Today at Berkeley Lab

Nov. 28 NPower Talk on Helping Veterans Gain New Careers

Lab employees are invited to a talk by NPower on Nov. 28 from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. NPower provides pathways to employment for military veterans. The talk, sponsored by the Lab’s Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG), will cover how NPower creates internships and job placement for veterans. Send email here for more information on this event or VERG.

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Veterans Receive ‘Challenge Coin’ at Fourth Annual Appreciation Luncheon

In partnership with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office, the Directorate hosted the Lab’s annual appreciation luncheon for veterans on Nov. 8. Employees from various branches of the military, including veterans in the DOE Berkeley Site Office, were invited to attend. As part of a military tradition, veterans received a “challenge coin” as a token of appreciation. More>

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Studies Show Depth of Bias in Scientific Community

Scientists pride themselves on objectivity — they deal in empirical methods, double-blind studies, and data-driven conclusions. But when it comes to human bias, even the most rigorous researchers are vulnerable. Recent studies show the depth of bias problems related to race and gender in the scientific community in virtually every aspect of a scientist’s career life cycle. More>

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New UC Website to Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Career

The new website serves as a one-stop shop where veterans can easily access UC’s systemwide jobs search website and learn about the university’s salaries and benefits, professional development programs, and upcoming career and networking events. More>

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Veterans Employee Resource Group Serves Those Who Served Their Country

Phil Weiss of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Rich Celestre of the Advanced Light Source may work for different divisions, in completely different fields, but years ago, they both dedicated their lives to serving their country — one from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the other under the sweltering sun of the Persian Gulf. They co-chair the Lab’s Veterans ERG. More>

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Open Call for Employee Resource Groups

Since 2015, four Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have been formed to advance the Lab’s diversity and inclusion goals. ERGs are open to all Berkeley Lab employees, including allies. Those interested in joining one of these groups can visit the ERG website to learn more. Want to learn more about starting an ERG? Contact Lady Idos at lvidos@lbl.gov. More>

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NERSC Steps Up for ‘Inclusion Insights Game’

As part of the “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation” campaign sponsored by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office, divisions are invited to watch videos and answer questions after viewing to score points. NERSC’s Rebecca Hartman-Baker tapped into the user facilities’ interest in friendly competition to aid their success. She shares her thoughts on making the most of this campaign here.

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‘Keeping an Open Mind’ Videos and Game Now Available

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office has launched a Lab-wide program called “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation.” The DEI office, along with the DEI Council, invites all employees to watch the inclusion videos featuring Steve Robbins, then play the “Inclusion Insights” game. The theme for November is “Keeping an Open Mind.” More>

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Oct. 30 Brown-Bag Talk on Autism and Inclusion in the Workplace

As part of the Lab’s efforts to increase awareness during Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office and the All Access Employee Resource Group will host an autism awareness brown-bag lunch on Monday, Oct. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. More>

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How Improving Accessibility for Some Improves Accessibility for All

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We feature All Access Berkeley Lab, an Employee Resource Group (ERG) working to make our workplace and activities more accessible. The group is co-chaired by Betsy MacGowan (right) and Misha Gonzalez. Computing ALD Kathy Yelick is the executive sponsor. Go here to learn more about the All Access ERG.

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