Today at Berkeley Lab

Be an Ambassador for Science and Berkeley Lab at Solano Stroll

Volunteers are needed for this annual festival on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. near the Berkeley/Albany border. The event enables the Lab to share with the community more about who we are and what we do. Volunteers can enjoy great food, music and entertainment. Go here to sign up for a two-hour slot.

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Share Your Passion for Science as a BLAZES Volunteer

Attend Sept. 8 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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Director Alivisatos Doused as Part of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Alivisatos accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued by Oak Ridge National Lab, receiving a dousing by Nobelist Saul Perlmutter and cancer researcher Mina Bissell, who used SF Bay water in deference to California’s drought. Lab researchers have contributed to the science of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.The director then challenged Steve Chu, AAAS CEO Alan Leshner, and White House science advisor John Holdren.

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Director Rises to Ice Bucket Challenge Today at Noon

Lab Director Paul Alivisatos will take the ice bucket challenge to help raise money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The event takes place at noon in front of the Advanced Light Source. More>

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AAAS Creates Memorial Fund for Former Lab Director Andy Sessler

The fund was established by a donation from Sessler’s children to support the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law program. Sessler was a longtime leading public advocate for human rights and intellectual freedom. More>

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Facilities Hosts Five Community College Interns

The group received valuable, hands-on engineering experience through a DOE-funded program. They started with no engineering experience and left as confident AutoCAD users and with clearer direction of where they’d like to take their education. More>

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Blood Drive on August 19 in Cafeteria Parking Lot

Bloodmobile will be onsite from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go here to make an appointment (code LBL). Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, contact Marissa Smithwick (x6088).

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Microbial-Based Antimalaria Drug Shipped to Africa

Project begun some 13 years ago by ALD for Biosciences Jay Keasling was culminated by an announcement on Tuesday that pharmaceutical company Sanofi and nonprofit health organization PATH have shipped 1.7 million treatments of semi-synthetid artemisinin. More>

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iCLEM Featured as a “Cool School” on KPIX-TV

“Cool School,” a program aired Thursday mornings on Bay Area CBS affiliate KPIX, reports on unique educational efforts. On Thursday, August 7, the show highlighted iCLEM, the summer program for disadvantaged students sponsored by the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), with funding from DOE and NSF. You can watch the clip here.

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Upward Bound Students Learn of Science Career Paths During Lab Visit

High school students from Upward Bound Math & Science recently visited the Lab as part of Workforce Development & Education’s Berkeley Lab Educational Visit (BLEV) program. Upward Bound aims to help students increase their potential in math and science as well as to encourage them to pursue post-secondary education and careers in math and science fields. More>

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