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Archives for February 2013

Thanks to Those Who Took Workplace Environment Survey

The Lab would like to thank employees who participated in the recent Workplace Environment Survey. The Lab had a completion rate of 55.5 percent. The winners of the two iPads will be announced in April. Survey results will be posted on the UCOP website this spring. Congratulations to the following Divisions with the highest completion rates:

Less than 100 employees: Computing Sciences —100.0%
100 to 200 employees: Advanced Light Source — 92.5%
200 to 300 employees: OCFO — 67.9%
Over 300 employees: Environmental Energy Technologies — 45.5%

Go here to view results for all divisions.

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Chloride Depletion in Aged Sea Salt Particles

Particles or aerosols can be directly released into the atmosphere (dust storms, volcanic eruptions, sea spray) or formed by chemical reactions in the atmosphere. Regardless of how they formed, they transform as they are transported by wind, showing signs of age by increasing in size, chemical complexity, and oxidation, as well as becoming more mixed. One way to monitor aerosol age is to collect fresh particles near the source and older particles downwind, then compare these microscopic particles using imaging analysis. Scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Berkeley Lab did this recently with sea salt particles collected by aircraft, using Advanced Light Source beamlines. More>

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EETD Develops Interface to Aid Design of More Efficient Buildings

The DOE’s open-source EnergyPlus building energy simulation program has helped architects and engineers design more efficient buildings for more than a decade. However, it can take a great deal of effort to input information and analyze the output. To address the need for a more flexible, usable interface, EETD’s Simulation Research Group worked with a public/private team to develop Simergy—a new graphical user interface for EnergyPlus. Specifically designed for practitioners, the new, free GUI enables users to access the benefits of EnergyPlus much more easily. The beta version was released in October 2012 and is undergoing testing. More>

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Carbon Cycle 2.0 Talk Tomorrow on First-Principles Investigations for Improved Materials Design

Kristin Persson of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division will speak at the next Carbon Cycle 2.0 LDRD seminar tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Building 15-253. Persson will discuss “Accelerated Materials Design through First-Principles Calculations and Data-Mining”. Persson is a research chemist in EETD and her research focus is devoted to first-principles investigations of electrode materials, especially pertaining to ionic diffusion and/or surface phenomena. More>

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Check Out Latest Edition of UC’s ‘Our University’

Read the latest news for UC faculty and staff in Our University. The most recent issue includes stories on UC’s plans for 2014 medical benefits, donating to UC cancer research through your California tax return, and the role of staff advisors to the regents. More>

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Sign Up Now for Lawrence Hall of Science Summer Camps for Kids

At the Lawrence Hall of Science, campers age four through grade 12 do hands-on exploration every day. Expert educators lead more than 40 camps that encourage creativity and build science confidence. A wide variety of half-day camps, which you can combine for a full-day camp experience, are offered. A number of full-day camps and overnight camps for older kids are also available. More>

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New Opportunities for Crystal Growth Could Aid Homeland Security, Medical Diagnostics

Edith Bourret-Courchesne of the Materials Sciences Division heads a crystal growth facility that offers unique and increasingly rare capabilities for creating crystals and new materials that can serve homeland security, medical diagnostics and other non-destructive imaging applications. Featuring high-throughput synthesis and characterization capabilities over a wide range of temperatures and pressures Berkeley Lab’s crystal growth facility is attracting a growing number of collaboration requests from researchers at other national laboratories and private industry. More>

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Lab Takes Action on Staff Suggestions for Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

More than 20 Lab employees submitted ideas and suggestions through an online forum to improve traffic and pedestrian safety on the hill. Lab management already acted on several of the ideas and notified others that current works in progress will address theirs. COO Glenn Kubiak met with the contributors to thank them for their commitment to safety. Bill Tschudi, far left, suggested reflective tape on the new Grizzly Gate to make it more visible in the dark. Steven Wyrick, left, and Joerg Meyer, right, suggested a more clearly marked crosswalk near the Guest House and better visibility options for traffic coming down the hill.

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March 4 Course for Scientific Staff on Managing Software Projects

Managing scientific software development can be challenging, especially with limited resources. A new course, developed for Berkeley Lab, is designed to help scientific managers and staff to give these projects the best chance of success. The course will take place Monday, March 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. Go here for more information and to register.

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Haas Business School Hosts Entrepreneur Workshops

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is hosting two entrepreneur workshops next week, which are open to Lab researchers. The first, “Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series: The Mean Streets and Back Alleys of Startups 2.0” takes place on Monday, March 4, at 6:45 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room. Go here to register. The second, “Top Ten Mistakes of Entrepreneurs,” presented by Guy Kawasaki, takes place on Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Andersen Auditorium. Go here to register.

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