Today at Berkeley Lab

Advancing Education for Tomorrow’s Building Technicians

The Energy Technologies Area hosted an annual institute to advance education for tomorrow’s building technicians. Faculty from community colleges attended “Learning by Doing in Building Technician Education: New Technologies, Teaching Strategies, and Lab Applications.” Using hands-on activities, the group learned about ensuring building comfort and functionality while saving energy. More>

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Volunteer for Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

The Nuclear Science Division, Advanced Light Source, and Workforce Development & Education are hosting the annual Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on April 29. Full and half-day assignments are available. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and full-day volunteers will have lunch provided. Register here. See photos from last year.

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CANCELED: Blood Drive Feb. 16; Amazon Gift Card for Donors

Help the American Red Cross fight a winter blood shortage. Blood drive takes place on Feb. 16, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria lot. Donors receive a $5 Amazon gift card. Go here to schedule an appointment (sponsor code “LBL”). Walk-ins are also welcome. Use RapidPass to expedite the registration process.

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Seeking Lab Ambassadors to Advance Outreach Efforts

Berkeley Lab’s Ambassador Program is looking for participants to help advance the Lab’s outreach efforts to underrepresented groups. Diversity and Inclusion Office and Workforce Development and Education will fund travel and registration, while the Division covers the Ambassador’s time. For a list of our outreach conferences, and for more information, click here.

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WD&E Hosts Feb. 13 Science Outreach Workshop for Lab Employees

Workforce Development & Education is hosting the workshop in partnership with Community Resources for Science to provide staff interested in outreach in a classroom setting. Topics will include classroom management, learning the concepts and hands-on activities for the lesson, tips for implementing the lesson, etc. Register here. Deadline is Feb. 9

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Need A Summer Intern? Contact WD&E Office

Workforce Development & Education is seeking mentors for summer internship programs, which run June 5 through August 4. Applications are currently available online for review. Go here for more information.

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From the Reservation, to UC Berkeley, to Berkeley Lab, to UC Professor

Franklin Dollar grew up on a small Pomo Indian reservation near Geyserville, with no running water, electricity, or internet access. He had a great science teacher who pushed him towards college. As a student at UC Berkeley, he got a job at Berkeley Lab via the UC Leadership Excellence Through Advanced Degrees Program. Now he’s a physics and astronomy professor at UC Irvine. More>

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JBEI and ABPDU Raise Funds for Local Food Bank

In an effort to raise awareness about food insecurity in Alameda County, JBEI and ABPDU organized a fund drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. A total of $2,514 was raised for a virtual food drive. In addition more than five barrels of non-perishable foods were contributed by JBEI and ABPDU employees.

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Chabot Space & Science Seek Volunteers; Orientation on Feb. 18

A volunteer orientation takes place Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers make earth and space science come alive for visitors through interactive and hands-on experiences. A one-year commitment of eight hours per month is required. More>

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Applications for 2017 iCLEM Program Are Now Open

JBEI’s iCLEM program offers paid summer science experience to current sophomores and juniors in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco schools. Selected students will complete a real-world biofuels research project in a state-of-the-art lab, prepare for the college admissions process, and explore STEM careers. Application deadline is March 12. More>

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