Working with the group Software Carpentry, whose mission is to teach researchers basic lab skills for scientific computing, the Lab held a software bootcamp for Women in Science and Engineering. More than 150 women, mostly grad students and postdocs and some from industry, attended the two-day session at the Lab this week, learning about Python, SQL, Git and other software tools that can help them become more productive in their research. Afterwards, the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education hosted a reception to reach out to participants about internship and other educational opportunities offered by the Lab.
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Rosio Alvarez, the Lab’s Chief Information Officer, hosted a reception at her home for the Chicana/Latina Foundation, which brought together undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and recent Ph.D.s along with Lab scientists to discuss educational and research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Lab scientists included Susana Gonzalez Fernandez-Nino, Amanda Reider Apel, Lorena Mora Blanco, Eva Nogales, and Dani Ushizima. Alvarez noted: “In order to create greater access and opportunities for women and other under-represented groups in the STEM fields, having role models and engaged mentors throughout your career continues to matter.” All in attendance expressed an interest in having this event serve as the basis for future networking opportunities.
On April 24 at 11 a.m., join several scientists from the Earth Sciences Division in a Hangout on Air that will take you from above the Arctic Circle in Alaska to Berkeley Lab. Along the way, you’ll learn how and why scientists study permafrost to better understand the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem — and what may happen to it as the climate changes. Participating scientists include Craig Ulrich from Alaska, Tim Kneafsey from a CT scanning lab in Building 74, and Romy Chakraborty and Neslihan Tas from a microbiology lab in Building 70. Go here to watch the hangout.
Lab volunteers are needed to help with Daughters and Sons to Work Day(DSTW) on Thursday, April 24. Assist with hands-on activities during the Science Festival, chaperone a group of school-aged guests, or help with workshops and other duties throughout the day. Volunteers receive a free lunch and Berkeley Lab volunteer t-shirt. To help with one of the Lab’s most popular annual events, complete the Volunteer Registration Form. Learn more about the activities and schedule here.
The Joint BioEnergy Institute was one of several institutions who partnered with the Institute for STEM Education at CSU East Bay to hold the annual STEM Career Awareness Day for 160 local high school students and teachers (Berkeley, Emery, Castlemont, and Skyline High Schools) on April 11. The event provided participants an inside look at East Bay science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. JBEI researchers Emilie Rennie (second from left), Pouya Javidpour (far left), and Sarah Rodriguez (right) were on hand to talk with students and teachers about potential career paths, answer questions about their educational backgrounds as well as showcase JBEI’s innovation and technology. (Pictured second from right is Azure Stewart of CSU East Bay.)
Biophysicist Jill Fuss of the Life Sciences Division participated in a one-hour Twitter conversation last week sponsored by DOE and the YWCA. The Tweet-up on April 8, recognized as Equal Pay Day, was to highlight the fact that jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can reduce the pay gap between women and men, as women in STEM see a narrower gender wage gap. Fuss fielded questions on everything from childcare responsibilities to getting more girls into science. A summary of the chat can be found in this Storify post.
Employees are invited to bring a youngster, be it a family member, relative, or friend, to the Lab for Daughters and Sons to Work Day (DSTW) on Thursday, April 24. The event includes hands-on experiments, a science festival, lunch, and an ice cream social, among other activities. DSTW is open to children ages 9 to16 and cost is $30 per child. Go here for additional information, including registration and volunteer opportunities.
Sustainable Berkeley Lab is looking for volunteers on or around Earth Day (April 22) to help advance three sustainability initiatives. Volunteer for the “Bathroom Brigade” if you want to deploy water conservation stickers and complete an inventory of bathroom fixtures on the main site. This activity is an important first step in the Lab’s Water Action Plan. Volunteer to collect unwanted personal electronics for recycling through a partnership with the U.S. Postal Service. Volunteer for “Fume Hood Watch” if you work in a lab with a fume hood and are interested in taking a huge step to reduce your lab’s carbon footprint. Sign-ups are available here.
The Lab is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, April 15. The Bloodmobile will be parked at the Cafeteria parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register for an appointment here (sponsor code is LBL). Walk-ins are welcome as well. For questions, contact Marissa Smithwick (x6088).
The Lab’s Nuclear Science Division, Advanced Light Source, and Workforce Development & Education are hosting a Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on June 7. This annual event is regularly oversubscribed by hundreds each year, and has attracted youths from as far as southern California. Those available to volunteer at the event can go here to sign up. More information on the event is available here. Contact Alan Poon (x2467) for more information.