More than a thousand curious and enthusiastic visitors took a self-guided tour of the ALS during the Open House. They marveled at the size of the building and amount of tin foil, read posters, watched presentations, and peppered ALS scientists, users, and staff with questions. As part of the tour people could also have their picture taken with a beamline, featured in the slideshow above.
I want to thank everyone that helped and participated in this year’s Open House event. By all accounts, it was a huge success. We had around 4,500 attend this year. An event like this involves so many divisions and departments and requires a team effort. And I think we have one of the best teams around.
Thanks to all of you who helped prepare for the big day, and to all of you who staffed exhibit tables, entertained our visitors, answered numerous questions, and gave talks or led tours.
It is so important to show our neighbors the exciting work that we do here at Berkeley Lab, and our annual Open House event is a showcase for our great research and operations capabilities.
This year I was particularly pleased to see the large number of families and young children at the Open House. The impact an event like this can have on a young person is immense.
I appreciate all the time and effort that went into this successful event. This is yet another example of how dedicated employees are here at Berkeley Lab, and how we can succeed by working together across the Lab. Thank you.
Didn’t make it to Open House, or want to relive the fun-filled day? Check out this slideshow, which features a sampling of activities from the event.
Employees who are attending or volunteering for Open House on Oct. 15 must provide a printout of their registration confirmation and their parking permit to security personnel upon entering Blackberry Gate. This is the only gate open that day. Registration is now closed. Attendees (non-volunteer) will not be allowed to enter until 9:45 a.m. Parking will be available in the following lots: F, E, D, B, C, L, M1, and M2. Users and staff working that day must use the right-hand lane at Blackberry Gate to enter the Lab. Seaborg Road at Smoot (near Building 50) as well as Lawrence Road at the J Lot will be closed. Click here to view a parking map. The cafeteria (K1) and Building 50 (H1) lots will be closed all day on Friday, Oct. 14.
With just two weeks remaining until the Lab’s Open House on Oct. 15 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), staff should be aware of the following details. Employees who want to attend must register, can drive to the event via Blackberry Gate only, and must present a printout of their registration to enter. Shuttle buses departing from UC Berkeley’s West Gate can also be used. Visit the Open House website for parking, shuttle, and registration information. Volunteers must follow this same process to access the Lab. To set up for the event, the cafeteria parking lot (K1) and the Building 50 parking lot (H1) will be closed Friday, Oct. 14.
Open House is one of the Lab’s most visible and important community-relations events. To help make it a success, consider serving as an ambassador for the Lab and volunteer. Assistance is needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and a lunch ticket worth $10. In addition to helping the community learn about the Lab, it’s also a great way to see the exciting work being done in other divisions and meet new colleagues. Non-exempt staff must get approval from their supervisor to participate. If you have not yet registered for Open House, go here to do so and click the volunteer box. If you have already registered (and didn’t indicate you want to volunteer), contact Dawn Ericks.