Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Molecular Foundry Webcam Provides Bay View Even if You Don’t Have One

Not everyone at the Lab is fortunate enough to have a view, let alone windows. Not to worry … those who want to catch a glimpse of the beautiful vistas offered by the Lab’s hillside location can check out the Molecular Foundry’s webcam. Speaking of views, the Lab’s Robert Saye took this stunning photo, which blends two shots, one taken at noon and the other at 7 p.m.

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Megan Gentes, Ryan Smith Win 41st Annual Runaround Race

Hundreds of employees lined up at the firehouse on Friday for the Lab’s annual footrace, then sprinted into action after Director Witherell yelled “go!” But two runners emerged as the clear winners. Ryan Smith finished in 9:32 minutes, and Megan Gentes completed her run in 11:12 minutes. The winner of the T-shirt design contest was Dana Goodacre of the Advanced Light Source. Go here to view a slideshow of the event.

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Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 18

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Liver Awareness Month. Staff are encouraged to give blood during the Lab’s next donation drive on Thursday, Oct. 18, in support of cancer and transplant patients. The Bloodmobile will be in the cafeteria parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Go here to schedule an appointment (sponsor code “LBL”). Save time by using RapidPass. Walk-ins welcome if space is available.

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