Today at Berkeley Lab

This Is What It Looks Like, When Doves Nest

Kelly Owen and Keri Troutman of Strategic Communications quietly snapped this shot of a dove (named “Prince”) and its baby nesting above the doors to Building 65.

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TABL Will Return on Friday, Aug. 24 

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Winners Announced for Berkeley Lab’s Physics Photowalk

A photo featuring a view of UC Berkeley’s landmark Campanile building, the San Francisco cityscape and bay, and the south side of the Shyh Wang Hall building at Berkeley Lab was judged as the winner in a local Physics Photowalk photo competition organized by the Lab. The photo was submitted by Michael Dawson, an amateur photographer. More>

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Winners of Internal Communications Survey Drawing Announced

Thanks to the 1,203 employees who participated in the Lab’s internal communications survey. The results are being analyzed and the findings will be shared with the Lab community in the near future. Three lucky staff members were randomly selected as winners of a $10 Bay View Cafe gift certificate. They are Davina Abram-Blakely (Biosciences), Frank Ogletree (Molecular Foundry), and Michele Pixa (Engineering).

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State of the Lab: Q&A With Lab Director Mike Witherell

Lab Director Mike Witherell recently offered his thoughts on the Lab’s direction, status, and reputation in an interview with Lab Chief Communications Officer John German. If you missed the Director’s “State of the Lab” address, go here to watch it. More>

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Help Improve Internal Communications; Provide Feedback Via a New Survey

The Strategic Communications group wants to provide information about the Lab that matters to staff, and offer the tools needed to engage with co-workers, management, and the Lab community. Take a brief (5-10 minutes), confidential survey here. Include your email to be part of a drawing for one of three $10 Bay View Cafe gift certificates.

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Photo Feature: Visions of DESI at Kitt Peak

Lab photographer Marilyn Chung recently visited Kitt Peak and the Mayall Telescope in Arizona, where the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will be installed. DESI will create the largest 3D map of the universe to help explain dark energy. See some of the images Chung captured during her visit in this photo feature.

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Lab Research, Facilities Captured Through Lens of Visiting Photographers

To mark the International Day of Light on May 16, 27 photographers visited the Lab to creatively capture scenes of science at the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, NERSC, and battery labs. The event was part of a Global Physics Photowalk, with similar shoots taking place at research organizations around the world. Strategic Communications coordinated the Berkeley Lab Photowalk. Watch a video on the event here.

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Photo Taken Near Cafeteria Captures Beautiful Cloud Formations

While the weather has been unsettled these past few days, with hailstorms and pouring rain, one aesthetic byproduct is the formation of beautiful clouds over the Bay. Strategic Communications’ Kelly Owen recently caught this gorgeous sight. Could they be some nimbostratus combined with cumulonimbus? (Editor’s note…I really don’t know clouds at all!)

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Director’s Message on New Lab Communications Officer

John German has been named as the Lab’s Chief Communications Officer and will lead the newly formed Strategic Communications department. He will begin his duties on Feb. 12. German previously directed communications and media relations for research at Arizona State University, led communications at the Santa Fe Institute, and was a senior communicator at Sandia National Lab. More>

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