Today at Berkeley Lab

Who’s Your Favorite Scientist? These Kids Answer in Entertaining Ways

While staffing the Lab’s booth at the Discovery Day science education event on Nov. 3, employees stopped to talk with students from elementary school to high school to find out who their favorite scientist is. They gave a broad range of answers — from Frankenstein to the character “Doc” in the “Back to the Future” films — in typical kid fashion.

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IT’s Toledano Is Role Model for Latina Student in Nissan Video

After appearing in a video for Nissan’s diversity campaign last year, Soledad Toledano of the Lab’s IT Division suggested to the car company’s creative team the need to feature more women in STEM fields. They liked her idea and developed a new video featuring Latina high school senior Olga Hernandez. In the video Toledano shares with Hernandez her experiences as a woman working in technology, and surprises Hernandez with a powerful image of her possible future in cybersecurity.

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JBEI Organizes Third Annual Software Developer WetLab Bootcamp

The Biosciences Area’s software developers recently participated in the third annual Software Developer WetLab Bootcamp at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). Ten developers from Agile BioFoundry, the Joint Genome Institute, JBEI, and KBase took part in the five-day training session. More>

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Lab Brings Science to the People at Discovery Day at AT&T Park

Discovery Day at AT&T Park, held Nov. 3 as part of the Bay Area Science Festival, was the culmination of a series of local activities for young scientists. The free event was packed with children of all ages getting hands-on experience with goop, brains, robots, and rockets. The Berkeley Lab booth added kale, lettuce, lights, bacteria, and even pepper to the experiment opportunities offered to attendees. Go here for more info and a photo feature.

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Applications Now Open for WD&E Summer 2019 Internships

Applications are open for all Workforce Development & Education (WD&E) summer 2019 internship programs. Opportunities are available for undergraduates, postbaccalaureates, graduate students, and faculty. Please encourage students and colleagues to apply. Go here for more information on WD&E internship programs.

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Young Scientists Needed for Video

Berkeley Lab is looking for young scientists to be in a video about science. Filming is this Saturday, Nov. 3, at Discovery Days at AT&T Park. This is a family-friendly science event where students can do hands-on science with volunteers from tech companies, universities, museums, and labs. As part of the Berkeley Lab booth, Lab volunteers will lead experiments in nanoscience and the properties of light (diffraction grating). More>

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Attend Lawrence Hall of Science Event Featuring NSF Director France Córdova

The Lawrence Hall of Science is hosting Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, for a presentation and reception on Nov. 5. Attendees will learn about the NSF’s current priorities, network with UC Berkeley faculty and community stakeholders, and make connections that enable further collaborations around broader impacts, education, and outreach activities. The event is free, but registration is required.

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Lab’s K-12 Program Moved to Community Relations

The K-12 program is now part of the Government and Community Relations group. This move strengthens connections with East Bay communities by leveraging the Lab’s unique resources to meet the community’s interest in science education for children. More>

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TechWomen Delegates From Around the World Visit the Lab

The Lab hosted six researchers from five countries participating in TechWomen, an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department that connects early- to mid-career STEM professionals from Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East with their counterparts in the United States. The Molecular Foundry, Computational Research Division, and Energy Technologies Area each hosted delegates.

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Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 18

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Liver Awareness Month. Staff are encouraged to give blood during the Lab’s next donation drive on Thursday, Oct. 18, in support of cancer and transplant patients. The Bloodmobile will be in the cafeteria parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Go here to schedule an appointment (sponsor code “LBL”). Save time by using RapidPass. Walk-ins welcome if space is available.

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