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Honoring Women @ the Lab!

Source:  Dan Hawkes

Susan_womenofthelabOnly 24% of the national science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is currently female, a critical gap when compared to over 51% of the national overall workforce being female. Berkeley Lab aims to help close that gap, and encourage a new generation of women to enter the STEM workforce where their participation could lead to important breakthroughs, by showcasing the achievements of women at the Lab.

Berkeley Lab celebrated its first Women @ the Lab event Friday, October 18, from 3 to 5 p.m at the Berkeley Lab Cafeteria. Hosted by Deputy Lab Director, Horst Simon, the inaugural celebration highlighted only a few of the many success stories at the Laboratory—from cancer research to climate modeling to mechanical engineering—of women scientists, engineers, and technicians who are working to change the world for the better. ESD Director Susan Hubbard was among the 15 brilliant women honored at the event. Also in attendance were TechWomen, as well as women in STEM student groups from UC Berkeley.

The event also marks the inauguration of the Women @ The Lab Web Site, where one can view profiles of the honorees, read how they became interested in a STEM career, and find out what inspires them today about their work at Berkeley Lab. Employees of Berkeley Lab can nominate a woman in STEM to be profiled and featured on the Web Site

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