Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Scientist James Harris Played Key Role in Discovering New Elements

February is Black History Month. Today we celebrate James Harris, a Berkeley Lab scientist and the first African American to play a key role in the search for new elements. He is credited with helping to discover rutherfordium and dubnium. To learn more about Harris, go here, or see recent Berkeley Lab posts on Twitter and Facebook.

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UC Webinar Tomorrow on Ending Stigma of Mental Illness

Stephen Hinshaw, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, and professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco, will present a system-wide UC webinar on Feb. 22 about the social and personal costs of the stigma surrounding mental illness, and what can be done to ensure patients have access to needed treatments. More>

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Black History Month: Feb. 27 Talk by NASA Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi

Hakeem Oluseyi of the Florida Institute of Technology will give a brown-bag lunch talk called “Hacking the Stars” on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Oluseyi will discuss his professional journey as an astrophysicist, cosmologist, inventor, educator, science communicator, author, actor, and humanitarian. He will also share his personal experiences. More>

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Seeking Nominations for ‘Women @ The Lab’ 2018 Honorees

Staff are invited to submit nominations for talented and dedicated women whose contributions and achievements to the Lab’s mission merit recognition. Nominations are accepted for various categories. Honorees will be celebrated at the “Women @ The Lab” event in June, sponsored by the Women Scientists and Engineers Council. The nomination deadline is March 9. More>

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Director’s Message on Lab Efforts to Support Women in Science

Earlier this week, Director Witherell participated in the Women Scientists and Engineers Council’s annual networking event. In this message, he reflects upon the Lab’s ongoing efforts to improve the environment for women in STEM, and applauds steps taken globally to make the field of science more inclusive.

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Staff Invited to Join ‘gLoBaL’ Employee Resource Group

In an effort to support the inclusion and community of international employees in the workplace, the Lab’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office is launching a new Employee Resource Group called the “gLoBaL” ERG (the word “global” with “LBL” in it). The group is open to any employee (from anywhere, including the United States) who wishes to join. More>

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Feb. 27 Women’s Panel on Transitioning from Academia to the Biotech Industry

The Women Entrepreneurs of Berkeley will host a panel discussion about transitioning from academia to the biotech industry on Feb. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Panelists include the Lab’s Jill Fuss of CinderBio, Rachel Haurwitz of Caribou Biosciences, and Sarah McWhirter of the STING Program at Aduro. Registration required. More>

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‘Still They Rise’ – African American ERG Seeks Empowerment for All

As part of Black History Month, we highlight the Lab’s African American Employee Resource Group and its efforts to advance a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. Founded in 2016, the group’s strategic priorities encompass four core actions: recruit, retain, empower, and inspire. More>

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‘Be Mindful: Wait to Respond or React’ Videos, Inclusion Challenge Now Available

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office has launched a Lab-wide program called “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation.” Each month features a new inclusion theme. February’s topic is “Be Mindful: Wait to Respond or React.” As part of the program, staff are invited to watch a series of videos associated with this theme, then join a conversation challenge. More>

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Video of Conversation With Jennifer Doudna and NPR’s Joe Palca

Lab researcher Jennifer Doudna and NPR science correspondent Joe Palca spoke late last year as part of Director Witherell’s Distinguished Women in Science speaker series. The series provides a venue for prominent women researchers to discuss their work, experiences, and perspectives. Doudna led the development of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technique. Watch the video here

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