Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Bill Collins to Give Climate Change Talk on March 24; Will be Live Streamed

As part of Public Affairs’ Science at the Theater series, Bill Collins of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area will present “Climate Change is Here: Now What?” on Thursday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. He will explore what is known about climate change and what we can do about it. While registration for attendance is closed, the talk will be live streamed. More>

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Public Affairs Offers Media Training March 31

The two-hour session is ideal for researchers and others who may need to speak to the news media or the public. Former CBS News producer, and current Lab Communications manager, Jon Weiner will lead this free class from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 31. Contact Weiner for more information or to sign up. More>

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Cut Down on Clicks…Go Straight to the TABL Homepage

Instead of clicking on individual headlines in the daily e-mail, go straight to the Today at Berkeley Lab homepage to view all current news articles as well as stories from the previous three weeks, with just a bit of scrolling. The searchable site also features an events calendar, links to the cafeteria menu, and a list of upcoming activities. Just click the “Today at Berkeley Lab” button in the e-mail.

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Public Affairs Honored for Social Media, Diversity, Science Communication

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII presented a gold award to the Lab’s Public Affairs group for social media, silver for strategic communications on diversity and inclusion, and a bronze for news writing. More than 500 entries from numerous institutions were received and judged. More>

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Lab’s ‘Queen of Communications’ Pam Patterson Retires

Pam Patterson began her working life as a pre-teen picking fruit in the orchards of San Jose. After college she taught English, then served as a policy analyst. In 1992, she came to Berkeley Lab to help lead various communications efforts, first in the Directorate, then in Public Affairs. From the fields to the Hill, it’s been quite the career trajectory…one that ends in retirement on Jan. 15. More>

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After Stellar 32-Year Career, Senior Science Writer Lynn Yarris Retires

Yarris (left) has reported some of the Lab’s biggest science news over the last three decades, distilling often complex research into language the general public could understand. He received a much-deserved Director’s Achievement Award that honored his tremendous contributions to helping the world understand the incredible work that takes place at Berkeley Lab. More>

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Staffer Captures Ominous Storm Front

As Kelly Owen of Public Affairs was leaving the Lab on Monday evening, she saw this dramatic cloud formation and scampered up to the fifth floor of Building 50 to capture it.

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New Website Showcases Berkeley Lab’s Social Media Efforts

Did you know Berkeley Lab has almost 34,000 followers on Twitter, or that there are helpful guidelines for Lab staff interested in getting involved in social media? The Public Affairs Department has launched a new website that showcases the Lab’s main social media sites, the latest happenings, social media sites maintained by Lab divisions and facilities, and more. Visit the site here.

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