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From Robots to Android Apps, Berkeley Lab Invests in the Community

In hopes of igniting a passion for science among both young and old, Berkeley Lab has initiated a number of new outreach activities in the community in the past year. Building on its successful science events for the public, the new activities aim to make an impact on individuals by enabling science education, mentoring or workforce training opportunities they may not otherwise have had.

Berkeley Lab Selects Richmond Field Station as Preferred Site

The University of California announced today that it has identified the Richmond Field Station as its preferred site for the proposed consolidation of the biosciences programs of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).  The University of California-owned site presents the best opportunity to solve the Lab’s pressing space problems while allowing for long term

Berkeley Lab-founded Program Shares Astronomy With African Youth

Susan Murabana is working to bring astronomy education to Africa through Global Hands-On Universe, a program founded by Berkeley Lab astronomer Carl Pennypacker.

Hooked on Science: Berkeley Lab Prepares Students for Careers in Research

For students who choose to return to Berkeley Lab, CSEE internship programs are often pivotal in deciding their futures. “We have seen these experiences literally change lives,” said CSEE director Susan Brady. “When teachers and students conduct authentic research with exceptional scientists using world-class facilities and equipment, they are introduced to a whole new world of possibilities.”

Bay Area Students Get Hands-On Science Experience and a Salary

iCLEM – the Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology – is a summer education program for Bay Area high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds unlike any other. Not only does iCLEM provide the students with a hands-on science experience, it also pays them a salary. iCLEM is sponsored by the Joint BioEnergy Institute and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center.

Berkeley Lab Kicks Off Public Meetings for Proposed Second Campus

The first of six public meetings was held July 13 for the potential sites for the Lab’s proposed second campus. The first meeting was held in Alameda for the Alameda Point project. A standing-room only crowd filled an art deco theater on the former Navy base.

Berkeley Lab’s Iconic Dome Gets a New Roof—a Cool One

Paris may have the Eiffel Tower and London has its Big Ben, but Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has the iconic domed roof of the Advanced Light Source. Now the ALS is getting a new roof—and not just any roof but a cool roof that will reflect sunlight back into the atmosphere, thus playing a small part in mitigating global warming.

Berkeley Lab’s Community Advisory Group Enters Second Year

There have been some ups and downs and a few growing pains, but as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory enters the second year of an initiative to foster better community relations, all parties say the channels of communication are improving. The Community Advisory Group (CAG) formed by Berkeley Lab in the spring of 2010 has expanded its membership to broaden representation, solicited member input in setting meeting agendas and announced agenda topics for the entire year to allow members more time to study issues and prepare comments.

Berkeley Lab Employees Walk the Walk—and also Bike, BART, Carpool and More

Thanks to Berkeley Lab’s fleet and transportation policies aimed at reducing car rides, only slightly more than half of the more than 4,000 employees and visiting researchers that work at Lab facilities drive to work as a single occupant. The rest commute by bike, carpool and public transit—and the numbers are growing.

Going Green: Berkeley Lab on a Path to Substantially Cut Its Emissions

From cool roofs to automated building controls to advanced lighting systems, Berkeley Lab has implemented an assortment of measures which has resulted in a 44 percent decline in energy use intensity, or energy usage per square foot, since 1985. And greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Berkeley Lab facilities have shrunk by about 5 percent over the last two years.