Today at Berkeley Lab

‘Apples & Hops’ Festival at the UC Botanical Garden on Aug. 25

Join the UC Botanical Garden on Saturday, Aug. 25, for its “Apples & Hops” Garden Festival, a special fundraiser for education. The Botanical Garden has extended a 25 percent discount code (UCBGFRIEND) to all Lab employees. Learn more about the event here.

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Lab Tennis Club Hosts Annual Tournament Aug. 27 and 29

The doubles tournament runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m., on Aug. 27 and 29, at the Davie Tennis Stadium in Oakland. Partners will rotate on the first day and fixed on the second day. To participate, email your playing level (beginner, intermediate, advanced), availability (one or both nights), and phone number to Csaba Toth. Deadline is Friday, Aug. 24 at noon. Cost is $5 per day, payable in cash at the site.

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Help Reduce Blood Shortage by Participating in Aug. 16 Red Cross Blood Drive

Due to a current blood shortage, staff are encouraged to donate at the Lab’s next blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 16. Donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card via email. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the cafeteria parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go here to schedule an appointment (sponsor code “LBL”). Walk-ins are also welcome. Save time by using RapidPass.

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Free Outdoor Movie in Downtown Berkeley on Aug. 12

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is screening “Step,” a documentary about an inner-city women’s step team, on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. The movie is free, but bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The screen is located at the corner of Addison and Oxford streets. Food and beverages are available in the museum’s cafe. More>

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Two Staff Photos Show Smoky Skies Above the Lab

While the California wildfires may seem distant, the effects are visible locally, with smoky conditions creating ominous skies overhead. Two employees captured this phenomenon in recent photos taken at the Lab. Do you have a Lab photo you’d like to share via the Lab’s social media channels? Upload to your Twitter account and tag @BerkeleyLab for a chance to have it shared.

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Winners Announced for Photo Club ‘Wild Animals’ Contest

Stephen Czarnecki won first place, with Claude Lyneis and Czarnecki tied for second place, Randy Roig in third place, and Lyneis in fourth place. Go here to view the winning images and for more on the Lab’s Photo Club.

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Runaround T-Shirt Contest Launches

Submit a one-color vector, PDF file that is 300 DPI or higher resolution, on white or light background. The design must include the Lab logo and the words “Berkeley Lab,” “41st Annual Runaround,” and “2018,” along with your division name, phone number, and description. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 22. Voting begins late August. Go here for more on the race, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12.

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Judges Pick Top 10 Winners in Berkeley Lab Employee Photo Contest

Jiannan Wang, a postdoctoral researcher in the Geophysics Department in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Berkeley Lab, won first place in a Lab employee photo contest for an evening time-lapse photo showing the Advanced Light Source dome, and also had three other entries that placed in the top 10. Wang’s first-place photo also received the most online votes as the People’s Choice winner of the contest. More>

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Smogathon Looks for Best Air Pollution Solutions

Smogathon is a global competition for the best air pollution solutions. Apply by August 12 to compete in the North American semifinal in Berkeley. Winners will travel to Poland for the final and will have a chance to win $15,000 in cash plus implementation funding. More>

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Jay Marx to Speak at EX-Ls Retirement Association Luncheon on Aug. 16

Jay Marx, former executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory at CalTech, will speak on “The Discovery of Gravitational Waves, a New Window on the Universe” at the next EX-Ls Retirement Association luncheon on Aug. 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Berkeley Marina. The $40 registration fee includes lunch (with tax and tip) and parking. Register here.

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