PBS NewsHour recently launched a series on basic research that tries to capture the reasons why scientists have chosen their fields. As part of this, they’re asking students to submit very short videos in which they discuss why they decided to engage in basic research. What about it excites you? If you’re a student at Berkeley Lab who’d like to participate, go here. If you’d like assistance, the Public Affairs social media team can help. Contact Kelly Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is this Friday (March 14).
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Jill Fuss of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division participated in a March 5 Google+ Hangout that showcased how women in STEM are changing the world, and addressed the shortage of women and girls engaged in STEM fields. The event, organized by NASA and the Energy Department, featured Fuss and three other women scientists and engineers answering questions from a classroom and online viewers.
There’s an old axiom that you can’t be what you can’t see. Perhaps if you think about what inspired you to enter into your current job, or line of study, you’ll recognize a role model or two that inspired you to take your current path. That’s why NASA and the Energy Department are teaming up on Wednesday, March 5, at 1p.m. EST to host a Google+ Hangout, showcasing women in STEM that are changing the world and addressing the serious shortage of women and girls engaged in STEM fields in the United States, and showcasing strong role models for students of all genders. Among the scientists featured is Jill Fuss of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division. More>
Participate in an upcoming volunteer workshop for the Berkeley Lab Adventure Zone in Elementary Science (BLAZES) program. Learn to guide visiting 5th graders as they investigate properties of matter through hands-on science activities related to states of matter, electricity, and thermal conductivity of metals. BLAZES is an onsite program for which volunteers are needed daily from October until mid-May. You choose the date(s) when you can volunteer. The time commitment is from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the day(s) you volunteer. The workshop will be held, March 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 7-211. Registration required.
If you have a technical background, consider volunteering to judge at the upcoming Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday March 22, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Judges will be provided free parking, breakfast and lunch, as well as beverages and snacks and a parting gift. With a record number of student projects, judges are very much needed. Go here to sign up. For more information, contact Paul Mirkarimi.
The Public Affairs Office hosted the Lab’s first-ever, live-streamed, virtual tour of three User Facilities yesterday. Students from local classrooms, as well as members of the public, joined Dula Parkinson at the Advanced Light Source, Deirdre Olynick at the Molecular Foundry, and Jim Ciston of the Center for Electron Microscopy. They explained their research at the facilities and answered questions from viewers. Send comments or suggestions for future virtual field trips to Public Affairs social media specialist Kelly Owen.
More than 270 children and parents from Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond recently enjoyed an evening of science activities provided by 22 Berkeley Lab volunteers. Participants peered into microscopes, explored bubbles with straws and strings, and investigated the mysterious properties of oobleck, a mixture of cornstarch and water. Part of the Lab’s ongoing outreach in Richmond, the event was supported by Workforce Development & Education’s Berkeley Lab In School Settings (BLISS) program in collaboration with Washington’s Parent and Teacher Association. Those who volunteered for the event are pictured.
A new consortium among UC Berkeley, UCLA, Caltech, and Stanford aims to remedy a seemingly intractable nationwide problem: too few underrepresented minority Ph.D. students in the mathematical, physical and computer sciences and in engineering are advancing to postdoctoral and faculty ranks at top-tier research universities. The group has launched the project with a $2.2 million grant, which the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided to increase diversity in these targeted STEM fields at both universities and national labs. More>
Know a middle school girl who is interested in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM fields)? If so, UC Berkeley is hosting an event on March 15 just for them. Participants will hear from professors, graduate students, and industry professionals covering biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and other STEM-related fields. Registration begins Monday, Feb. 17 for this popular event, sponsored by the Expanding Your Horizons Network. More>
Berkeley Lab is hosting a live “virtual field trip” today at 1 p.m. as part of a new series of Google hangouts called Connected Classrooms. During the live hangout on air, two Bay Area classrooms will take a virtual tour of the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, and the National Center for Electron Microscopy, with Dula Parkinson, Deirdre Olynick, and Jim Ciston servings as tour guides. Viewers can watch the hangout on air and ask questions here. The event will also be archived on Berkeley Lab’s YouTube channel.