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Veterans Receive ‘Challenge Coin’ at Fourth Annual Appreciation Luncheon

In partnership with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office, the Directorate hosted the Lab’s annual appreciation luncheon for veterans on Nov. 8. Employees from various branches of the military, including veterans in the DOE Berkeley Site Office, were invited to attend. As part of a military tradition, veterans received a “challenge coin” as a token of appreciation. More>

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Postdoc Meet-and-Greet on Nov. 16

The Postdoc Association is hosting a networking event for fellow postdocs and other Lab researchers on Thursday, Nov. 16. The gathering takes place at the cafeteria at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments and traditional apple pies will be served to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Learn More About the Engineering Division at Upcoming Poster Session

The Engineering Division will undergo a two-day review to evaluate the positioning of the group as a world-class program. As part of the review, Lab employees are invited to a poster session to learn more about the division’s depth and breadth of knowledge, skills, and expertise. The poster session takes place Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54).

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Free Campus Screening of Film on Next Generation Reactors on Nov. 16

Next-generation nuclear reactors currently in development may play a key role in the nation’s energy future. “The New Fire” features young entrepreneurs and their efforts to show that new nuclear efforts are safe and achievable. The film’s director will participate in a Q&A after the screening. The 5:30 p.m. event is free, but tickets are required. More>

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Participants Sought for UC Berkeley’s Cleanweb Hackathon Nov. 17-18

Teams have 24 hours to create new solutions to challenges in energy, environment, and climate, with a chance to win $2,000 in cash prizes. Free food, beverages, and swag will be provided throughout the weekend. Go here for more information and to register.

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Joint Lab-MSRI Postdoc Halloween Celebration on Oct. 31

Lab postdocs are invited by their counterparts at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (17 Gauss Way in Berkeley) for a Halloween party on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 5:20 p.m. For those interested in carpooling, a group will depart the Advanced Light Source patio at 5 p.m. Registration is encouraged. Food and beverages will be provided.

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Artisans Sought for Holiday Craft Fair

If you are an artist or crafter, consider participating in the Lab’s Holiday Craft fair on Thursday, Dec. 14. Past fairs have featured a variety of handmade items, such as jewelry, art, honey, baked goods, pottery, photography, and hand-sewn clothing. Contact Robin Mitchell for more information.

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Berkeley Lab Pitch Competition on Nov. 3

Lab researchers will make their business case before an expert panel in a pitch contest hosted by the Innovation and Partnerships Office. The event takes place Nov. 3, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., in Bldg. 59-3101 (Wang Hall). Staff are welcome to attend and vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. Contestants have honed their entrepreneurial skills in I-Corps and DOE Energy I-Corps training. More>

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Improve Your Public Speaking; Toastmasters Open House on Oct. 26

The Lab’s Toastmasters group — which seeks to improve public-speaking skills — is hosting an open house on Oct. 26, at noon in Building 70A-3377. Speakers include Adrian Chofor, an expert in public speaking, empowerment coaching, and team building, and EESA postdoc Shan Dou. Visitors can get involved by participating in a “Table Topics” session. Light refreshments included.

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Take Part in the Annual JGI Halloween Runaround on Oct. 31

JGI marks National Ergonomics Month with weekly events, ending with the annual JGI Halloween Runaround, a three-kilometer walk/run event on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants are asked to come in costume. Go here for more information about these events. Contact Christine Naca to register for the Runaround.

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