Today at Berkeley Lab

No Open House This Year; Lab Booth at Sunday Streets on Oct. 13

After three successful years of Open House events, budget constraints will prevent the Lab from hosting one this year. But the Lab will continue its public outreach efforts with participation in “Sunday Streets” on Oct. 13. As part of the event, Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley will be closed for 17 blocks, from Rose St. to Haste St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lab’s booth will feature information and demos on indoor air quality and artificial photosynthesis research, as well as a hands-on activity to show how cool paint can reduce energy use. The booth will be located on the west side of Shattuck Ave., between Center and Addison. Employees interested in volunteering can contact Lyn Hunter.

Social Media Drives Interest in Lab’s Open House

The 2012 Berkeley Lab Open House featured a number of new exhibits this year, including public tours of the 88” cyclotron and one booth focused on social media. The Lab’s Public Affairs office encouraged visitors to send photos and use Twitter and Facebook to record their experiences. Samples of the day’s photos are available here.

The day was also captured by UC Berkeley’s student-run Cal TV, which also covered the unveiling of Perlmutter Road. To see the story, click here.

Lab Hosts Thousands at Saturday’s Open House

Nearly 6,000 members of the community came to the Hill on Saturday, gaining science knowledge and learning more about Berkeley Lab at the annual Open House event. Virtually every division hosted exhibits, including the Joint Genome Institute, who dispersed poplar tree saplings to guests, such as these intrepid Boy Scouts. Event organizers wish to thank the hundreds of volunteers who helped make Open House a huge success. More on Open House will appear in TABL tomorrow.

Open House is This Saturday; Info on Access and Parking

Open House is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The southern portion of the Bevatron lot will be closed Thursday, and the entire lot on Friday. Volunteers can enter through Blackberry Gate before 9 a.m. Employee guests driving to the Lab will not be permitted onsite until after 9 a.m. Employee guests and volunteers arriving after 9 a.m. must use Grizzly or Strawberry Gates. There will be no vehicle access near the Bevatron site after 9 a.m. Go here to view open employee guest parking lots. Shuttles will depart the West Gate on campus starting at 9:45 a.m. Guest registration is now closed.

Open House to be Lab’s First Zero Waste Event

The Open House on Saturday, Oct. 13, will be the Lab’s first zero-waste event. Event organizers and exhibitors are working hard to avoid using items that must be thrown away in favor of items that can be reused, composted or recycled. To limit the number of programs printed, a mobile version will be available for download. All of the food service items will be compostable or recyclable. Each of the material streams from the event will be measured to report percentage by weight of compost, recycling, and landfill collected. Lab staff who are attending Open House as guests are encouraged to help make the landfill portion zero. For more information, or to volunteer for the Open House Sustainability Team, send e-mail here.

Open House is Oct. 13; Preparations to Impact Bevatron Parking

The Lab will host an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 13, which will bring thousands of community members to the hill to learn more about our research. To prepare for the event, the south end of the Bevatron parking lot will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 11. The entire lot will be closed on Friday, Oct. 12. Drivers who normally use this lot are encouraged to use the pit parking lot, or take the Lab shuttle bus from downtown. Send e-mail here if you are interested in volunteering.

Free T-Shirt, Lunch for Open House Volunteers

Join your fellow employees in helping out with the Lab’s highest profile outreach activity…Open House. The event — which draws thousands from the local community — takes place Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Staff can volunteer for their division’s exhibit (contact your division’s POC to learn more), or provide general assistance. Volunteers must work a minimum of three hours to receive a free t-shirt and boxed lunch. Volunteers must be registered and attend a safety meeting on the morning of the event to receive the free items. A printout of your registration is required to access the Lab. Go here to register.

Lab Hosts Open House on Oct. 13; Registration Now Open

The Lab is once again opening its doors to the community on Saturday, Oct. 13 for the third annual Open House. This year’s theme is “Adventures in Science With Berkeley Lab’s Science Explorers” and highlights the research we conduct all over the world. The event — this year located in the Bevatron parking lot — will feature exhibits, lectures, tours, a Family Adventure Zone, food for purchase, performers, and more. Lab employees who would like to attend as guests can visit the Open House website for more information and to register. Staff who are volunteering for the event can sign up on a special website created for them, which will be available early next week.

A Message From Director Alivisatos on Lab’s 2012 Open House

Based on the success over the last two years and the terrific feedback we received from visitors, I am excited to announce that we will host an Open House this year on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Open House showcases our research and how it benefits society, seeks to inspire future generations of scientists, and helps build good relations with our local community, which are all key to the Lab’s overall mission.

This year’s theme is “Adventures in Science With the Berkeley Lab Explorers” and the event location will move to the Bevatron parking lot, which provides more room, a flatter surface, and easier access for visitors.

Open House is not possible without the help of volunteers, so I have asked each Division Director to create a task force comprised of scientists and/or staff to develop exhibits showcasing their research or operational areas. A representative of this group will work with Public Affairs, which is leading the overall program.

Those interested in assisting with their division’s exhibit, or assisting with general event duties, can contact event manager Lyn Hunter.

I look forward to seeing you at this wonderful, exciting event. Go here to watch a video of last year’s event.

— Paul Alivisatos

Lab’s Open House, Windows Technology Featured on KQED Radio Programs

Yesterday morning on KQED’s QUEST science program, the efforts of Lab researchers to make windows “smarter” was featured. It included interviews with Howdy Goudey (EETD) and Delia Milliron (Materials Sciences).

The Lab was also featured on the station’s “California Report” weekly program with a story on the Open House event that brought thousands of community members to the Hill for a day of science education.