Today at Berkeley Lab

IT Hosts Data Carpentry Workshop June 27 and 28

The IT Division is offering a training course in Data Carpentry using Python for scientific data analytics. The course will use data sets from earth sciences and ecology domains, but the tools and methods are applicable to all fields of scientific research. No prior programming experience is required. The two-day workshop will be held in Bldg. 71B-290. Space is limited. Register here.

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Archiving Files and Records Workshop on June 8

Running out of space in your office, moving to a new office, or tasked with processing the records of retiring or retired scientists? Learn which files need to be kept, which can be archived, and which can be disposed of at a workshop sponsored by the Archives and Records Office on Thursday, June 8 at 10 a.m. in Perseverance Hall. Register here (ITD0508).

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Medical Emergency Response Team Graduates

Twelve employees completed Emergency Medical Technician-Basic training to join the Lab’s Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). MERT is part of the Lab’s Disaster Assistance Teams, designed to augment professional response to disasters. Go here for more information and to see who completed the training.

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DOE Sponsors Energy I-Corps Entrepreneurial Training

The six-week Energy I-Corps program (formerly called Lab-Corps), guides PIs and entrepreneurial leads (ELs) in customer discovery to identify an energy-related technology’s commercial potential and market fit. Interested PI/EL teams or individuals seeking a team must contact Russell Carrington (x6439) before May 19. Go here to view video series of past teams. More>

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Lab Toastmasters Club Hosts May 18 Open House

Toastmasters is a great way to improve presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills. Learn more about the Lab’s Toastmasters Club, “Toast on the Hill,” at its open house, from noon to 1 p.m., in Bldg. 70A-3377. The event will feature Toast on the Hill member Michael Commer, who recently won first place in the District 57 International Speech Contest. Refreshments will be provided.

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New Postdoc Orientation on May 3

The orientation, organized by the Lab’s Postdoc Association, is for all new postdocs. Participants will learn about various resources available at the Lab that will help them conduct their jobs more effectively. The event takes place Wednesday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Building 50 Auditorium.

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Public Affairs Offers Media Training on May 11

The two-hour session is ideal for researchers and others who may need to speak to the news media or the public. Former CBS News producer, and current Lab Communications manager, Jon Weiner will lead this free class from 10 a.m. to noon on May 11. Contact Weiner for more information or to sign up. More>

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Training Opportunities in Excel, Smartsheet and More

The IT Division is offering a series of training opportunities over the next few months on introductory, intermediate and advanced Excel features, as well as Excel for Science. Other classes include “Project Management With Smartsheet,” “PowerPoint Psychology,” and various “Intro to Google” applications. Go here for more information and to register.

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Video of AGU Webinar on Sharing Science With the Media Now Available

The recent webinar, hosted by the American Geophysical Union, included tips on how to prepare for a newspaper, TV, or radio interview, what to do when a reporter calls, and how to establish successful long-term relationships with journalists. Watch here.

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April 3 Seminar on How to Use Social Media

With the increasing importance of social media in scientific outreach, scientists need to learn how to use these tools to their advantage. UC Berkeley’s Catharine Adams will present “How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Research Career” on Monday, April 3, at 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Lab’s Postdoc Association.

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