Today at Berkeley Lab

Idaho State University Students Awarded Lab Computing Fellowship

A team of three international researchers from Idaho State University who are using math and statistics to help better predict cloud formation and the weather have been awarded a Computing Sciences Research Pathways Fellowship to Berkeley Lab this summer. More>

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Alan Poon Helps Boys and Girls ‘Scout’ Out Careers in Nuclear Science

The Lab recently hosted more than 200 Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for its annual Nuclear Science Day for Scouts. The event, which provides a chance for Boy Scouts to earn a merit badge in nuclear science, and Girl Scouts to earn a “Get to Know Nuclear” patch, has been coordinated by Alan Poon for the past eight years. Go here for more on the program and to view a photo feature on the event.

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Lab’s WD&E Seeking Volunteers for City of Oakland Summer Day Camp Program

Workforce Development & Education is partnering with Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development for TOWN Summer Camp, which serves Oakland youth ages 5 to 12. The camp features weekly activities, such as reading, math, sports, and crafts. Lab volunteers will lead the Science Week session from June 18 to 22. Sign up to volunteer. Select a camp location here (scroll down to “Recreation Day Camp”).

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Lab’s ‘Particle Adventure’ Website Helps Makes Physics Education Fun

What started as the “Fundamental Particles and Interactions” poster in 1987 — in response to high school teachers searching for ways to teach modern physics — has morphed into the “Particle Adventure” website that receives around 5 million hits per year. It is now also in app form. The website is maintained by the Lab’s Particle Data Group. 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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East Bay Students Learn About Biosciences Careers on STEM Career Awareness Day

On April 26, 300 students from Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Richmond high schools gathered at the Aquatic Park Center in West Berkeley to participate in activities for the seventh annual East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day. Students attended a networking lunch and got an inside look into how Lab researchers from the Biosciences Area are working to solve the world’s greatest challenges. More>

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Students Get Schooled in X-Rays at the Advanced Light Source

Seventh graders from Berkeley’s Black Pine Circle School collected 3D images with X-rays at the Advanced Light Source on Thursday, April 26. In this video, ALS researcher Dula Parkinson shows the students how X-rays work. Their teacher, Christine Myko, has taught lessons about the ALS since 2013, when she developed classroom curriculum during an internship with Parkinson.

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Nancy Nano: A Cartoon Ambassador for Nanoscience Education

Nancy Nano is a cartoon character created by Molecular Foundry researcher Tracy Mattox as a way to engage students around the fifth-grade level about nanoscience. Her series of e-books covers topics ranging from polymers to photovoltaics. She was inspired to create the character by her outreach work with the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education group. More>

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‘Feel the Fun’ of Daughters & Sons Event Via ‘Exposure’ Photo Spread

This year, 150 kids participated in numerous activities, including job shadowing, getting photographed as the “next Nobel laureate,” writing a science biography, role playing as a STEM professional at the Lab, facility tours, and a “science for social good” workshop. The event also included a new “Energy Innovation Gallery.” Go here to view photos from of the event.

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In Today’s ‘Throw-Away’ Society, Goudey Works to Create a ‘Culture of Repair’

Howdy Goudey of the Energy Technologies Area has always enjoyed tinkering, so he was intrigued when he first heard about “fixit clinics” — community events where people bring small broken items to get free repair help from fixit “coaches.” Goudey now volunteers as a coach with the nonprofit Fixit Clinic organization at numerous Bay Area events. More>

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