Today at Berkeley Lab

Aug. 1 Postdoc Workshop: Job Hunting in Academia

Postdocs who want to learn more about jobs in academia can attend an Aug. 1 workshop, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Building 66 Auditorium. This is the first of a two-part presentation led by Bill Lindstaedt, who leads Career Advancement and International and Postdoctoral Services at UCSF. The first session will explore “Launching a Faculty Job Search and Preparing Application Materials.” Register here. More>

June 13 Workshop on Informational Interviewing for Early Career Scientists

The Lab’s Peter Fiske will host a new workshop on June 13 that offers tips on conducting an effective informational interview. He will review the progress made by 33 Lab postdocs who joined the Informational Interview Challenge in January. Hear their stories of discovering opportunities and new directions through informational interviewing. The workshop starts at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Register here.

Interactive Live Theater Sessions Help Foster Harassment-Free Workplace

The Lab is offering a live, interactive theater experience, with trained actors, to foster a harassment-free workplace. Staff are encouraged to attend as a way to increase diversity, inclusion, and positive behavior. Register for the June 13 session at Potter St., or the June 21 session at JBEI. Attendees will receive harassment-prevention training credit. More>

Emotional Intelligence Workshops Coming Up in June, July, and August

The workshops use group exercises and an interactive personality decoding method to help participants learn how to manage stress and emotions. Each workshop includes two sessions. Register for one of three workshops: June 7 and 21, July 6 and 20, or August 17 and 31. Registration instructions are here. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

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 for more information. The workshop will also be livestreamed at

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.

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>

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.

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>

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>