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Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010

Special Event

Lab Researchers Give 'Geek' Talks at Hall of Science


The Lawrence Hall of Science is hosting a series of fall science gatherings — called “Geek Out” — aimed at young adults. The series starts on Sept. 15 with a competition to build the best Rube Goldberg-type marble run. Next up is Berkeley Lab astrophysicist Alexie Leauthaud, who will discuss “Dark Energy: Finding Your Way in the Dark” on Oct. 20. Following the presentation, attendess can create their own artistic interpretation of dark energy. On Nov. 17, Advanced Light Source Director Roger Falcone will give a talk on “Light Speed: Ultrafun With the Ultrafast” that includes hands-on activities with prisms, refracting gratings, and lasers. The events cost $10 and include access to the museum’s exhibits, snacks, and a cash bar. More>

VolunteersSpecial Event: Share Your Talent, Knowledge, Time at Open House

The Lab will open its doors to the local community on Saturday, Oct. 2, for a day of fun-filled, science-related activities. Entertainment will be part of the program, with the cafeteria stage dedicated to performances by Lab employees. If you have a talent you’d like to share, be it singing, dancing, or a unique skill, send e-mail here. For those who would like to help out at the event in a more general way, sign up as a volunteer. Also, to help quench the scientific curiosity of visitors that day, Lab researchers are invited to staff the “Ask a Scientist” table. More details on the Open House are available here.

World of Science: UC Berkeley Experiment to Fly Into the Sun

GravityNASA has chosen a UC Berkeley experiment and four others to fly aboard Solar Probe Plus, a satellite scheduled for launch in 2018 to explore the sun's 2,550°F atmosphere. Physicist Stuart Bale, director of the Space Sciences Lab, will lead development of instruments to detect radio emissions, magnetic fields, shock waves and dust as the spacecraft plunges into the sun. More>

VolunteersUC Update: Staff Advisors Want to Know 'What's On Your Mind?'

The Staff Advisors to the University of California Regents seek and welcome input from UC employees. Comments are submitted directly to the Staff Advisors and not to the Regents or a third party. Go here to share an idea, concern, suggestion, or viewpoint. If the issue is strictly a personal matter or one that requires immediate attention, get in touch with your supervisor or other appropriate local administrator.

VolunteersEmployee Activity: Silver & Black Are 2010 Softball Champions

For the second year in a row, Silver & Black has won the Berkeley Lab Summer Softball League championship. They beat SUDZ 17 to 5 in the play-off game, then Ballpark Estimates 17 to 6 in the final game. Nine teams participated in the league this season, which lasted 11 weeks. Those interested in sponsoring or playing on a team next year can contact Steve Blair.

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