EX-Ls Upcoming Events

Luncheon & Event Dates

August 20, 2020 Quarterly Luncheon Meeting via Zoom

October 15, 2020 Fairness and Affirmative Action Presentation via Zoom

November 19, 2020 Quarterly Luncheon Meeting via Zoom

February 18, 2021 Quarterly Luncheon Meeting via Zoom

May 20, 2021 Quarterly Luncheon Meeting via Zoom

August 19, 2021 Quarterly Luncheon Meeting

November 18, 2021 Quarterly Luncheon Meeting

SURF and its Connections to California and LBNL through History, Science and Education

Thursday, May 20, 2021
12:30 - 1:00 pm practice/visiting

1:00 - 2:00 pm Speaker
Registration online

SPEAKER: Peggy Norris, Ph.D., formerly of LBNL, now Deputy Director forEducation and Outreach at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, S.D.


The Lakota people of the Northern Plains have a saying in their language: Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ – We are all Connected (or Related). The strings that connect California, home of LBNL, and South Dakota, home of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), are varied and rich in history, with familiar names like Hearst, Lawrence and Davis. In this talk, I will introduce you to SURF and its connections to California and LBNL through three lenses – history, science and education:
• First, we will look at the transformation of SURF from a gold mine
to a major science laboratory.
• Next, we will look at the science experiments of SURF, focusing on three with ties to Berkeley Lab: the search for mysterious and elusive dark matter, understanding the nuclear reactions that happen in the core of stars and working towards enhanced geothermal energy.
• Finally, we will look at how the history, science and many other facets of a scientific facility in rural South Dakota are changing the educational landscape of the state and region in STEM, and how the pandemic has led to challenges but also new opportunities to give all students access to high-quality, engaging, relevant, equitable and rigorous science education.

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Affirmative Action and Fairness: The UC Berkeley Experience, Gibor Basri, Professor Emeritus UCB

Current research on co-existing with California forests, August 2020

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Update on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, EX-Ls May 2020

Update on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with John Swartzberg, recorded May 21, 2020