RadWatch and DoseNet again had the opportunity to participate in the Exploratorium After Dark focusing on radiation, through our ongoing collaboration with the Exploratorium – you can check out our ongoing data collection from the Exploratorium roof on our DoseNet map. We had a great group of volunteers and had a few hundred visitors come by our table. Thanks to our friends at the Exploratorium for hosting, and all of the interest from participants!Continue reading
DoseNet and RadWatch had a great time participating in Discovery Day at Oracle Park as part of the Bay Area Science Day Festival. We had 10 undergraduate and graduate student volunteers from the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, mainly Nuclear Engineering, helping out. We also had help from three high school students from around the bay that have worked with us (or plan to work with us) as part of our summer internship for high school students. Everybody did an amazing job, and it was a great experience. In this post, we hear from one of our volunteers, Daniel Solakian – a dedicated member of the group.Continue reading
Authors: Albert Qiang and Edward Lee
When tracking fluctuations in environmental data, geographical location is an important factor to consider. While the mobile stations have previously lacked this capability, over the course of this project we developed software to incorporate GPS data into the mapping of environmental and radiation sensor data, allowing for real-time tracking of measurements with location. Preliminary tests with the new integrated data were conducted around the UC Berkeley campus. In the future, we hope to be able to port this software to all of our mobile stations and create a robust app that will users a sense of how environmental measurements are affected by geographical location.
For the third year now DoseNet has invited a small (4-6) group of high school students to work under the mentorship of our project leadership as volunteer interns.Continue reading
RadWatch and DoseNet participated in the Bay Area Science Festival again this fall. We were part of both the North Bay Science Discovery Day and Discovery Day at AT&T Park.Continue reading
Article Author: Dr. Brian Plimley.
RadWatch postdoc Brian Plimley was backpacking in the Grand Canyon in November 2016 near Horn Creek, a stream marked on park maps as “Do Not Drink” as a result of an old uranium mine at the canyon rim above the creek. Brian was able collected samples of water and sediment from Horn Creek to be measured at the LBL Low-Background Facility. The results of those measurements are included in this article along with some discussion of what they tell us.
Authors: Christopher Figueroa and Jacqueline Garcia
Christopher Figueroa accompanied a group of scientists on an expedition to observe and gather samples from the wreck of the USS Independence, a World War II aircraft carrier used as a target in the 1946 atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll. This report describes the measurements of ocean sponge and the results.
We recently visited Pinewood and Camplindo to discuss how radioactive isotopes are identified and explore the sources of background radiation present in a range of common materials around the school.Continue reading
We recently visited Pinewood School and Campolindo High School to talk to teachers about DoseNet and ways to use our data in their classes.Continue reading
Successful visits to Pinewood School and Campolindo High School to restore data-taking with our devices. We were also able to update our devices and improve mechanical stability with the help of several students. Special thanks to Mrs. Abraham at Pinewood and Ms. Eaton at Campolindo for helping us arrange our visits!Continue reading