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Local Second Graders Learn About Computers During Recent Visit

The IT Division hosted students from LeConte Elementary School in Berkeley. The kids learned about computer software, hardware, and networking, through various hands-on activities. Among the volunteer mentors was IT’s Tammy Campbell (pictured). The annual event aims to motivate youngsters to pursue their interest and education in IT and computing.

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Lab Participates in Clean Energy Ministerial Showcase June 1-2

The event will feature nearly 100 innovative companies and technologies in San Francisco’s Union Square. The Lab’s booth includes energy integration demos, including control system sequencing, interoperability, and model predictive control across buildings and transport. Also scheduled is a STEM teacher training, Science at the Theater, and tours of the Lab and JBEI. More>

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‘Veterans Day on the Job’ Hosted by VERG

Berkeley Lab’s Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG) and the Diversity and Inclusion Office recently hosted a “Veterans’ Day on the Job” event for participants in the Npower program. The event included a tour, career workshop, and networking session. More>

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NERSC’s Friesen Helps Calculate Chances of Surviving Zombie Apocalypse

Hugo Villanueva, a high school student in Southern California, was trying to crunch the numbers himself, but is handheld calculator wasn’t up to the task. So he wrote a letter to Cray Inc. asking for help. The company arranged for a visit to the high school, and brought along NERSC’s Brian Friesen to assist. More>

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Lab Scientists Participate in Maker Faire May 20 to 22

The Lab will have an “Ask-a-Scientist” booth at the event, which takes place at the San Mateo Event Center. Other DOE labs, EERE, and ARPA-E, and the DOE Office of Technology Transitions will also have a presence. Go here to view profiles of some of the Lab’s participating scientists. More>

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Another Successful Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

On April 23, over 200 girl and boy scouts and their leaders participated in the 6th annual Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Nuclear Science Division, the Advanced Light Source and Workforce Development & Education department co-sponsored this event. Go here to view images from the event, and here for tweets.

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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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