Today at Berkeley Lab

Solar Eclipse as Viewed From the Advanced Light Source

The ALS patio is a great place to take photos of the Bay, but it’s also a choice spot for capturing celestial events. Public Affair’s Kelly Owen took this shot during the solar eclipse last week, on Oct. 23. She heard a nearby plane and waited patiently, hoping it would cross in front of the sun.
Though the pilot didn’t hear her plea, their course still created a dramatic shot.

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A Day in the Life of the Lab Documented During Instagram Takeover

From morning coffee at the ALS, a pre-work run in San Francisco, and mentoring interns, to a “Drop, Cover and Hold” drill, training on a transmission electron microscope, and a turkey taking in the views, staff from all over the Lab took pictures documenting their day during a Lab-wide Instragram takeover last week. Go here to view complete coverage.

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Lab Scientists Present Eight Big Ideas in Eight Minutes

Eight researchers took the stage at the Kaiser Center Auditorium in Oakland last week to discuss their research, from solar-powered vaccine refrigerators and cool roof maps, to radiation pills and space dust.

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Lab Instagram Takeover Today

Check out the Berkeley Lab Instagram account throughout the day today for our first ever lab-wide “Day in the Life” takeover. Posts will feature employees that have volunteered to showcase their life at Berkeley Lab to the world. Follow here ». Posts will also be made to Facebook and Google+ on Friday as complete galleries.

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Public Affairs Hosts Lab Booth at Oakland’s First Friday

Staff displayed ‘science art’ at the event, which draws thousands to downtown Oakland on the first Friday of every month for an “immersive art and community experience.” Visitors were asked to guess what the various images were, and encouraged to ask science questions that will be answered at the Science at the Theater event on Oct. 8. A video will be made of the Q&A, which will be posted in TABL.

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Public Affairs Unveils Changes to Creative Services Office

The Lab’s Creative Services Office (CSO), will have a new look, name, and organizational home starting Oct. 1. The group, to be called Public Affairs Creative Services, has merged with the existing Strategic Resources Group within Public Affairs. All services, include graphic design, writing, web development, photography, and video production, will remain available. More>

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Eight Big Ideas in Eight Minutes at Oct. 8 Theater Event

Eight Lab scientists will take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kaiser Center Auditorium in Oakland to discuss their research, from solar-powered vaccine refrigerators and cool roof maps, to radiation pills and space dust.

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Lab’s Kate Greene Spends Time on ‘Mars’ as Part of NASA Simulation

Last year, this Public Affairs science writer spent four months atop the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii to help study what keeps a space flight crew happy and healthy during an extended Mars mission. The focus of her project was the impact of sleep and food preparation on astronaut’s health. More>

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New Official Berkeley Lab Folders Available

New official Berkeley Lab folders are available for ordering through Creative Services. The folders come in packs of 10 for $15/pack. Contact Jon Rhodin at printing@lbl.gov.

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Saving the Bay…Lab Volunteers Assist With Coastal Marsh Restoration

In partnership with Save the Bay, volunteers transplanted over 2,200 baccharis glutinosa seedlings along the MLK, Jr. Regional Shoreline Park in Oakland yesterday. This native perennial supports the local marsh ecosystem and creates habitat for wetland animals and insects. For more on the Lab’s work in the community, contact Armando Viramontes.

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