Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Researchers Participate in Career Panel for Rising Sun Energy Center

For the second year in a row, Lab scientists spoke to about 200 participants from the Rising Sun Energy Center’s California Youth Energy Services program about their STEM career paths. Organized by the Lab’s Government and Community Relations office and Workforce Development & Education office, the event featured Robin Lopez (EESA), Jose Sierra (NERSC), and Sarah Richardson (Cyclotron Road Cohort 3).

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Lab Hosts Computational Science Graduate Fellows This Year

The Lab is hosting eight Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellows, representing some of the nation’s brightest graduate students in computational science. Each fellow is pursuing a doctoral degree in a field that uses high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. More>

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Physics Division Hosts QuarkNet Workshop

The Physics Division recently hosted the twelfth “Physics In and Through Cosmology” workshop for physics teachers and highly motivated high school students with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Thirty-five students and thirteen teachers from throughout the Bay Area participated in the five-day workshop.

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Applications Open for Fall 2018 BLUR Undergraduate Research Program

Applications for the Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research (BLUR) Fall 2018 program are now open. These programs encourage undergraduate and postbaccalaureates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy laboratories. Apply here.

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Explore Summer Camp Programs at the Lawrence Hall of Science

Summer is in full swing, and the Lawrence Hall of Science is offering STEM summer camps from now through August 17 for kids of all ages. In addition to its pre-K and K-5 offerings, the Hall has some new offerings for middle and high school students, including biotech, coding, robotics, and marine biology. More>

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Lab Employees Volunteer with Rebuilding Together to Improve Senior Center

Several Berkeley Lab employees (and a few of their spouses) recently spent a Saturday volunteering with Rebuilding Together East Bay-North to make improvements to the South Berkeley Senior Center. Their efforts were part of a larger renovation of the center, which provides companionship, culture, and community for older adults in Berkeley. Go here to see a list of volunteers.

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Computing Sciences Summer Student Program Draws 90+ Participants

Dozens of college students from around the world will spend the next two months at Berkeley Lab as part of the Computing Sciences Summer Student Program, which offers undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering fields the chance to gain research experience with ESnet, NERSC, and the Computational Research Division. More>

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What Is a Computer? IT Helps Answer That Question for Local Second Graders

IT recently hosted second graders from Berkeley’s Sylvia Mendez Elementary School (formerly LeConte) to teach them about computers, including hardware, software, programming, parallel computing, networking, and tech vocabulary. They even built their own computer. The program, now in its ninth year, is part of IT’s STEM outreach efforts. The event was captured in this Exposure photo feature.

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Report Outlines Vision for Improving STEM Graduate Education

Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that released a report that describes the attributes of an ideal STEM graduate education system, identifies core educational competencies common across all STEM fields, and recommends changes to make the graduate education system more student-centric. More>

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EHS’s Jenna McKenzie Steps Up to Help Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

Jenna McKenzie, a deputy biosafety officer in the Lab’s EHS Division, had never been to Puerto Rico or experienced the devastation of a major hurricane, but when a Puerto Rican friend was affected by Hurricane Maria’s wrath, she was moved to help with aid efforts. McKenzie spent a week in Puerto Rico in December and continues to assist a nonprofit group based there. More>

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