Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Postdoc Meet-and-Greet on Oct. 19

The event, hosted by the Lab’s Postdoc Association, will feature pumpkin pies, light refreshments, and some “spooky” action. Postdocs and others are invited to join the fun at 4 p.m. on the cafeteria patio area.

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Oct. 24 Screening of Film Exploring Use of Technology to Treat Disabilities

As part of Disability and Inclusion Month, the Lab’s All Access Employee Resource Group is showing “Fixed,” a documentary that questions commonly held beliefs about disability and normalcy by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds. Told from the perspective of five people with disabilities, “Fixed” will be shown at noon, Oct. 24, in Bldg. 59-3101.

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Lab Honors Education Volunteers at Special Event

The Lab recently honored over 400 employees who have volunteered for education and outreach events over the last year. These activities are critical for bringing the Lab’s science into schools and communities. Check out photos from the event here. If you’d like to volunteer to mentor interns, facilitate workshops in schools, or participate in career panels, complete this brief form.

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Runaround Scheduled for Nov. 17

The 40th annual running of this 1.86-mile-long foot race starts at the Fire House (Bldg. 45) at noon (the Bikearound at 11:30 a.m.) and finishes at the cafeteria parking lot. No registration is required. The event will feature music, farmers market, fitness vendors, and a special cafeteria menu. Free t-shirts will be given to all finishers. Parking and traffic will be affected. More>

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