Today at Berkeley Lab

Call for Innovation Awards Nominees — East Bay Economic Development Alliance

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance is seeking nominations for its 2019 annual Innovation Awards. Submit nominations by Oct. 19. Categories include Advanced Manufacturing, Catalyst of the Year, Clean Tech, Education, Engineering & Design, Food, Information and/or Communication Technology, and Life Sciences.

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Mary Maxon Tells Leaders Carbon Could Be California’s Next Gold Rush

Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon recently spoke at an event hosted by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance about the East Bay’s unique biotech innovation ecosystem. During the panel discussion, Maxon noted that carbon waste could be California’s next gold rush, driving the bioeconomy. The discussion was recorded by Contra Costa TV and will be rebroadcast through October. Go here to see the schedule.

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Chabot Space & Science Center Seeks Volunteers; Orientation on Oct. 6

A volunteer orientation takes place Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers make earth and space science come alive for visitors through interactive and hands-on experiences. A one-year commitment of eight hours per month is required. More>

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Two Lab Science Slam Winners to Participate in ‘Uncharted Ideas’ Festival

The two-day festival (Oct. 5 and 6) explores the issues beyond today’s headlines via talks, performances, workshops, and an opening-night party with live music and food. Among those giving talks are recent Berkeley Lab Science Slam winners Michele Rosso (Friday at 12:10 p.m.), and Sinéad Griffin (Saturday at noon). More>

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Register for California’s Earthquake Brace and Bolt Program

The City of Berkeley encourages homeowners to register for the California Earthquake Brace and Bolt Program, which runs Oct. 9 to Nov.13. The program allows homeowners to qualify for a $3,000 rebate on seismic retrofits. Go here to see if your house is in an eligible zip code and sign up for updates and an email when registration opens.

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Lab Volunteers Greet Hundreds of Visitors at the Solano Stroll

Earlier this month, Deputy Lab Director for Operations Michael Brandt and more than 30 employees volunteered at the Lab’s booth at the Solano Stroll, a mile-long street fair in Berkeley and Albany. Hundreds of people stopped by to learn about the Lab’s world-class research and engage with demos from NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and JBEI. Go here to see a list of volunteers. View additional photos here.

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Discounts Offered on Clean Energy Options; Learn More at Oct. 2 Workshop

The City of Berkeley is partnering with Bay Area SunShares on a program that offers a 15% discount on solar installation and pre-vetted solar providers, plus discounts on select zero-emission vehicles. Sign-up for these discounts by Nov. 15. Learn more about the program at an Oct. 2 workshop. Renters can also learn about clean energy options at the event. Register here for the workshop. More>

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Michael Wehner to Discuss Extreme Weather at the Alameda Public Library

Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events — like drought, wildfire, crop failure, and species extinction — are among the most serious consequence of global warming. Understanding what the future portends is vital if society hopes to adapt to a very different world. Berkeley Lab’s Michael Wehner will discuss these topics at the Alameda Public Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. More>

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Youth From Rising Sun Energy Center Visit Lab for Energy Design Challenge

For the second year, Berkeley Lab hosted youth participants from the Rising Sun Energy Center for an energy design challenge. The youths, who spent the summer providing “Green House Call” services to residents in Northern California, were able to apply what they’ve learned in residential energy-efficiency work to the challenge. Volunteers from ETA and across the Lab were critical to making the event a success.

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Free Outdoor Movie in Downtown Berkeley on Aug. 12

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is screening “Step,” a documentary about an inner-city women’s step team, on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. The movie is free, but bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The screen is located at the corner of Addison and Oxford streets. Food and beverages are available in the museum’s cafe. More>

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