Berkeley Lab

Bay Area Scientists in Schools

Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) is one of the largest science outreach organizations in Berkeley, with over 500 scientist volunteers. BASIS volunteers teach fun, hands-on science lessons in local elementary classrooms. Most volunteers adopt tried-and-tested lessons; others choose to develop their own. It’s a great opportunity for researchers to make a broader impact with their work, and to build communication and outreach skills.

BASIS volunteers reach over 12,000 students per year, but still BASIS gets many more requests from teachers than we have volunteers available. We are currently looking to recruit additional post-doc volunteers. You can also reach out to or visit us online at


Postdoc Picnic – June 30th, 2016 12pm at JCAP

In order to celebrate the end of the first half of the civil year, we are organizing a picnic on the JCAP lawn (bldg 33), next Thursday June 30th, 2016 12pm-1pm, weather permitting.

Please bring your own food (eventually pick it up at the cafeteria).
There will be some fresh drinks; feel free to bring dishes and cakes you’d like to share.
(we remind you that alcohol is not permitted during working hours)
JCAP lawn

JCAP lawn

Series X : Mike Witherell

We were delighted to welcome LBNL director Mike Witherell, who kindly accept to kick-off BLPA’s Series X seminar, were outstanding scientists undergo a full X-Ray analysis of their career and share their advice on how to be a successful and relevant scientist.

Lab Director Mike Witherell talking to postdocs

Lab Director Mike Witherell talking to postdocs

During his talk, he emphasized the importance of learning from self-deception, the difficulties (and rewards!) of a two-career couple, and the futile race to publish in the highest-ranking journals. He also urged the postdocs to engage in the public debate around science.


Berkeley Science Review – call for pitch

Would you like to share exciting research findings from UC Berkeley with the greater campus and community, and improve your science communication skills? The Berkeley Science Review is a magazine produced by UC Berkeley graduate students, and we’re currently looking for editors and pitches for articles for our Fall 2016 issue. Check out our most recent (Spring 2016) issue online, or pick up a print copy around campus, to see what we do.

Write an article for the magazine

Articles in the BSR magazine range from very short (250-word labscopes) to quite long (4000-word features). Whether you’re someone who just wants to try out science writing or someone who want to delve into and explore a particular topic in depth, we have an option that will work for you.

Want to write an article, but don’t know what to write about? Check out our suggested idea list, or get in touch if you’re having trouble deciding. If you’re unsure how to write a pitch or what type of article to write, take a look at our guide.

Pitches for Fall 2016 are due by Monday, June 20. Please send your pitch or any other questions about writing to

Seeking volunteer for touring the lab to high-school students and undergrad

We are in need of volunteer for our BLEND program, which are our onsite workshop for middle high school and undergraduate students. Can you please forward this message to members of the Post Doc Association.  We are in need of tour guides for the ALS and guest speakers for the upcoming visits below;


  • Tuesday June 14th, 9:30-10:15 am– Guest Speakers for a Panel for a group of about 20-25 high school students in a summer program
  • Wednesday, June 22 1:00-3:00 pm- 2-4 people to give tours of the ALS, it is a group of 50  high school students in a summer program that we need to break up in 2-4 groups during this time
  • Thursday, June 23, 11:10 am-noon-  1 person to provide a tour to a group of  12-15 undergraduate students for UC Davis that are in a chemistry focused summer research program
  • Friday, June 24th, 11:00-noon- 1-2 people to give a tour of the ALS for 20-25 high school students in a summer program
  • Friday, July 8th 10:30 -11:00 am, 2-4 people to serve on a panel for a group of 25-27 undergraduate students
  • Friday, July 8th 11:10- noon, 1-2 people to provide at a tour of the ALS to a group of undergraduate students

If you are interested and available to volunteer for one of these opportunities, please email Ms. Tokiwa T. Smith, Manager of K-16 Programs at with the subject line BLEND visit and indicate the volunteer opportunities you are interested in.  Thank you for helping us achieve the Lab’s mission of inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and technicians. Have a great day!

Postdoc Orientation #1 – material

The first postdoc orientation drew about 30 postdocs and was a success !
The corresponding presentation is available here.

If you want to volunteer for educational visits or internships, visit :

Postdoc Orientation

Postdoc Orientation in building 66

Mt. Diablo hike – woooohooooo !

The mount diablo hike happened under great hospices, some 20 courageous lab adventurers did some field work between the clouds !


Fieldwork !

Some stunning landscapes

Some stunning landscapes

Postdoc Orientation #1 – announcement

The first Postdoc Orientation will be held on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, at 12:30 pm in the Auditorium of building 66.

There will be presentations from us—the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association—and from Workforce Development, as well as information about the library services.

The orientation is open to all postdocs, grad students, and visiting scholars who want to learn about navigating the Lab.


Mt Diablo Hike – May 22nd 2016

Join your fellow postdocs for a hike on Mt Diablo on Sunday, May 22nd, at 9am!

Mt Diablo is beautiful and has great views of all around the Bay and the valley, so lets visit before it gets hot! We have two routes to accommodate different tastes. Please, find more information and sign up here!

Rock City @Mt Diablo

Rock City @Mt Diablo

First Pub Night @Free House – May 5th, 2016

Thank you all for coming to the first BLPA Pub Night!
You made it a great success.