Engaging Events

Activities and Discussions

Throughout the year, the Lawrence Hall of Science offers special events and activities to members, donors, and the general public. From our annual spring Open House on Cal Day, to member openings, to lectures, there's plenty of activity inside.

Recent Events

The Seventh Warren William Chupp Distinguished Lecture

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
7:30–8:30 p.m. 
Complimentary parking
All donors and members at the $250 level are invited to attend a special VIP reception.  

Join us for a special evening as a panel of science innovators—Danielle Feinberg, Robert Full, and Ashok J. Gadgil—share their passion for innovation and take part in a conversation about the importance of encouraging young people to explore, invent, and become scientifically literate.

Featured Speakers

Danielle Feinberg

Danielle Feinberg - Director of Photography for Lighting, Pixar

Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and WALL•E. Most recently, Feinberg completed work as the Director of Photography for Lighting on Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning Brave, and is now working on a future Pixar film. 

Feinberg’s love of combining computers and art began she was eight years old, and first programmed a Logo turtle to create images. Now, in addition to her Pixar work, she works with teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue math and science by demonstrating to them the same beautiful simplicity she found with the programmed art of the Logo turtle.

Robert Full

Robert Full - Professor of Integrative Biology, Director of the Poly-PEDAL Lab, UC Berkeley

Robert Full is fascinated by the motion of creatures like cockroaches, crabs and geckos having many legs, unusual feet or talented tails. He has led an effort to demonstrate the value of learning from Nature by the creating interdisciplinary collaborations of biologists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists from academia and industry. He founded CiBER, the Center for interdisciplinary Bio-inspiration in Education and Research, and the Poly-PEDAL Laboratory, which studies the Performance, Energetics and Dynamics of Animal Locomotion (PEDAL) in many-footed creatures (Poly).

Ashok J. Gadgil

Ashok J. Gadgil - Division Director, and Faculty Senior Scientist Environmental Energy Technologies Division, LBNL

Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Distinguished Chair of Safe Water and Sanitation

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

Ashok Gadgil received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Bombay, a Master of Science degree at the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, and a Ph.D. in Physics at UC Berkeley. He is currently the Director of the Energy and Environmental Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as well as a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. His famous UV Waterworks invention uses UV light to inexpensively disinfect drinking water, and garnered him both a Discovery Award and the Popular Science award for “Best of What is New” in 1996. He has also worked on bringing low fuel stoves to Darfur and inexpensively removing arsenic from Bangladesh drinking water. 


The Warren William Chupp Distinguished Lecture commemorates more than 50 years of scientific discovery by Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory physicist Warren Chupp. It promotes both broad public understanding of science and excellence in science education.

Past Events

Members Preview Xtreme BUGS!
Opening Day Saturday, February 1, 2014
9:00–10:00 a.m.
Members only

Be the first to explore the Hall transformed into the world of bugs. Learn about pollination, hear bug sounds and get up-close to these magnificent creatures.


Meet the Makers - Fixit Clinic
Saturday, February 8, 2014
12:30–3:30 p.m.
Free family admissions if you bring something to disassemble

Give your broken electronics, appliances, computers, and toys a second chance at life. We'll provide specialty tools and guidance to assess, disassemble, and possibly repair them.


Get Ready for Bugs!
January 18, 19, 29, 2014
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Free with admission

In anticipation of Xtreme BUGS' opening on Feb. 1, we're putting a buggy spin on MLK Jr. Weekend. Create bug sculptures from paper dowels, design a Jitterbug robot in the Ingenuity Lab from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., and catch our new 3-D film about insects.


Design Quest
Saturday, June 1, 2013
9:00–10:00 a.m.

The Design Quest exhibit inspires kids to come up with their own ideas, build prototypes, and then test their designs in hands-on exhibits including Make StationBuild A BridgeStop-Motion Stories, and more. Before this exhibit opens to the public, be the first to start building the inventions of the future. Make a stop-motion animation and devise your own scribbling machine to take home.

In conjunction with the exhibition opening, SponsorAssociate, and Partners In Science members are invited to enjoy breakfast together and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Design Quest from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Please check in at the Front Desk.