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College Teams to Converge at Berkeley Lab for DOE CyberForce Competition

Four college teams – UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Cal State University San Bernardino, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – will square off at Berkeley Lab this Saturday (Dec. 1) as part of DOE’s fourth collegiate CyberForce Competition. The event aims to address the cybersecurity capability gap and increase awareness around energy critical infrastructure. More>

International Staff Learn About Thanksgiving Via gLoBaL ERG’s Hosting Effort

Employee Resource Group gLoBaL welcomes our international colleagues to the Lab, providing support and a sense of community for employees who have moved to the United States. The most recent activity was matching employees who volunteered to be a host with colleagues who wanted to experience an American holiday … Thanksgiving. See the photos they shared.

Lab’s Wehner Gives Climate Talk as Part of ‘Wonderfest’ Event

Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events are likely the most serious consequence of human-induced global warming. Understanding what the future portends is vital if society hopes to adapt to a very different world. The Lab’s Michael Wehner gave a talk on this topic at a recent Wonderfest event in Alameda. Watch a video of the presentation here. Wonderfest hosts science events around the Bay Area.

Jan. 17-18 Internship Preparatory Workshop

This free two-day workshop held at Berkeley Lab is intended to prepare potential Workforce Development & Education interns through an immersive experience, giving a sense of the breadth of research, world class scientific instruments, and Berkeley Lab culture. Apply here. Applications due Nov. 30.

Moment of Silence Rescheduled for Monday

The moment of silence as part of the United Nations’ Day of Tolerance has been rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. in the Lab auditorium. Employees at JGI, Emory Station Operations Center, Potter Street, and Hollis Street are invited to gather together at their locations to participate via livestream. Gathering locations for the livestream will be announced on Monday.

Volunteers Sought for Rebuilding Together Project at Local Senior Center

Rebuilding Together-East Bay North needs volunteers on Dec. 1 and 2 to help remove and replace the kitchen floor in the West Berkeley Senior Center where the Meals on Wheels program is operated. Volunteers should wear protective shoes and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Work runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Contact George Reskin to volunteer.

Postdoc Association Hosts International Thanksgiving Potluck

The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association invites employees and their families to join an international Thanksgiving potluck party on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., at 2030 Addison St., Suite 640B, in downtown Berkeley. Attendees are encouraged to bring their signature national dish. Go here to RSVP.

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.

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.

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>