us know the reasons why. In an effort to change that, and to share his love of both chemistry and cooking, materials scientist Matt Francis recently gave a lively introduction to the chemistry of fat at the Actual Café in Oakland. More>
Employees who enjoy the great outdoors are invited to join Materials Sciences Division employees on Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, to participate in Garber Park Restoration Day. The 13-acre park is located in the hills behind the Claremont Hotel. Volunteers will help park stewards remove non-native plants (which helps fire prevention) and cage baby buckeye, maple and oak trees to prevent destruction by deer. Send e-mail here to sign up. More>
Employees are encouraged to invite their high-school aged children to attend the next Nano-High lecture on “Bad Sugars: Addictive and Hazardous to Your Health.” The talk, presented by UC San Francisco professor Robert Lustig, takes place tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in 1 Pimentel Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Lustig is a world leader in the study of nutrition-based metabolic disease and in particular the role of excess sugar in the disruption of normal metabolism. He says the “wrong” kinds of foods can lead to premature aging, debilitating diseases, and shortened lifespan. More>
The Lab’s Ukulele Club performed at the Rotary Club of Solano Sunset’s First Annual Luau Fundraiser last week, to raise money for the Omega Boys and Girls Club and an international service project. Members (l-r) Lorraine Dowling, Olga Poblete, Lida Gifford, Lorenza Gibson, Christie Canaria, Neli Lopez, and Robert Fox were presented with medallions for demonstrating the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” The Ukulele Club has a strong commitment to Lab and community service, says President Lida Gifford, having performed at Open House, elderly care facilities, fundraisers, and church festivals, among other activities. Contact her (x2563) for more information on the Ukulele Club.
Lab employees interested in sharing physical science activities with students are invited to participate in an upcoming workshop, Secret Formulas. Learn to guide first graders as they investigate the properties of substances and make their own personal brands of paste, toothpaste, and ice cream. The activities provide experiences with chemistry, cause and effect, and build understanding central to controlled experimentation. The workshop is part of the Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education Berkeley Lab in School Settings (BLISS) program. It takes place on Monday, May 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Registration is required. Lunch is provided.
Last Thursday, 112 children between ages 9 and 16 visited the Lab as part of Daughters and Sons to Work Day, a national program to bring youngsters to the workplace to explore possible careers opportunities. Attendees participated in a number of science-related activities, as well as an exercise in sustainability, where teenagers learned about waste diversion practices. Participants represented 39 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, and eight high schools from 17 different school districts. This was the 19th year the Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education has organized this event. More>
After being granted observer status at the United Nations in December – observers can sponsor and sign resolutions, among other privileges, but not vote — CERN’s first official act was to send three women graduate students to a March meeting of the Economic and Social Council to offer recommendations on women in science. The 10 recommendations included three on how to attract young women to science, three on how to increase the number of women hired, and four on how to encourage women to stay in scientific careers. Details of the recommendations appear in symmetry magazine.