Our Berkeley Bridge Graduate Summer Fellowship (Bridge Fellowship) is a graduate student summer program designed to attract top UC Berkeley graduate students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds to Berkeley Lab.
Our staff scientists are extraordinary, but they would be the first to say that their achievements would not be possible without the labor and insights from a diverse team. It is a goal of the Laboratory to develop a diverse group of young scientists. This graduate student program will provide impactful first-hand research experience as well as to introduce these students to the critical role that national laboratories play with the hope that they may choose a career at a national laboratory.
Supporting these young scientists has an enormous and valuable impact on the lab. We know from research that diverse teams create better science, and therefore, recruiting a more diverse lab will help us build a stronger future.
Your gift to the Berkeley Bridge Fellowships will be pooled with gifts from others - current employees, retirees, and friends of Berkeley Lab - and then awarded annually to fellows.
The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association (BLPA) is a volunteer organization run by postdocs to enrich postdocs’ scientific careers through various social and professional events and activities.
By organizing orientations, lectures, seminars and social events as well as our postdoc buddy program, BLPA provides new postdocs a more welcoming start at Berkeley Lab. It also serves an important scientific purpose by bringing together early career scientists from diverse disciplines enabling them to collaborate and share ideas informally.
In addition, BLPA assists postdocs with any issues that might affect them, provides peer support, and partners with Lab senior management and Human Resources to help address their concerns.
BLPA is reliant on donations to support its gatherings.
Rebecca Abergel. a Berkeley Lab researcher, has been working on the development of a safe drug to remove radioactive contaminants from the body. When she learned about a large group of patients who may have become ill from retaining another toxic metal, gadolinium, she sprang into action. Knowing that the actinides (radioactive metals such as plutonium or americium) share certain properties with the lanthanides (rare earth metals such as gadolinium), she realized that the same drug could be used to remove both types of metals safely from patients’ bodies.
Since the 1980s, gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) have been used for contrast-enhanced MRIs as a way to increase image clarity. Approximately ten million contrast MRIs per year are performed in the U.S. alone; many more are performed worldwide. Although gadolinium is highly toxic as a free metal, GBCA complexes were thought to be safe to inject into patients with normal renal function. Until recently, GBCAs were believed to exit the body within 72 hours. Recent scientific evidence of gadolinium deposition in the brain, bone, and tissues of patients with normal kidney function has shown this to be false. A growing number of patients now seem to suffer chronic toxic effects from retained gadolinium. There is no cure, and the effects have been described as painful, debilitating, and progressive. We are raising $120,000 for a full-time researcher working in Rebecca’s lab and dedicated to understanding gadolinium toxicity.
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