Today at Berkeley Lab

Computing’s Ushizima Committed to Coding Outreach

Between her responsibilities as a staff scientist, deputy lead for the Data Analytics and Visualization Group, and a fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, it seems Daniela Ushizima would look forward to time away from computers. But she often spends a full day teaching young women about computers, coding, robotics, and careers in STEM. More>

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Share Engaging Science Activities With Visiting Fifth Graders

Attend a March 31 workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to learn how to guide fifth graders as they investigate properties of matter through hands-on science activities related to states of matter, electricity, and thermal conductivity of metals. This is the last workshop for 2014-15. Registration is required.

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Former NERSC Consultant Mentors Math, Computer Science Students

Frank Hale recently brought a group of computer science enthusiasts from Diablo Valley College (DVC) to NERSC for a tour. They were hosted by Elizabeth Bautista; heard talks from Richard Gerber, David Skinner and Jack DeSlippe on high performance computing and how it is used at NERSC to enable a broad range of science; and took a tour of the machine room. More>

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Lab Researcher Will Bicycle Across the Country for Science

What started off as a joke between two undergraduate physics students will soon culminate in an ambitious endeavor called Cycle for Science, a two-woman science education team that will traverse the U.S. starting April 17. Lab research associate Rachel Woods-Robinson and science journalist Elizabeth Case will visit schools across the country, teaching fun science lessons and profiling science teachers, all while serving as female role models with the hope of attracting girls to science. More>

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Darfur Stove Featured in KQED e-Book “Saving the World With Cookstoves”

Berkeley Lab’s story of designing a new stove for families in developing countries is the first in KQED’s new “Engineering Is…” series of e-books that focus on the intersection of engineering and science. The book is aimed at middle and high school students. The ebook is accessible for free on any device that can go online—computers, tablets, and smartphones. More>

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JBEI’s Pam Ronald To Be a TED2015 Speaker

Pam Ronald, JBEI’s Director of Grass Genetics, will give a talk at TED2015 Truth or Dare, taking place in Vancouver March 16-19. Ronald’s laboratory has engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa. More>

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Retiree Ken Woolfe Adds Talents to Local Children’s Theater Production

After 33 years as a electronic engineer at the Advanced Light Source, Woolfe (right) is using his new-found spare time to headline the East Bay Children’s Theatre’s production of the musical “There’s No Business Like Shoe Business.” He plays a kindly cobbler who gets tricked by the wicked Leather Monger. More>

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Lab Booths at AAAS a Big Hit

Evocative 3D video from ALS research, a futuristic-looking IceCube neutrino detector, and a inspiring video loop capturing the breadth of the Lab’s scientific endeavors, among other attractions, brought hundreds of visitors over the three-day event. Over the weekend, Workforce Development and Education wowed with hands-on activities. More>

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5 Big Questions Answered at March 23 Science at the Theater

Every discovery and invention starts with a question. From wave energy to dark energy, come see Lab scientists dive into the big questions that drive their research. The event takes place at the Berkeley Repertory Theater from 7 to 9 p.m. Go here for more information and to RSVP.

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Judges Needed for March 21 Alameda County Science Fair

Lab researchers are invited to serve as judges for the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 21, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free parking, breakfast, lunch, and snacks/beverages will be provided. Go here to sign up. For more information, contact Paul Mirkarimi.

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