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Demos Posted of New Processes for Proposals, Purchasing

Videos provide details on different facets of the Financial Systems Modernization (F$M) project. Watch the “Introduction Session” to get an overview. Full training will start in July. More>

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IT Offers Advanced Arduino Workshops on June 24

Classes offered from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. More>

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JCAP Hosts Solar Fuels Summer School

June 16 to 20 program offers lab experience in key research areas of sunlight-to-fuel conversion. More>

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Archiving Files/Records Class on April 25

Are you running out of space in your office, moving to a new office, or tasked with processing the records of retiring (or already retired) scientists? Learn more about files that need to be kept, which can be archived, which can be disposed of, and DOE and Lab compliance at a workshop put on by the Archives and Records Office (ARO) on Friday, April 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 50B-4205. Go here to register. More>

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Public Affairs Offers Media Training Session on April 23

Berkeley Lab’s Office of Public Affairs is offering a series of onsite media training sessions. The two-hour session is ideal for researchers and others who may find themselves talking to the news media or speaking in public. The program includes a brief primer on working with the news media and why it’s important to properly communicate science in these challenging budget times, and will offer an opportunity to practice delivering your messages on-camera. Each session is limited to six participants so early registration is suggested. The free class is led by former CBS News producer, and current Lab communications manager, Jon Weiner. The next session will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 PM on Wednesday April 23. Send e-mail here to register.

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Petascale Post-Doc Project a Supercomputing Success Story

The first post-doctoral research project centered at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is being credited with helping its participants advance their careers and boosting the state-of-the-art in high performance scientific computing software applications. The Computational Science and Engineering Petascale Initiative — aka the Petascale Post-doc Project — was unveiled in 2009. The goal was to hire several post-doctoral researchers to work with science teams on research in key application areas that support DOE’s energy mission and encourage the use of NERSC supercomputers for energy research. The program was funded through ARRA. More>

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Workshop Helps Staff Share Engaging Science Activities With Students

Participate in an upcoming volunteer workshop for the Berkeley Lab Adventure Zone in Elementary Science (BLAZES) program. Learn to guide visiting fifth graders as they investigate properties of matter through hands-on science activities related to states of matter, electricity, and thermal conductivity of metals. BLAZES is an on-site program and volunteers are needed daily from October until mid-May. You choose the date(s) when you can volunteer. The time commitment is from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the day(s) that you are volunteering. The workshop will be held, Monday, April 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 7-211. Registration required.

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Seats Available for Open Source Hardware Class Tuesday

Spaces are available in two free “Introduction to Arduino” classes tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18. The three-hour classes (9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.) cover getting started with the Open Source Arduino hardware platform, creating your first programs, and the basics of working with the Arduino board. Materials will be provided. For more information, visit the IT website.

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Brown Bag Lunch on Careers in Data Science and Data Engineering

The Insight Data Science and Data Engineering Fellowships are intensive six-week postdoctoral training fellowships designed to bridge the gap between academia and a career in big data. Jake Klamka, founder of the program, will describe the career transitions of past Fellows, including Berkeley Lab postdocs. Insight Fellows have hailed from diverse fields, including physics, astronomy, computational biology, neuroscience, medical imaging, math, statistics, and engineering; they are now data scientists and engineers at Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Square, Palantir, Netflix, and others. The first deadline to apply is March 23. Attend a brown bag on March 14 at noon in Bldg. 70A-3377 (new location) for more information.

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New Genomics Incubator Launched; Application Period Open

Applications are now being accepted for the Illumina Accelerator Program, a business accelerator focused on advancing innovation for the genomics industry. The inaugural session begins August 1. Invited participants will receive technology and business guidance, financial support, instrument access, and accelerator lab space. Go here for the application form, due May 16, and FAQs.

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