Today at Berkeley Lab

Activities Galore at the Lawrence Hall of Science This Month

During January, visitors to the Lawrence Hall of Science can engineer their own marble or pinball machine, learn about the various ways animals prepare and protect themselves for winter, and discover what life is like for meerkats via a 3D movie. More>

Chief Sustainability Officer Updates Berkeley City Council on Lab’s Achievements

Berkeley Lab’s Chief Sustainability Officer John Elliott recently presented a summary of the Lab’s climate and sustainability strategies and achievements to the Berkeley City Council. The council meeting also included an update on the city’s own climate action plan and UC Berkeley’s climate and sustainability strategies and achievements. Read more about the meeting on the Berkeleyside website.

Lab Employees Help Renovate West Berkeley Senior Center

On a recent Saturday, Lab volunteers removed 50-year-old flooring from the West Berkeley Senior Center’s commercial kitchen, clearing the way for new flooring that meets current codes. The upgrade is vital for a number of city-supported programs, including Meals on Wheels, which delivers thousands of meals to homebound seniors in Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville yearly. This was a project for Rebuilding Together East Bay-North.

Volunteers Sought for Rebuilding Together Project at Local Senior Center

Rebuilding Together-East Bay North needs volunteers on Dec. 1 and 2 to help remove and replace the kitchen floor in the West Berkeley Senior Center where the Meals on Wheels program is operated. Volunteers should wear protective shoes and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Work runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Contact George Reskin to volunteer.

Campus Art Museum Hosts Exhibit on ‘Modern Art in the Age of Einstein’

The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive is hosting an exhibition on “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein” through March 3. There will be a talk on “Relativity and Quantum Mechanics Made Simple” by Abigail Polin and Victoria Xu on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. Admission to the museum is free for Lab employees with ID.

Chabot Space & Science Center Hosts Nov. 10 Talk With Livermore Lab Researchers

Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will discuss “Biomolecular Action Movies: Flash Imaging With X-Ray Lasers,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. While the presentation is open to all, it is geared toward high school students. They will get free admission and a T-shirt for attending. Among the speakers is former Lab researcher Megan Shelby. More>

Lab Brings Science to the People at Discovery Day at AT&T Park

Discovery Day at AT&T Park, held Nov. 3 as part of the Bay Area Science Festival, was the culmination of a series of local activities for young scientists. The free event was packed with children of all ages getting hands-on experience with goop, brains, robots, and rockets. The Berkeley Lab booth added kale, lettuce, lights, bacteria, and even pepper to the experiment opportunities offered to attendees. Go here for more info and a photo feature.

Young Scientists Needed for Video

Berkeley Lab is looking for young scientists to be in a video about science. Filming is this Saturday, Nov. 3, at Discovery Days at AT&T Park. This is a family-friendly science event where students can do hands-on science with volunteers from tech companies, universities, museums, and labs. As part of the Berkeley Lab booth, Lab volunteers will lead experiments in nanoscience and the properties of light (diffraction grating). More>

Lab’s K-12 Program Moved to Community Relations

The K-12 program is now part of the Government and Community Relations group. This move strengthens connections with East Bay communities by leveraging the Lab’s unique resources to meet the community’s interest in science education for children. More>

Join BERC for Its 5th Annual Resources Roundtable

The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative is hosting its 5th annual Resources Roundtable on Wednesday, Oct. 31. This year’s focus will bring together Bay Area innovators in the waste and materials management space to share ideas and best practices. Go here to register or learn more about this day-long symposium.