Redwood Grove performances take place Thursdays at 5:30. More>
Classes offered from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. More>
Reception for 38-year veteran today at 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. More>
Join Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis postdoc Alexandra Krawicz at “Nerd Night” on Monday, May 26 at 8 p.m. at the Parkway Theater in Oakland. Also on tap for the event is a talk on using “The Lemma is not Burnside’s” method to count things, and a day-in-the-life of a real paramedic. Krawicz’s research focuses on developing stable attachment strategies for molecular catalysts to photocathodes to create constructs for solar fuel production. Cost for the event is $8. More>
There’s a lot of excitement this week at the UC Botanical Garden, where a spectacular South American plant that rarely blooms has formed a fast-growing bud. An endangered species native to the high Andes, P. raimondii, the largest of the bromeliads, can grow to nearly 10 feet in height, topped — on the rare occasion that it blooms, usually around age 40 — by a spike as tall as 30 feet high bearing thousands of flowers and up to 6 million seeds. More>
In February, the Ex-Ls retiree group feted Ed Lofgren on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Lofgren helped develop the Bevatron and later became its first director. He was the overseer of the Bevatron when the first anti-proton was discovered. In recognition of his leadership and expertise he became the first Director of the Accelerator Division. Lofgren received many well wishes as well as a signed certificate from Director Paul Alivisatos. Lofgren, left, is pictured with Anna Morrish (center), and Louise Vogelsberg. The group also former Lab Director Andy Sessler receipt of the Fermi Award.
How can the Lab expand the recruitment of more women and minorities? What can we do to make sure we have a family-friendly workplace? What are some ways to assess and address equitability issues? The Lab will hold six focus group sessions at different locations to solicit input and suggestions on Lab Director Paul Alivisatos’ Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. As stated in the vision statement for the initiative, the Lab seeks to foster a diverse workforce — in experience, perspective and background — and culture of inclusion in order to attract and engage the brightest minds and further the Lab’s record of scientific excellence and groundbreaking innovation. The sessions will be led by Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer Vera Potapenko and Physics Division Director Natalie Roe, co-leads of the initiative.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The White House issued a 2014 Presidential Proclamation to commemorate the history and heritage of the AAPI community in the United States. This year, San Francisco will be hosting the “Asian Heritage Street Celebration” in front of the Civic Center and the Asian Art Museum, leading up to the Little Saigon neighborhood. The fair will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. KQED has compiled a list of heritage month programming and resources available here. Learn more about the Lab’s Asian Association by contacting President Larry Guo.
Sustainable Berkeley Lab is hosting several events next week to celebrate Earth Day 2014. On Monday at noon in Perseverance Hall, Chief Sustainability Officer John Elliott will lead a brown-bag conversation with staff on sustainability efforts at the Lab. On Tuesday, employees can join the “Bathroom Brigade” to help conserve water and drop off their personal electronics at an e-waste collection from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the cafeteria. On Friday, join the “Fume Hood Watch” to learn how to reduce energy use in the lab. More>
Bright Horizons, the Lab’s Back Up Dependent Care Program administrator, is hosting an open house event on Tuesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. for Lab employees at their Bayer location, 921 Parker Street (entrance on 8th Street) in Berkeley. At this event, you will learn more about your back-up care benefits, as well as see the Bright Horizons at Bayer facility and its learning spaces, meet their staff, and ask any questions you may have about this facility. For additional information about this event, call (510) 649-1893 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go here for more information on the Lab’s Back Up Dependent Care Program. Download a flyer here.