Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists — including researchers in Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division — are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes. The Lab’s IceCube group is hosting a free screening of the 30-minute film “Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the edge of the Universe,” which documents this work, on Thursday at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium.
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Lab Director Paul Alivisatos invites employees to join him for a brown bag lunch on Wednesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. The gathering is open to the first 20 staff members who RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1993 B.G. (before Google), when writers for The Simpsons needed the 40,000th decimal digit of π (pi) for a punch line in season four’s “Marge in Chains”episode, they turned to mathematician and computer scientist David Bailey who confirmed that the digit was 1. And his reputation as the “Pi Guy” was set. But Bailey’s professional relationship with pi began years before Hollywood writers came calling. More>
March is Women’s History Month and the Lab is hosting two events to celebrate the occasion. On Friday, Mimoza Ristova, a visiting scholar in the Materials Sciences Division, will give a presentation on famed two-time Noble-prize winning scientist Marie Curie, at 2 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. On Monday, March 17, the Diversity & Inclusion Council and Women’s Scientists and Engineers council provide a free screening of the film “Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II” at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The film chronicles a group of women mathematicians who helped win the war and usher in the modern computer age. RSVP here if you would like to watch the film remotely.
Indra’s Net Theater — which produces plays specializing in science and philosophy — presents QED, inspired by the life of Nobel Prize-winner Richard Feynman. Feynman had an extraordinary life, starting with the Manhattan Project in his early twenties, to a brilliant career as one of the 20th century’s most original thinkers and most inspiring teachers, to serving on the panel investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster at the end of his life. The production takes place at the Berkeley City Club (2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley) April 3 through 20. More>
Employees are invited to stop by the Energy Biosciences Institute tomorrow or Friday for an event that explores the intersection of image and research via exhibits, lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and music. View original and intriguing images of scientific investigation and meet the scientists and artists who created them, including the Lab’s own photographer, Roy Kaltschmidt. The free event runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and takes place at 2151 Berkeley Way. More>
If you have a technical background, consider volunteering to judge at the upcoming Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday March 22, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Judges will be provided free parking, breakfast and lunch, as well as beverages and snacks and a parting gift. With a record number of student projects, judges are very much needed. Go here to sign up. For more information, contact Paul Mirkarimi.
In an effort to go beyond the CVs of some of the Materials Sciences Division’s most interesting personalities, Alice Muller will host live conversations with MSD researchers. She will talk with guests about their personal history, research, inspiration, mentors, motivations, and more. Her first guests will be Delia Milliron (left) and Anna Llordes, who have helped develop smart window technology. The event takes place Friday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. in Building 67-3111.
Employees are invited to attend the annual royalties ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Cafeteria dining hall. From the Lab’s FY13 royalty income of $2.03 million, over $683,000 will be distributed to 126 researchers who created licensed inventions and copyrighted software and books. A short presentation will highlight some of the licensed technologies, followed by a reception. For more information about royalties and technology transfer, go here.
Lab postdocs are invited to attend an information session and luncheon sponsored by the Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering Program at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Haas School of Business. Candidates from all disciplines are welcome, including computer science, physics, engineering, mathematics, statistics, economics, operations research, and other quantitative fields. Registration is required.