Today at Berkeley Lab

Winners Announced for Photo Club ‘Forgotten Objects’ Contest

John Christensen (EESA) won first place, with Haris Mahic (ALS) in second, John O’Brien (EESA) and Arkadeep Kumar (ETA) tied for third, and Janie Page (ETA) in fourth. Go here to view the winning images and for more on the Lab’s Photo Club.

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Judith Campisi to Speak at EX-Ls Luncheon on Nov. 15

Biosciences’ Judith Campisi will give a talk on “The Essence of Senescence” at the next ‘EX-Ls’ Berkeley Lab Retirement Association luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Berkeley Marina at 200 Marina Blvd. Registration costs $40. Questions? Contact Kathy Bjornstad, EX-Ls activity coordinator.

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Want to Improve Your Public Speaking? Toastmasters Club Hosts Nov. 8 Open House

Join the Lab’s Toastmasters – a group dedicated to improving public speaking and leadership skills – at an open house on Thursday, Nov. 8 at noon, in Building 70A, Room 3377. Attendees can see firsthand how the weekly Toastmasters meetings work, and learn more from club members. The event will feature James Forslind, an experienced speaker who will talk about his journey through Toastmasters. Refreshments will be provided.

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Do You Have a Seat at the Table? Sign Up to Be a Thanksgiving Host or Guest

The gLoBaL Employee Resource Group is matching international employees and hosts for Thanksgiving dinner. GLoBal will match guests and hosts who fill out an online form by Nov. 16. Participants will be notified of their match on Nov. 19 via email, leaving it to both guests and hosts to arrange details such as transportation and who gets the drumstick. More>

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Lab Employees Put Halloween Spirit on Display

Who’s got spirit? Berkeley Lab employees do, especially when it’s time to celebrate Halloween. Go here to see a slideshow of the ghouls, ghosts, and goblins on display at the offices of Maria Atkinson (OCFO), Sue Broadway (Health Services), Giselle Jiles (ATAP), Nieves Kooyman (EESA), Kelly Palkki (EHS), Sara Ricks (Biosciences), and David Stein (Assurance and Integrity Office).

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Postdoc Association to Host New ‘Cultural Lunch’ Event

The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association’s inaugural Cultural Lunch will take place at noon this Friday, Nov. 2, in Building 54, Room 130. Louise Lassalle, a postdoc in the Biosciences Area, will discuss examples of French politeness and faux pas. Bring your own lunch to this casual event to meet new people and learn more about the diverse places we come from. More>

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Have You Decorated Your Lab Space for Halloween? Share a Photo With TABL

Has the spirit of Halloween moved you and your colleagues to put up goulish decorations in your office? Or maybe you’ve transformed your cubicle into a scary space? If so, take a photo and we’ll share it with the Lab on Oct. 31. Send photos to [email protected] by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

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Science Meets Fiction: Researchers Use Lab Inspiration in Their Writing

When it comes to writing science fiction, authors Corie Ralston (Biosciences Area) and Joe Silber (Engineering Division) use their experiences at the Lab to inform the plots of their stories. “I have daily interactions with scientists and access to all of these lab spaces where science actually happens,” says Silber. “I experience the visual, sensorial aspects firsthand — all of that adds a lot of texture to my stories.” More>

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Staff Invited to Join JGI Halloween Runaround on Oct. 31

While the Hill version of the Runaround is now in the rearview mirror, Lab staff can look forward to another fun footrace as the Joint Genome Institute hosts its annual Halloween Runaround. The race begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the JGI facility in Walnut Creek. All participants are asked to come in costume for this 3K walk/run event. Email Christine Naca to register.

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Ukulele Lessons Begin Oct. 23

The Lab’s Ukulele Club is starting a new instruction series and location. Aimed especially at beginners and non-musicians, this course will introduce the “uke” and the basics of how to read, play, write, and sing along to songs, with some musical theory thrown in along the way. Some loaner ukuleles available (no instrument required to start). Lessons will take place on Tuesdays, starting on Oct. 23, at noon in Building 76-235.

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