Today at Berkeley Lab

Bubble Festival Workshop for BLISS Volunteers on Monday

Employees are invited to attend the workshop on Monday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Learn how to conduct activities with families at community events and guide students in grades K-6 to explore surface tension, shape and patterns with bubbles. Registration required. Lunch provided.

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Lab Physics Chart Makes Cameo on The Big Bang Theory

Hit TV show features newest version of the Fundamental Particles and Interactions chart, a visualization that represents the major research findings in particle physics over the years. More>

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SHARES 2014: Annual Giving Campaign Runs From Oct. 13 to Nov. 28

For the 17th year, Berkeley Lab is sponsoring a charitable giving campaign called Berkeley Lab SHARES. Employees can pledge online, or fill out this donation form to pay by check or take a payroll deduction. Send completed donation forms (with check if applicable) to Bldg. 971-PR by Friday, Dec. 5 in order to meet the early cut-off payroll deadline. Go here to view a donor resource guide.

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Public Affairs Hosts Lab Booth at Oakland’s First Friday

Staff displayed ‘science art’ at the event, which draws thousands to downtown Oakland on the first Friday of every month for an “immersive art and community experience.” Visitors were asked to guess what the various images were, and encouraged to ask science questions that will be answered at the Science at the Theater event on Oct. 8. A video will be made of the Q&A, which will be posted in TABL.

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Campus Hosts ‘Big Ideas” Student Competition

Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas” in areas such as energy, data, health, food, and information technology. Pre-proposals are due Nov. 13. More>

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JGI, UC Merced Launch Summer Graduate Internship Program

The eight-week, summer program challenges UC Merced graduate students with individual projects at the Joint Genome Institute that offer hands-on experience in cutting-edge genome research and apply experimental and computation tools to solve research problems. These students were the first participants in the program. More>

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LIGTT’s “50 Breakthroughs” Study Presented at USAID Conference

LBNL Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies Executive Director Shashi Buluswar, presented the Institute’s forthcoming “50 Breakthroughs” study last week at a USAID conference in Washington, D.C. The study describes 50 scientific and technological breakthroughs most critical to sustainable global development. Other conference speakers included John Kerry, Kofi Annan, and Christine Lagarde. More>

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Lab Makes Three Permanent Hires Through Project SEARCH

The NERSC, Engineering, and Physical Biosciences divisions have permanently hired employees through Project SEARCH, which provides job training to individuals with developmental disabilities. Lab managers interested in participating can contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Entry-level positions beyond administrative roles can be explored. More>

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Participants Sought for Diversity Cultural Festival on Oct. 30

Individuals or groups are invited to share traditional dress, music, dance, games, and more at the event, which celebrates our community’s many cultures and backgrounds. Fill out this form if you are interested in performing or contributing. The Diversity and Inclusion Council is sponsoring the festival, now in its 4th year. Send e-mail here for more information.

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Share Engaging Science Activities with Visiting Fifth Graders

Attend a Sept. 22 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. The BLAZES on-site program runs from October to May. Registration for the workshop is required. More>

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