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Berkeley Food & Housing Project Donation Drive Dec. 6 to 19

Staff are invited to donate unopened food and unused personal items (towels, toiletries, socks, underwear, t-shirts, sweat pants, sheets, blankets) to the collection barrel in the cafeteria lobby Dec. 6 to 19. Go here for a detailed wish list. A rep for BFHP will attend the Dec. 16 holiday party. BFHP works to ease and end the crisis of homelessness.

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ATAP Researchers Reach Out at APS-DPP Meeting

At the annual meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics, researchers from the Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division could be found not only in the technical sessions but also in the science-outreach expo booth. Organizations host booths to educate and engage the public about plasma physics and other sciences. More>

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ETA’s Cairns Gives Talk on Sulfur at Exploratorium Nov. 17

Elton Cairns, researcher in the Energy Storage Group, will speak about sulfur at “Everything Matters,” a monthly series that focuses on elements. Cairns will discuss work with Li/S cells in the Energy Technologies Area at Berkeley Lab. These cells could be the next generation of high specific energy cells that could supersede the Li-Ion cells now used. More>

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JBEI volunteers at Bay Area Science Festival

For a second year, JBEI collaborated with the Bay Area Science Festival, the largest science education event in the Bay Area. JBEI hosted an Explorer Day on Oct. 27 for the public which included a tour of its labs, and on Nov. 5 JBEI’s volunteers participated at BASF’s Discovery Day at AT&T Park. JBEI’s booth featured activities to help raise awareness about the benefits of biofuels. More>

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ETA’s Christian Kohler Aspires to Serve

After a brief volunteering trip in Nicaragua, Christian Kohler, the deputy head of the Building Technologies Department in the Energy Technologies Area, and his wife decided to take a year off from work and the comforts of home to live a full-time life of volunteering abroad, this time in India and Nepal, just in time to assist after a devastating earthquake there. More>

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Chabot Space & Science Center Seeks Volunteers

A volunteer orientation takes place Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers make earth and space science come alive for visitors through interactive and hands-on experiences. Shifts include Wednesday through Sundays. A one-year commitment of eight hours per month is required. More>

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Workforce Development & Education Hosts BLAZES Volunteer Workshop

The WD&E BLAZES workshop — Tuesday, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — is for employees who are interested in volunteering for the BLAZES program. Attendees will learn about hands-on science activities conducted with students during their BLAZES visit. Register online online on or before Monday, Oct. 24.

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Oct. 20 Blood Drive

An American Red Cross blood drive takes place Thursday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria lot. Go here to schedule an appointment (Sponsor Code “LBL”). Walk-ins are also welcome. Save time by using RapidPass.

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Scientific Diplomacy: Lab Hosts 2016 TechWomen

In September two researchers from Africa visited Berkeley Lab as part of the State Department’s TechWomen program — an international exchange that brings emerging women leaders in STEM from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the U.S. More>

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Workforce Development & Education Seeks Volunteers for its BLAZES Program

Workforce Development & Education’s BLAZES program, the Lab’s onsite-workshop for Bay Area fifth grade classes, is resuming soon. Volunteers are sought to conduct hands on activities Mondays to Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Review the BLAZES Volunteer Calendar and sign up for the date(s) you are available to volunteer.

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