Today at Berkeley Lab

Chabot Space & Science Center Seeks Volunteers; Orientation on Oct. 6

A volunteer orientation takes place Saturday, Oct. 6, 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>

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Lab Volunteers Greet Hundreds of Visitors at the Solano Stroll

Earlier this month, Deputy Lab Director for Operations Michael Brandt and more than 30 employees volunteered at the Lab’s booth at the Solano Stroll, a mile-long street fair in Berkeley and Albany. Hundreds of people stopped by to learn about the Lab’s world-class research and engage with demos from NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and JBEI. Go here to see a list of volunteers. View additional photos here.

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CSU East Bay and Berkeley Lab Collaborate on New Graduate Intern Program

The first cohort of a new Berkeley Lab internship program for Cal State University East Bay graduate students has just finished a summer at the Lab. The interns will continue to work on their projects alongside their scientific mentors throughout the school year. More>

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Lab Assists With City of Oakland Summer ‘Science Week’ Camp for Kids

In June, volunteers from various Lab areas led a variety of outdoor activities for kids — from inspecting fireflies to mixing dry ice — all aimed at teaching the basics of scientific inquiry. Science Week is part of Oakland’s Town Camp, an eight-week enrichment program for children ages 5 to 12. Colette Flood of the Lab’s Workforce Development and Education helped to create the program. Go here for more on the camp and a photo feature.

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DOE, Ad Council Collaborate on #SheCanStem Campaign

The Department of Energy is collaborating with the Ad Council to support the She Can STEM campaign, which introduces women who are changing the world with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and seeks to encourage girls and young women to pursue education and careers in STEM fields.

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Michael Wehner to Discuss Extreme Weather at the Alameda Public Library

Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events — like drought, wildfire, crop failure, and species extinction — are among the most serious consequence of global warming. Understanding what the future portends is vital if society hopes to adapt to a very different world. Berkeley Lab’s Michael Wehner will discuss these topics at the Alameda Public Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. More>

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Youth From Rising Sun Energy Center Visit Lab for Energy Design Challenge

For the second year, Berkeley Lab hosted youth participants from the Rising Sun Energy Center for an energy design challenge. The youths, who spent the summer providing “Green House Call” services to residents in Northern California, were able to apply what they’ve learned in residential energy-efficiency work to the challenge. Volunteers from ETA and across the Lab were critical to making the event a success.

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iCLEM Cohort Concludes Summer Research at JBEI

The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM), the Joint BioEnergy Institute’s flagship outreach program, recently concluded with student presentations and poster presentations by the teachers who assisted in the program. Photos of the celebration are available here. Students shared highlights of their experience at JBEI here.

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High School Intern Is Posit-ive About Coding

Sanjana Shah is about to start her senior year in high school after completing her second summer internship with the Lab’s Computing Sciences Summer Student program. While working with Computing Sciences’ David Donofrio, she developed her own algorithms to help evaluate Posit, a new number format that has the potential to quickly and accurately crunch big data sets for simulations processed at NERSC. More>

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High School Interns Present at Biotech Partners Poster Competition

High school students who interned at Berkeley Lab recently presented their posters at ‘BRAVO!’ — the Biotech Partners end-of-summer celebration and poster competition. Four interns from the Lab’s Biosciences Area made it to the final round, and two won honorable mentions. More>

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