Who are we?
The Friends of Science is a forum for individuals who share the
desire to enhance knowledge and understanding of science and technology.
We are educators, students, community members, laboratory employees,
and anyone else with a curiosity about the natural world and our
understanding of it.
Why is it important?
Today, technologies and scientific advances have profound impacts
on the way we live our lives and plan our futures. Only through
informed and fact-based evaluations can the issues surrounding these
advances be debated and decided. A scientifically literate citizenry
can help to shape the decisions and policies that guide research
activities in health and medicine, in energy production and efficiency,
and in many other fields, including environmental stewardship.
Public agencies have studied the role that science plays in the
development of public policy. They have recognized the need for
greater public understanding of scientific programs and activities
in order to facilitate broad participation in the shaping of those
policies. And they have encouraged more communication among scientists,
government leaders, and the public to facilitate reasoned discourse
on the issues.
The Friends of Science, sponsored by Berkeley Lab, is designed
as a mechanism to provide essential and interesting information
that will benefit those who maintain an interest in the value and
impact of scientific research in our lives.
Why Berkeley Lab?
As a Friend of Science, you will...
For more than 70 years, Berkeley Lab has been an international leader
in the study of natural phenomena and fundamental processes. Starting
as a particle physics laboratory that eventually became the mecca
for the study of nuclear matter, Berkeley Lab is today a multi-program
research facility engaged in non-classified studies of high energy
and nuclear physics and astrophysics, biosciences and health, materials
and chemistry, energy and earth sciences, and computational science.
The Laboratory is managed by the University of California for the
U.S. Department of Energy. Among its missions, the Lab commits itself
to improve science education in schools and to increase public understanding
of science through outreach and service.
be a more informed participant in the dialogue about research,
its benefits and its challenges
receive notices about special programs and activities designed
to broaden your understanding of science
get regular news about research programs at Berkeley Lab and
learn about local, regional and national issues in science
that impact your life
have access to multiple resources that offer investigations
into the world of science as deep as your imagination will permit
be able to tour and ask questions about some of the world's
most sophisticated research facilities and programs
And it's free to members as part of Berkeley Lab's public outreach
Friends of Science lectures and tours
Special mailings of publications
Regular e-mail communications
An interactive Website