Susan Murabana is working to bring astronomy education to Africa through Global Hands-On Universe, a program founded by Berkeley Lab astronomer Carl Pennypacker.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The University of California, manager of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has extensively evaluated a number of locations for the Lab’s proposed second campus and has now announced six potential sites.
A decision to work toward a uniform solar permitting process was one of several initiatives approved this week by principal partners of the East Bay Green Corridor, a regional partnership for green technology innovation and job training. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, one of the founding members of the Green Corridor, will contribute to the solar initiative by providing technical and scientific assistance on photovoltaic technologies, said Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, who participated in a meeting of Green Corridor principals in Berkeley last Tuesday.