Posts Tagged ‘Public Affairs’

Travel Above the Arctic Circle During April 24 Hangout on Air

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

On April 24 at 11 a.m., join several scientists from the Earth Sciences Division in a Hangout on Air that will take you from above the Arctic Circle in Alaska to Berkeley Lab. Along the way, you’ll learn how and why scientists study permafrost to better understand the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem — and what may happen to it as the climate changes. Participating scientists include Craig Ulrich from Alaska, Tim Kneafsey from a CT scanning lab in Building 74, and Romy Chakraborty and Neslihan Tas from a microbiology lab in Building 70. Go here to watch the hangout.

Public Affairs Offers Media Training Session on April 23

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Berkeley Lab’s Office of Public Affairs is offering a series of onsite media training sessions. The two-hour session is ideal for researchers and others who may find themselves talking to the news media or speaking in public. The program includes a brief primer on working with the news media and why it’s important to properly communicate science in these challenging budget times, and will offer an opportunity to practice delivering your messages on-camera. Each session is limited to six participants so early registration is suggested. The free class is led by former CBS News producer, and current Lab communications manager, Jon Weiner. The next session will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 PM on Wednesday April 23. Send e-mail here to register.

Instagram ‘Takeover’ Shows Day in the Life of a Lab Intern

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

What is a day at Berkeley Lab like through the eyes of an intern? To find out, the Public Affairs Department handed over they keys to its Instagram account to Megan Long, a physics and math student at the University of Maine who is working on dark matter simulations with the NEXT experiment group at Berkeley Lab. Her photos give the public a “behind-the-scenes” look at working at Berkeley Lab. If you’d like to participate in a “day in the life” photo essay of your day at Berkeley Lab, contact the Public Affairs’ social media specialist Kelly Owen. You don’t have to be an intern. Any employee can participate.

Volunteers Sought for Science at the Theater Event on Feb. 24

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

At this Monday’s Science at the Theater event, members of the audience will be asked to vote for their favorite Lab technology. Public Affairs is seeking volunteers to assist with vote collection and other duties. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Go here to sign up, and here for more information on the event.

Scientists Take Visitors on a Virtual Tour of Foundry, ALS, and NCEM

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The Public Affairs Office hosted the Lab’s first-ever, live-streamed, virtual tour of three User Facilities yesterday. Students from local classrooms, as well as members of the public, joined Dula Parkinson at the Advanced Light Source, Deirdre Olynick at the Molecular Foundry, and Jim Ciston of the Center for Electron Microscopy. They explained their research at the facilities and answered questions from viewers. Send comments or suggestions for future virtual field trips to Public Affairs social media specialist Kelly Owen.

Vote for the Next Big Tech Idea at ‘Science at the Theater’ Event

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Like a science version of the popular show “Shark Tank,” the Lab’s next Science at the Theater event will feature researchers “pitching” their technologies, then audience members and panel of judges will vote on which one most benefits society. The Monday, Feb. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. event takes place at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Researchers and their technologies include: Guoying Chen (Making Better Batteries), Sylvain Costes (Tracking and Hacking Personal DNA Damage), Steven Lanzisera (Making Energy Measurement Stick), Gloria Oliver (Molecular Velcro), and Alex Zettl (Dress Code for Martians). RSVP here. The show will also be webcast. Send questions via tweet (@BerkeleyLab) or e-mail (

Create Customizable Messages for Road Sign Near Blackberry Gate

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Public Affairs has created a customizable sign that hangs near Building 65 facing Chu Road, just past Blackberry Gate. Divisions or departments who want to welcome off-site guests, or share information with the Lab community, are invited to prepare their own messages, which can be attached to the bottom of the sign (where “Bringing Science Solutions to the World” is currently printed). Contact Creative Services (x4020) for more information and a price quote.

Lab Illustrator’s Work Selected for ‘Astronomy Picture of the Day’

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Zosia Rostomian, an illustrator with the Lab’s Creative Services Office, recently had one of her pictures selected for the Astronomy Picture of the Day website. The image depicts a type of measurement by the Baryon Acoustic Oscillations Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), a Physics Division project. Scientists who require illustrations to help depict their research can contact Creative Services (x4020).

Windows Facility Image Makes DOE 2013 Favorite Photos of the Week List

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

It’s an image employees have seen numerous times — the classic photo of the Lab’s windows testing facility, taken by Roy Kaltschmidt and used numerous times in print and online publications. The DOE selected this iconic shot as part of their best of 2013 “Photos of the Week” list. Research at the facility helped create the first energy-efficient dual-paned windows, now used in buildings and home worldwide, resulting billions of dollars in energy savings. Go here to see all the “best of” photos.

Creative Services Offers Editorial Assistance With Reports and Proposals

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Polish up your proposals with the assistance of Berkeley Lab’s Creative Services editorial services. Whether you need help crafting, writing, editing, or formatting your proposal, the Creative Services team can hone your message and give your project the best chance of success. We assist you in adhering to submission guidelines and will work within your budget to help you shape a professional, clear message. We look forward to hearing from you! Contact the Creative Services editorial team at