Today at Berkeley Lab

Biosciences Co-Hosts STEM Career Awareness Day

Several Biosciences researchers and staff participated in the 2016 East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day on April 27 in West Berkeley. Nearly three hundred East Bay high school students participated, learning about the effect of carcinogens on human breast cells and why fruit flies are model organisms, and using microscopes to view cell division, among other activities. More>

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Lab Participates in First DOE STEM Mentoring Cafe in California

The event took place at the Chabot Space & Science Center on April 20, and featured “show and tell” stations where volunteers engaged with youngsters. Lab volunteers included Erin Fong, Christine Naca, Behzad Rad, Maryann Villavert, and Carlos Serrano-Pareja. More>

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Volunteers Represent the Lab at Largest Science Festival in the Nation

More than 350,000 attended the recent USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. Tracy Mattox, Laura Chen, Theresa Short, Christine Shulse, Tokiwa Smith, and Susan Brady Wells (pictured), staffed the Lab’s booth, which featured microscopic explorations, comparisons of incandescent, fluorescent and LED lights, and an ALS activity with a paper model giveaway. More>

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Researcher Uses Her Expertise to Help Women Grow Food in Zimbabwe

The women in Mazvihwa grow their vegetables near the river to irrigate the crops, but they must carry buckets down the steep riverbanks to fill them and then back up 30-foot slopes with the buckets on their heads. Naama Raz-Yaseef of the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division is helping them develop a more efficient watering system. More>

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Red Cross Blood Drive on April 21

Spring break and holiday schedules can impact donor availability and the blood supply. Do your part by donating on Thursday, April 21, when The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the cafeteria parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Schedule an appointment here (enter Sponsor Code “LBL”). Walk-ins are also welcome.

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Seeking Scientists and Engineers for Community Mentorship Events

In an effort to promote STEM outreach to the next generation, Lab scientists and engineers are encouraged to participate in one of several community mentorship events this spring, including the Chabot Space & Science Center on April 20, Amador Valley High School on April 21, and Oakland Unified School District on April 27. More>

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Lab’s Disability Inclusion Group Volunteers for Disability Rights Museum

Members of Berkeley Lab’s “All Access” Employee Resource Group volunteered for the first West Coast stop of the Disability Rights Museum on Wheels on March 31. The museum is an accessible, self-contained motor vehicle that features interactive learning opportunities and emerging technologies, and provides an opportunity to learn about the history of the disability rights movement. More>

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Daughters and Sons to Work Day is April 21

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 21. DSTW is open to children ages 9 to 16 and costs $30 per child. Go here to see a schedule of events, register, or sign up as a volunteer.

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DOE Hosts STEM Mentoring Café at Chabot Space & Science on April 20

This program is an interagency effort to engage middle school students in STEM and their teachers with federal STEM professionals, through speed mentoring sessions. Lab volunteers are sought to serve as mentors at the April 20 event. More>

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Watch Bill Collins’ Science at the Theater Talk on Climate Change

In a conversation with Public Affair’s Jeff Miller, Bill Collins, an internationally recognized expert in climate modeling and climate change science, discusses what we know about climate change, how we know it, and what we can do about it. More>

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