Today at Berkeley Lab

Be an Ambassador for Science and Berkeley Lab at the 2018 Solano Stroll

Volunteers are needed on Sunday, Sept. 9, to help staff Berkeley Lab’s booth at the Solano Stroll. As the largest street festival in the East Bay, the event is a great way to engage with the community and highlight the Lab’s world-leading science. With more than 500 vendors featuring community organizations, crafters, music, and food, it promises to be a fun day. Go here to sign up for a two-hour time slot.

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Yelick Testifies Before House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences Kathy Yelick is scheduled to testify in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 12, before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The committee is conducting a hearing on “Big Data Challenges and Advanced Computing Solutions.” Go here to read the testimony. The hearing will be livestreamed at 7 a.m. PST. More> 

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Lab Researchers Participate in Career Panel for Rising Sun Energy Center

For the second year in a row, Lab scientists spoke to about 200 participants from the Rising Sun Energy Center’s California Youth Energy Services program about their STEM career paths. Organized by the Lab’s Government and Community Relations office and Workforce Development & Education office, the event featured Robin Lopez (EESA), Jose Sierra (NERSC), and Sarah Richardson (Cyclotron Road Cohort 3).

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Lab Employees Volunteer with Rebuilding Together to Improve Senior Center

Several Berkeley Lab employees (and a few of their spouses) recently spent a Saturday volunteering with Rebuilding Together East Bay-North to make improvements to the South Berkeley Senior Center. Their efforts were part of a larger renovation of the center, which provides companionship, culture, and community for older adults in Berkeley. Go here to see a list of volunteers.

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Berkeley Lab Participates in Alaska National Lab Day

To raise awareness about collaborating with national labs, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and the University of Alaska Fairbanks hosted Alaska National Lab Day. Lab Director Mike Witherell helped explain “What is a National Lab?” ETA researcher Peter Larsen spoke on energy solutions, and Elsie Quaite-Randall (Intellectual Property Office) discussed entrepreneurship.

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District Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee Visits Berkeley Lab

Tatyana Kalinga (left), district director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recently visited Berkeley Lab for the first time. She received an overview of the Lab from Director Witherell, was briefed on the Lab’s international clean energy collaborations, and toured NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and the Advanced Light Source. Kalinga previously worked for the congresswoman for 11 years in her Washington, D.C. office.

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Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Leadership Visits Berkeley Lab

Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon and the Government and Community Relations Office recently hosted leadership from the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative to discuss common goals in the effort to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges around energy and the environment. The group learned about the Lab’s history and mission, and toured the Advanced Light Source.

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State Science Council Issues Field Guide to Federal Labs in California

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) — established to assist state legislators with science-related policy issues — recently unveiled a guide on “Federal Labs and Research Centers Benefiting California.” The guide highlights research at DOE and NASA labs, including Berkeley Lab, and outlines how CCST and state labs can support government decision-making. More>

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Help Local Seniors at June 9 ‘Rebuilding Together’ Renovation Project

Berkeley Lab is partnering with Rebuilding Together on renovations at the South Berkeley Senior Center on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help sand, stain, paint, and install energy-efficient radiant barrier window film. Lunch is provided. Sign up by June 1. Contact Jenn Tang (Government and Community Relations) for more info.

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Lab User Facilities Participate in SSURF Capitol Hill Exhibition

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hosted a User Science Exhibition last month. The Society for the Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) — which includes the Lab’s Molecular Foundry, NERSC, Joint Genome Institute, ESnet, and the Advanced Light Source — hosted exhibits and demos of their research and conveyed the positive impact of user facilities.

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