Today at Berkeley Lab

Tell Your Story: May 31 Workshop on the ‘Art and Science’ of Communicating

The Lab’s Peter Fiske will lead a new workshop on “The Art & Science of Communication: Telling Your Story” on Thursday, May 31, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. This workshop is recommended for graduate students, postdocs, and early career scientists. Register here (course code PDT 0117). Visit postdocresources.lbl.gov for more information.

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Postdocs and Early Career Scientists Can Win Cash Prizes at Lab Research SLAM

Researchers are invited to present their science at the Lab’s inaugural Research SLAM on Sept. 20. The event offers a chance to improve presentation skills and win a $3,000 first prize, $1,500 second prize, or $750 people’s choice award. Submit an intent to participate by June 15 to get first-priority registration for communications training with Jean-Luc Doumont. Go here for details.

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Safety, Security & Sustainability Fair Takes Place April 26

The fair — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cafeteria parking lot — features info on hearing conservation, bicycle safety, and HR disability benefits, as well activities like simulated fire evacuations from the “Smokehouse,” and UC Berkeley’s bomb truck demos. The Bay View Café will offer a BBQ lunch, and attendees can enter a raffle to win an emergency backpack or radio. More>

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Livestream of April 13 ‘Communications and Presentation Skills’ Workshop

HR is hosting a workshop for scientists and engineers who would like to improve their communication and presentation skills. The workshop, titled “The Three Laws of Communication,” will be led by Jean-Luc Doumont. Registration is closed for the physical meeting, but the event will be streamed live from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

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HR’s Pat Montano Among Winners of UC’s 150th Anniversary Trivia Quiz

Montano was among 300 people with a perfect score (3,000 took the quiz). Their names were entered into a drawing, from which 25 winners were named. “My first score was bad, but I kept trying,” said Montano. She enlisted the help of her HR colleague Stacy Greene to get a perfect score. “We learned a lot in the process and had a lot of fun.” She is sharing the prize with Greene. More>

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Lab Staff Invited to Join Latino and Native American Employee Resource Group

In an effort to support Hispanic/Latino employees in the workplace, Berkeley Lab’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office has launched the Latino and Native American Association (LANA) Employee Resource Group (ERG). The group is open to any employee who wishes to join. More>

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‘Introduction to Pedagogy’ Workshops for Postdocs, Early Career Scientists

Postdocs and early career scientists are invited to attend a two-part pedagogy workshop called “Science Teaching Effectiveness Program for Upcoming Professors (STEP-UP).” The workshops – led by UC San Francisco’s Laurence Clement – take place March 12 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register here. More>

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New Workshop Series for Early Career Scientists and Postdocs

A new series of workshops with Josh Henkin, founder of STEM Career Services, takes place Feb. 28 to March 2. Workshop topics include “Strategic Career Planning 2.0,” “Elevator Pitch 2.0,” “Pitchfest,” and “Leveraging LinkedIn.” Go here for more information and to register.

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New Workshop on Intellectual Property and the Commercial Value of Research

The Innovations & Partnerships Office will host a workshop for postdocs and early career scientists on “Intellectual Property and the Commercial Value of Research.” The workshop – on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the Building 66 Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. – highlights the fundamentals of intellectual property and provides a framework for understanding the commercial value of your research. Register here (course PDT0108).

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United Auto Workers Organizing Scientific Research Staff at the Lab

The United Auto Workers union is seeking to organize UC graduate student research assistants, scientific engineering associates, project scientists and engineers, career/career-track research and staff scientists and engineers, and senior scientists. UC respects the right to organize. Go here for information on your rights, the unionization process, and what being unionized means.

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