Today at Berkeley Lab

A Lovely Day for Science at the 2017 Solano Stroll

Lab volunteers recently participated in the Solano Stroll, an annual fair featuring booths, entertainment and food in north Berkeley and Albany. In addition to demos by ESnet, JBEI, and Workforce Development & Education, volunteers fielded hundreds of questions from visitors curious about the Lab. See volunteers list here. The booth was organized by Government & Community Relations.

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Reception for Lab Education-Outreach Volunteers on Sept. 21

Hundreds of Lab staff volunteer for education and outreach programs across the Bay Area. Celebrate their substantial impact on schools and communities at the annual Berkeley Lab Education Volunteer Recognition event on Sept. 21, 3 to 4:30 p.m., in the cafeteria dining room. Volunteers should bring/wear their ambassador t-shirt for a group photo at 4 p.m.

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BASIS Science Outreach Program Sign-Up and Sept. 28 Kickoff Event

Sign up to become a science role model for elementary school students while teaching fun and engaging science and engineering lessons. Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) is a fun, easy way to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Learn more at a kick-off event on Sept. 28, noon to 2 p.m. in 775 Tan Hall at UC Berkeley, which features hands-on activities and free pizza.

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iCLEM Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM), the Joint BioEnergy Institute’s flagship outreach program, provides hands-on experience for high potential, low-income high school students. Students and teachers shared their experiences via blogs and social media during the tenth session of iCLEM. More>

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Local Youths Compete in Lab’s First Energy Design Challenge

Nearly 30 youths from the Rising Sun Energy Center recently visited the Lab to compete in the first-ever Berkeley Lab Energy Design Challenge. The judging panel included Josh Quigley from Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office, Tasha Henneman from Senator Nancy Skinner’s office, and Lab scientist Leo Rainer from the Energy Technologies Area. More>

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Targeting Better Cancer Drugs Through Lab Partnership

University of Kentucky professor Sally Ellingson and student Derek Jones spent the summer in the Lab’s Computational Research Division working on a model that uses machine learning to assess how drugs bind with proteins. Their work is sponsored by a Lab partnership that allows Ellingson to extend national lab research opportunities to students interested in computational science. More>

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Biosciences Area ‘Biotech Partners’ Interns Win Poster Competition

Biotech Partners seeks to educate underserved youth in the Bay Area with personal, academic and professional development experiences that increase participation in higher education and access to fulfilling science careers. This year, three Biosciences Area interns were recognized at the Biotech Partners poster competition. More>

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Summer Intern Series: Sophie Dilek Creates a Bacterial ‘Trojan Horse’

Sophie Dilek, a recent Smith College graduate, was mentored by chemical scientists Rebecca Abergel and Dahlia An. Dilek developed a bacteria-specific “Trojan horse” by linking a siderophore to something that can kill bacteria, such as an alpha particle. Bacteria use siderophores — low molecular-weight, high-affinity metal chelators — to sequester iron in low-bioavailability environments. Watch>

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Intern Focuses on Laser Light for Spaceflight

Elliot Heywood had dreamed of landing an internship at Berkeley Lab, but he never could have imagined his dream would take wing as a summer stint studying laser-propelled space travel. More>

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Summer Intern Series: Working on New Imaging Technique at the Foundry

Recent University of Pennsylvania Daniel Durham was mentored by Frank Olgetree and Edward Barnard at the Molecular Foundry. They worked on a new imaging technique called “hyperspectral scanning electron imaging” that can aid the identification of invisible defects or features of nanomaterials by scanning an electron beam over the material while collecting other pertinent information.

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