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Free Tickets for Oct. 27 Saxophone Concert

Employees are eligible to receive two free tickets for the Kenari Saxophone Quartet, performing at Holy Names University Regents Theatre in Oakland on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Email [email protected] to request tickets. This offer is sponsored by the Lab’s Postdoc Association.

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Employee Discount for Berkeley Symphony Concert

Lab employees can get a special ticket price of $20 for the Berkeley Symphony concert “Higdon & Ravel” next Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. These are side and rear orchestra seats and can be purchased using code LAB20. For assistance call (510) 841-2800, ext. 1. This offer is sponsored by the Lab’s Postdoc Association.

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Research Slam Video Now Playing

The full video of the inaugural Berkeley Lab research slam is now ready for viewing. See how the 12 postdoc finalists used their three minutes to explain their project — and compete for cash. More>

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Foundry’s Sinéad Griffin Wins First Place in Inaugural Lab-Wide Research Slam

Sinéad Griffin (center), an early-career staff scientist who specializes in condensed matter physics at the Molecular Foundry and the Materials Sciences Division, won first place and a cash price of $3,000 at the first annual Lab-Wide Research Slam last Thursday. Shyam Dwaraknath (left, Energy Technologies Area) won the second-place prize of $1,500, and Michele Rosso of the Computing Sciences Area won the People’s Choice Award of $750. More>

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Berkeley Lab Kicks Off National Postdoc Appreciation Week

A cluster of Lab postdocs gathered in front of Building 65 on Monday to kick off National Postdoc Appreciation Week, which is celebrated annually on the third week of September. The Lab has over 430 postdocs and over 500 affiliate postdocs. Several Lab postdocs will be participating in a Research Slam on Thursday, Sept. 20. Stop by to hear their pitches and vote for your favorite one.

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Finalists Selected to Compete in Sept. 20 Lab Research Slam

Twelve postdocs will give presentations on their research on Sept. 20 for a chance to win a $3,000 first prize, $1,500 second prize, or $750 people’s choice award (based on audience voting). Judges include the Lab’s Horst Simon, Elsie Quaite-Randall, and John German, as well as Livermore Lab’s Kris Kulp and local science luminary Kishore Hari. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, followed by a reception. More>

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Postdoc Association Hosts ‘Meet & Greet’ Friday

Employees are invited to the August edition of the Postdoc Association’s monthly “Meet & Greet” gathering on Friday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 5 p.m., on the cafeteria patio. Sandwiches will be served.

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Aug. 1 Postdoc Workshop: Job Hunting in Academia

Postdocs who want to learn more about jobs in academia can attend an Aug. 1 workshop, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Building 66 Auditorium. This is the first of a two-part presentation led by Bill Lindstaedt, who leads Career Advancement and International and Postdoctoral Services at UCSF. The first session will explore “Launching a Faculty Job Search and Preparing Application Materials.” Register here. More>

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Postdoc Association Hosts ‘Meet & Greet’ on July 26

Employees are invited to the July edition of the Postdoc Association’s monthly “Meet & Greet” gathering on Thursday, July 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. on the cafeteria patio. The food theme is “Summer Snacks,” so the gathering will feature chips and guacamole and carrots and hummus. The event is a great opportunity to meet and network with postdocs at the Lab.

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Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier to Give Lab Talk on July 20

Jaron Lanier – a virtual reality pioneer, musician, and author – will present a talk on Friday, July 20, at 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The presentation is part of the Lab Postdoc Association’s Series X seminars seminars. To learn more about Lanier, see these articles in The New York Times and Vox.

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