Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Honors Education Volunteers at Special Event

The Lab recently honored over 400 employees who have volunteered for education and outreach events over the last year. These activities are critical for bringing the Lab’s science into schools and communities. Check out photos from the event here. If you’d like to volunteer to mentor interns, facilitate workshops in schools, or participate in career panels, complete this brief form.

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Reception for Lab Education-Outreach Volunteers on Sept. 21

Hundreds of Lab staff volunteer for education and outreach programs across the Bay Area. Celebrate their substantial impact on schools and communities at the annual Berkeley Lab Education Volunteer Recognition event on Sept. 21, 3 to 4:30 p.m., in the cafeteria dining room. Volunteers should bring/wear their ambassador t-shirt for a group photo at 4 p.m.

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An ALS Intern’s Vision Becomes (Virtual) Reality

For ALS Summer Intern Sam Schickler, the most exciting part about the ALS isn’t its famous dome, the particle accelerator it houses, or the X-ray experiments themselves–it’s the data. It’s why the rising 11th grader jumped at the chance to spend the summer at the ALS developing virtual reality experiences of ALS data and the ALS facility. More>

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Mentoring Essay by Laleh Coté Published in GradNews

Laleh Coté from the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education office recently won a writing contest and published an essay in GradNews about mentoring summer intern Erica Dettmer-Radtke through the Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program, citing advice she received from Lab employees Maurice Garcia-Sciveres (Physics), Azriel Goldschmidt (Engineering), and Tracy Mattox (Molecular Foundry).

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Local Youths Compete in Lab’s First Energy Design Challenge

Nearly 30 youths from the Rising Sun Energy Center recently visited the Lab to compete in the first-ever Berkeley Lab Energy Design Challenge. The judging panel included Josh Quigley from Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office, Tasha Henneman from Senator Nancy Skinner’s office, and Lab scientist Leo Rainer from the Energy Technologies Area. More>

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Targeting Better Cancer Drugs Through Lab Partnership

University of Kentucky professor Sally Ellingson and student Derek Jones spent the summer in the Lab’s Computational Research Division working on a model that uses machine learning to assess how drugs bind with proteins. Their work is sponsored by a Lab partnership that allows Ellingson to extend national lab research opportunities to students interested in computational science. More>

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Summer Intern Series: Sophie Dilek Creates a Bacterial ‘Trojan Horse’

Sophie Dilek, a recent Smith College graduate, was mentored by chemical scientists Rebecca Abergel and Dahlia An. Dilek developed a bacteria-specific “Trojan horse” by linking a siderophore to something that can kill bacteria, such as an alpha particle. Bacteria use siderophores — low molecular-weight, high-affinity metal chelators — to sequester iron in low-bioavailability environments. Watch>

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Intern Focuses on Laser Light for Spaceflight

Elliot Heywood had dreamed of landing an internship at Berkeley Lab, but he never could have imagined his dream would take wing as a summer stint studying laser-propelled space travel. More>

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Summer Intern Series: Working on New Imaging Technique at the Foundry

Recent University of Pennsylvania Daniel Durham was mentored by Frank Olgetree and Edward Barnard at the Molecular Foundry. They worked on a new imaging technique called “hyperspectral scanning electron imaging” that can aid the identification of invisible defects or features of nanomaterials by scanning an electron beam over the material while collecting other pertinent information.

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Summer Intern Series: Lab Helps Fuel Gutierrez’s Career in Science

This summer, Carolina Gutierrez completed her second internship through the DOE’s Community College Internship program at the Lab’s Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, mentored by Ling Liang. She is also active in trying to recruit other community college students to pursue STEM education. Learn more about Gutierrez’s internship here, and check out her Instagram takeover.

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