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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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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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