The practice of mindfulness is receiving increasing scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve cognitive flexibility, foster relationship satisfaction, and promote health and well-being. The course (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) provides participants with the basic principles of mindfulness, as well as tools for developing and applying mindfulness in daily life. Registration is required.
A network of radiation-monitoring devices — designed and engineered by UC Berkeley students working with Lab researchers — and a companion website and open-source code serve as educational and outreach tools for an international project called DoseNet that stretches from Northern California classrooms to a city hall in Japan. More>
The event, hosted by the Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurial Program, features Robin Johnston of the Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office, as well as representatives from law firms WSGR and MoFo. The free event begins at 6 p.m. in 105 Stanley Hall. A networking session and reception will follow the presentations. More>
A new astronomy facility, the Simons Observatory, is planned in Chile’s Atacama Desert to boost ongoing studies of the evolution of the universe, from its earliest moments to today. The observatory will probe the subtle properties of the universe’s first light, known as cosmic microwave background radiation. More>
Are you a grad student or postdoc interested in pursuing a career in data science? An information session will be held Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. in 190 Doe Library, to learn more about the upcoming Data Science Workshop (July 9-30). The workshop features small teams who are paired with industry mentors to work on a data science project. More>
Cal Day includes over 400 activities, including museum tours, music performances, sports, lectures, demonstrations, information sessions, and more. The event begins at 8 a.m. and continues throughout the day. Go here to view a complete schedule.
Learn about the animals of the garden with your kids, growing summer dry native plants, or taking stunning photos with an iPhone, among other activities, at the Botanical Garden. Admission to the garden is free to employees by showing Lab ID. More>
Five UC Berkeley faculty have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching. The award recognizes teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, engages them thoroughly in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact. Siddiqi is a professor of physics. More>
Scientists are using artificial intelligence to help them achieve precise, dynamic measurements of water levels around the world. Steven Glaser of the Energy Geosciences Division says most current water models are based on readings from the last 50 years. More>
Daniel Kasen of the Nuclear Science Division was part of the team that reported this week the first observation of a “shock breakout,” which is when the shock wave of an exploding star punches through the surrounding stellar matter and becomes visible. More>