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Archives for October 2012

Friday Night Football Game To Affect Lab Exits and Shuttles

A UC Berkeley football game on Friday will block Centennial Road near the stadium beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing until an hour after the game. Those exiting from the Grizzly and Strawberry Gates must travel uphill during this time. Gayley and Piedmont roads will be closed between Hearst and Channing Way from 4 p.m. to one hour after the game. The Orange shuttle will stop running at 3 p.m. and the Rockridge shuttle will run every 30 minutes starting at Bldg. 66, picking up at Strawberry Gate, 48 Fire House, Guest House and Bldg. 65 before exiting Blackberry Gate for Rockridge Bart. The Blue shuttle will not change but expect delays.

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‘Geek Out’ Your Pumpkin With Energy Stencils From DOE

Pumpkin carving is a great Halloween tradition for families around the country, and a chance for young and old alike to show a little creativity. In that spirit, earlier this month, the Department of Energy web team posted six stencils to help “energize” your pumpkins, and your Halloween. Go here to download a stencil.

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Friday Earth Sciences Talk on Microbial Genetic Resources in the Arctic

On Friday, the Earth Sciences Division will hold a Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series featuring Lise Øvreås titled “The Vanishing North: How Will Climate Change Influence the Microbial Genetic Resources in Arctic?” Øvreås will explain that the microbial diversity of the world is a scientific frontier that is not only unexplored, but also of far greater than astronomical dimensions. She will discuss the fate of the 400 gigatons of methane locked in the frozen arctic tundra and their uncertain future. The seminar begins at 2:30 p.m. in Building 66 Auditorium and will be followed by a question and answer session at 3:30 p.m. More>

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Expanded CRT Staging to Impact Bevatron Parking Lot Until Next July

To accommodate construction on the Computational Research and Theory building, the contractor staging area in the Bevatron ot (B51) will be expanded this week, reducing several parking spots. To mitigate the impacts, Lot I (above and south of the Bevatron lot), will be available for employee parking. The expanded staging area will be required until July 2013. Employees are encouraged to use alternate transportation methods to reduce parking demand at the Lab during this time. For more information, contact Henry Martinez (x6259), Tim Kemper (x6917), or Matt Vail (x2849).

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Nov. 7 Class on Archiving Files and Records

Are you running out of space in your office, moving to a new office, or tasked with processing the records of retiring (or already retired) scientists? Learn more about files that need to be kept, which can be archived, which can be disposed of, and DOE and Lab compliance at a workshop (BLI0926) sponsored by the Archives and Records Office (ARO) and the Berkeley Lab Learning Institute (BLI) on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Building 2-100B. Registration is required.

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Career Planning Workshops on Nov. 6 for Science and Support Staff

Where are you headed with your career, and how will you get there? Berkeley Lab Learning Institute’s career planning workshops, coming up on November 6, can help you think through these issues. Taught by a career-counseling specialist, these sessions help you develop a career action plan and provide tools and resources to support your efforts. Two workshops are offered: a postdoc and research assistant version (BLI0118) focusing on issues in scientific careers, and a non-scientific employee version (BLI0119) that explores general career planning issues. Registration required.

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EETD Researchers Contribute to Study on Indoor Air Quality of Childcare Facilities

A first-of-its-kind study of the indoor air quality in 40 childcare centers in California finds that most concentrations of contaminants in the air are well within state and federal guidelines, although a few chemicals such as formaldehyde exceeded guidelines. Thomas McKone and Randy Maddalena of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division participated in the study, which was led by Asa Bradman and researchers in UC Berkeley’s Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, School of Public Health. Download the report here. More>

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Chemical Scientist Neumark Wins 2013 APS Broida Prize

Daniel Neumark, Berkeley Lab chemical scientist and chair of UC Berkeley’s Chemistry Department, has won the 2013 Herbert P. Broida Prize of the American Physical Society. The prize was awarded to Neumark for his “pioneering work in reaction and cluster dynamics using transition state spectroscopy and time-resolved femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy.” The prize was established in 1979 as a memorial to and in recognition of the accomplishments of Herbert P. Broida, late professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara. More>

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Energy Biosciences Institute Launches New Website

The Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), the partnership between UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that is funded by the energy company BP, has a new website. Now in its fifth year, EBI is dedicated to the application of biology-based techniques to develop future renewable energy options for the world. Its new website was implemented following a yearlong analysis and features drop-down and accordion menus to simplify navigation and provide easier content access.

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Veteran’s Day Holiday Option

Monday, Nov. 12, is Veterans Day (observed). Eligible employees have the option of using that day as a paid holiday if they have approval from their supervisor, and have not taken Cesar Chavez Day (March 30, 2012) as a paid holiday this calendar year. Those who have taken Cesar Chavez Day or will take Veterans’ Day as a holiday must use a vacation day or take a leave of absence without pay on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Go to the Limited Floating Holiday Implementation Guidance webpage for information on eligibility and time-entry procedures. Laboratory policy concerning holidays is in the Requirements and Policies Manual, Holiday Policy. Go here to view the Laboratory’s holiday schedule.

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