Today at Berkeley Lab

Dec. 1 Poster Session Highlights Instrumentation Research at the Lab

The poster session — 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria’s dining hall — will showcase instrumentation development around the Lab. Researchers working in different divisions who share common problems can meet and benefit from mutual experience and expertise. The event is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium Series. More>

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Lab Veterans Honored at Appreciation Luncheon

Director Alivisatos spoke to the attendees, thanking them for their service, during a special luncheon earlier this month. Lab veterans are encouraged to join the Lab’s Veteran Employee Resource Group, which seeks to enhance the work environment for veteran employees and job seekers. More>

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Local Play Looks at Race Between Watson & Crick and Rosalind Franklin

“The Secret of Life” follows the ill-funded James Watson and Frances Crick in a scientific race of nerves, ingenuity and integrity against the more monied research of Rosalind Franklin at Kings College. The reward is nothing short of a Nobel Prize for defining the basic building blocks of life. See the play at the Berkeley City Club during December. More>

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Dec. 7 Craft Fair Showcases Handmade Items

The fair — Monday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Perseverance Hall — features a variety of handmade goods for sale, such as jewelry, jams and jellies, sewn, knitted, and crocheted goods, paintings, and local honey. Go here to view a list of available products. The event is sponsored by the Employee Activities Association. Contact Robin Mitchell for more info.

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Wang Hall Officially Opens at Special Dedication

The facility — which was dedicated at a special event on Nov. 12, attended by UC President Napolitano and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicolas Dirks — will house NERSC, ESnet, and the Computational Research Division. Wang Hall is one of the most energy-efficient computing centers anywhere, and is named after UC Berkeley professor Shyh Wang. More>

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Cultural Festival Celebrated Lab’s Diversity

The event featured music, dance, food, and information booths, all celebrating the diversity of the Lab community. More>

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Limited Quantity of Free Dickens Christmas Fair Tickets Available

Dave Batzloff of the IT Division has free tickets for the fair on the first weekend (Nov. 21-22), while supplies last. Go here to sign up. The fair takes place in San Francisco’s Cow Palace. Batzloff is an actor who portrays Mr. Fezziwig. Go here for a story on his portrayal of this character.

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14 Honorees Recognized on Nov. 18 at ‘Women @ The Lab’ Reception

The event — which honors the efforts of Lab women in STEM and Operations — will take place Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria’s dining hall. More>

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Coffee Meet-and-Greet for Lab Grad Students and Postdocs

This networking event takes place Oct. 27 starting at 2:30 p.m. in the coffee bar area of the cafeteria. Bring your own beverage or purchase from the Peet’s Coffee Bar (which closes at 3 p.m.).

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Lab’s First-Ever Pumpkin Olympics on Oct. 30

The event will include pumpkin curling, bowling, horseshoes, and carving, as well as a costume contest, cookie decorating, and free cider. Prizes include Lab-logo merchandise, a free, three-night stay at the Guest House, and more. Activities take place near the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Go here for complete details

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