Today at Berkeley Lab

EESA’s Robin Lopez Sparks STEM Curiosity in Berkeley Community Fund Scholars

Robin Lopez (left) of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area recently participated in a career panel for Berkeley Community Fund scholars, speaking about his career path to Berkeley Lab and fielding questions from students. The fund’s College Success Manager said, “Robin was an incredible panelist … experiences like these can be transformative, and we are so grateful that Berkeley Lab helped us find the perfect person to inspire our students.”

Lab to Host Additional Blood Drives in 2019; First Is on Jan. 24

Due to an increasing need for blood products, the Lab will host additional Red Cross blood drives in 2019. Go here for additional information and a calendar of dates. The Bloodmobile will be in the cafeteria parking lot on Jan. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go here to schedule an appointment (sponsor code “LBL”). Save time by using RapidPass. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available.

Foundry, ALS Host Successful Warm Coat Drive

This winter, the Molecular Foundry and the Advanced Light Source joined forces to help keep the community warm. Together, the two user facilities collected 93 coats to donate to Alameda County Social Services Agency. Staff from the Foundry and ALS delivered the coats to the agency in Oakland before the holiday break.

Chabot Space & Science Center Seeks Volunteers; Orientation on Feb. 9

A volunteer orientation for the Chabot Space & Science Center takes place Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers make earth and space science come alive for visitors through interactive and hands-on experiences. A one-year commitment of eight hours per month is required. More>

Severe Blood Shortage – Donate at Lab Drive on Dec. 13

Due to a current blood shortage, staff are encouraged to donate at the Lab’s next blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 13. Donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card via email. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the cafeteria parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go here to schedule an appointment (sponsor code “LBL”). Walk-ins are also welcome. Save time by using RapidPass.

IT’s Campbell Advocates for Students at Richmond Kennedy High School

When Tammy Campbell isn’t leading the Lab’s IT Workstation Support Group, she likes to serve her West Contra Costa communities by advocating for students. Currently, she’s seeking volunteers as English writing and literacy coaches for her alma mater, Kennedy High School in Richmond, through WriterCoach Connection, a nonprofit supporting students in East Bay public schools. More>

Lab Employees Help Renovate West Berkeley Senior Center

On a recent Saturday, Lab volunteers removed 50-year-old flooring from the West Berkeley Senior Center’s commercial kitchen, clearing the way for new flooring that meets current codes. The upgrade is vital for a number of city-supported programs, including Meals on Wheels, which delivers thousands of meals to homebound seniors in Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville yearly. This was a project for Rebuilding Together East Bay-North.

Lab Hosts Alameda County Community Food Bank Donation Drive

Staff are invited to donate unopened nonperishable food items such as grains, beans, pasta, peanut butter, and canned meat to the Alameda County Food Bank. Two collection barrels are located in the cafeteria lobby until Jan. 9. View a detailed wish list here. No glass containers will be accepted. The food bank serves one in five Alameda County residents.

Fall Intern Poster Session on Dec. 6

The work of 21 interns who spent the fall participating in the BLUR, CCI, and SULI internship programs will be on display during a poster session from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria on Thursday, Dec. 6. The interns, who were hosted by Workforce Development & Education, worked with world-class scientists and engineers on projects related to the Lab’s cutting-edge research programs.

Winners Emerge From DOE CyberForce Competition

More than 70 university teams representing seven DOE national labs competed this past weekend to defend their “network” from hackers played by security professionals and government representatives. The University of Central Florida won the national competition, while UC Davis bested three other teams representing Berkeley Lab. More>