Today at Berkeley Lab

IT Teaches Local Second Graders About Computers

IT recently hosted LeConte Elementary School second graders to teach them about computers, including hardware, software, programming, parallel computing, networking, and tech vocabulary. They even built their own computer. “It’s great for the kids to get all this exposure to computers and programming,” said one parent. IT has sponsored this program for eight years.

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Lab Engineer Helps Nepalese Villages Rebuild After Massive Earthquake

While Nepal’s capital Kathmandu has largely recovered after a deadly earthquake in 2015, Tim Hart found the country’s smaller villages were still struggling to recover. The civil/structural engineer sought to remedy this situation by training local tradespeople to rebuild in a more sustainable and safe manner. More>

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Berkeley Public Schools Fund Honors Biosciences’ Mary Wildermuth

Wildermuth was recently honored at the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Spring Luncheon for her contributions. Wildermuth developed “Be a Scientist,” a seventh-grade program that matches 200 UC Berkeley science mentors with individual students at Berkeley’s three middle schools to help them learn about scientific inquiry and investigation. The Lab is a longtime luncheon sponsor.

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Volunteers Sought for Rebuilding Together Project

The Lab is partnering with Rebuilding Together on a renovation project at the South Berkeley Senior Center on Saturday, June 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help install radiant barrier window film. Breakfast, lunch, and T- shirts will be provided. Sign up here by May 26.

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The Future Shines Bright for SULI Intern Zachary Raha

As a kid, Raha would make maps of his house, neighborhood, and the park on giant sheets of sketch paper. These days he’s mapping the expansion history of the universe as illustrated by Type Ia supernovae. Raha recently completed a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship with Nobel laureate Saul Perlmutter (Physics Division). More>

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UC Berkeley Hispanic Engineers & Scientists Meet Lab Staff

Berkeley Lab’s Protocol Office recently hosted the undergraduate academic group “Hispanic Engineers and Scientists of UC Berkeley.” Eleven students from the organization visited the Lab, where they met with staff members in both the science and operations areas. More>

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Another Successful Daughters & Sons to Work Day

Last week, employees worked together to welcome more than 100 students ages 9-16 to the Lab for the annual Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The day-long event, hosted by Workforce Development & Education, included tours of research facilities and hands-on activities. This Exposure feature includes photos from the event.

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Scouts Visit Lab as Part of Nuclear Science Day

About 230 girl scouts, boy scouts and their leaders came to the Lab on April 29 and enjoyed a full day of science activities. The event attracted youth from local communities, and as far away as Stanislaus and Orange counties. Volunteers conducted Advanced Light Source tours, ran hands-on activities, discussed their research, and served as role models. More>

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Lab Staff Volunteer at East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day

Volunteers from the Biosciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences areas, and Government & Community Relations Office, recently participated in East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day. At the event, 300 high school students learned about STEM careers through tours and conversations with STEM professionals. Go here for more on Biosciences’ and here for EESA’s participation.

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Kennedy High Students Learn About Berkeley Lab Computing

Twenty students and three teachers from Richmond’s Kennedy High School IT Academy spent the morning of April 26 learning about the breadth of computing at Berkeley Lab, from desktop machines to supercomputers. “It was amazing,” said Jaime, a junior, about the NERSC supercomputer room. More>

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