Today at Berkeley Lab

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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2015 ‘On the Way’ List Unveiled

The Public Affairs Department has updated its “On the Way” list, which showcases ten Berkeley Lab research projects or technologies that are either starting up, moving along, or getting ready to deliver. The list first rolled out last year, and is intended to highlight how today’s science could lead to the solutions and discoveries of tomorrow.

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Pluto Haikus a Big Hit on Lab’s Social Media

“From blurry image, to celestial clarity, Pluto, you glimmer” was among the many haikus submitted via the Lab’s Twitter account, commemorating the NASA Pluto Fly By on Tuesday. Go here to read more.

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Share Your Lab Videos, Images Via Social Media

Staff who take photos or videos that capture everyday life at the Lab, and want it shared on our social media channels, are encouraged to contact Public Affairs’ Kelly Owen. She recently posted a goat video recorded by David Stein of Operations that reached almost 6.5 million people and was picked up by CNN, NPR and other major news outlets.

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In Memoriam: Judith (Judy) Goldhaber

Judith (Judy) Goldhaber, author of more than 1,000 science stories during her 35-year career as a science writer at Berkeley Lab, and wife of renowned physicist Gerson Goldhaber, passed away on May 26, following a hemorrhagic stroke. She was 81. More>

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‘Big Questions’ Answered at April 29 Science at the Theater

Those who missed the April 29 event in downtown Oakland can catch the presentation of “Five Big Questions,” featuring Judy Campisi on cancer and aging, Kai Vetter on radiation and public safety, Javier Ceja-Navarro on beetles, biofuels, and combustion, Ann Almgren on simulating supernovae, and Shashi Buluswar on his Urban Food Initiative. Go here to watch the video.

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“5 Big Questions” Theme of Wednesday’s Science at the Theater

4-29-15-SATTEvery discovery and invention starts with a question. From simulating supernovae to growing food in our cities, Berkeley Lab scientists will dive into the big questions that drive their research. Come hear Judy Campisi, Kai Vetter, Shashi Buluswar, Javier Ceja-Navarro, and Ann Almgren speak on April 29 at Oakland’s Kaiser Center Auditorium from 7-9 p.m. Go here to RSVP.

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