Today at Berkeley Lab

Classified Ads to Be Discontinued; Cal Rentals Available for Staff Use

Due to low usage and limited resources, the classified ad service will end on August 31. Employees can use apps such as Nextdoor or Grabio (for neighborhoods), or eBay or Craigslist to buy or sell items. Staff can use UC Berkeley’s Cal Rentals service to seek or post housing (use Lab e-mail to sign up). Call 642-4108 for more information.

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Hosting a Lab Event? Add it to the Calendar

From science lectures, workshops, IT training, or dance classes, there’s always something going on at the Lab. And there’s no better way to track these activities than checking the Lab Events Calendar on the TABL website. Is your division, department or club hosting an event open to employees? If so, add it to the events calendar to broaden your reach. Instructions are here.

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Before and After Pics Illustrate Munching Prowess of Lab Goats

Hundreds of grazing goats have arrived this month as part of the Lab’s efforts to prevent wildfires. And as a testament to their skill, check out these before-and-after photos of a hillside near Chamberlain Road, between Buildings 71A and 90. What was once long, dry grass was quickly mowed down to nubs.

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FAQ on How Public Affairs Can Help Share Your News With the Media

Have a pending publication you’d like publicized? An interesting story to tell? Need help talking with reporters? In a new FAQ, “Working with Public Affairs,” get answers to some of the most common questions researchers ask on how to promote new research and learn how Public Affairs can help reach new audiences. To visit the page, go here (LDAP login required).

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Roy Kaltschmidt Looks Back on 20 Years of Documenting the Lab’s Science

After abandoning a profession in mathematics, and being dismissed from the military for being too tall, Roy Kaltschmidt bought his first camera. It marked the beginning of a whirlwind career, with shoots around the globe. He joined the Lab in 1996, taking iconic shots of Nobel Prize winners and cutting-edge research. Kaltschmidt retires on June 10, with a farewell gathering on June 9. More>

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A Day in the Life of Intern Matus Kvietok Documented in Instagram Takeover

Kvietok, working in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Areas, isolates, grows, tests and characterizes different gut microbes from soil arthropods, with the goal of identifying useful biochemical processes. Check out what he does, how and where he does it, who he works with, and other facets of his daily life at Berkeley Lab here.

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Science at the Theater Cleantech Pitchfest in San Francisco on June 1

Which of six big new ideas designed to help transform our carbon-drenched, overheating world should get the first shot? Lab scientists have eight minutes to persuade you their technology has the most promise. Cast your vote at the Marine’s Memorial Theatre (located near the Powell St. BART station) from 7 to 9 p.m. More>

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Check Out Some of the Lab’s Amazing Science Images

Great science discoveries often also produce some incredible visual representations, like the
world’s highest-performance single-molecule diode pictured above. The Public Affairs Office has created a gallery of some of these amazing images. Go here to view them.

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A Birds-Eye View of the Lab

This shot was taken from an airplane last month, showing almost the entire footprint of the Lab, surrounded by lush springtime foliage. Go here to see more images from the shoot.

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New Science Writers Join Public Affairs

Glenn Roberts Jr. and Sarah Yang both come with years of experience at universities, news outlets, and national labs. Yang worked in UC Berkeley’s Public Affairs Office for 14 years, while Roberts most recently served as a science communications specialist for SLAC. More>

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