Rachel Woods-Robinson and her cycling partner have been on their cross-country trip for about two weeks and have around 14 states to go. They are visiting middle schools along the way teaching fun lessons in physics and celebrating STEM teachers. More>
Several Life Sciences Division laboratories opened their doors to high school students at the 2015 STEM Career Awareness Day on April 28. Three hundred East Bay students took part in this yearly event at which they were introduced to careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. More>
Employees are invited to attend a workshop on Monday, May 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 2-100B. Learn to guide students in grades 6-8 as they explore dry ice, and plan and conduct their own investigations. Participants are eligible to borrow a materials kit. Register here.
As part of Marin Elementary’s math and science festival, Jonathan Slack and Howdy Goudey helped students bake cookies with a solar oven that uses the focusing power of parabolas. They have researched how solar concentrating ovens can be used to bake bread inexpensively. They also demoed a sonic candy maker. More>
Those who missed the April 29 event in downtown Oakland can catch the presentation of “Five Big Questions,” featuring Judy Campisi on cancer and aging, Kai Vetter on radiation and public safety, Javier Ceja-Navarro on beetles, biofuels, and combustion, Ann Almgren on simulating supernovae, and Shashi Buluswar on his Urban Food Initiative. Go here to watch the video.
Every discovery and invention starts with a question. From simulating supernovae to growing food in our cities, Berkeley Lab scientists will dive into the big questions that drive their research. Come hear Judy Campisi, Kai Vetter, Shashi Buluswar, Javier Ceja-Navarro, and Ann Almgren speak on April 29 at Oakland’s Kaiser Center Auditorium from 7-9 p.m. Go here to RSVP.
Last week, 110 Lab employees from 20 Divisions welcomed 138 students to the Lab for Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The day-long event, hosted by Workforce Development & Education, included tours of research facilities and hands-on activities, including designing a Rube Goldberg contraption that can be viewed here. More>
The UC Police Department is sponsoring the drive, which ends May 4. Proceeds benefit University Village (Albany) and Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Bring new, unwrapped toys in original packaging. Toys for infants and toddlers, and pre-teens and teenagers, are in particular need, as well as art supplies. A donation is located bin in Building 48.
The teens used a Geiger counter to survey radiation, built an electroscope to see how different radiation detectors work, participated in a career forum, and attended lectures. All participants received a patch. The April 8 event was hosted by the Nuclear Science Division, the Advanced Light Source, and Workforce Development and Education.
On April 18 JBEI volunteers participated at Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s annual open house. Hosted by UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, JBEI promoted bioenergy topics as well as internships and employment opportunities.