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Archives for April 2016

Lab Staff Make Key Contributions to National Lab Science Day on Capitol Hill

Forty staff members from across the DOE national lab complex, including nine from Berkeley Lab, helped convey the contributions of the labs to Congressional members and staff during National Lab Science Day on April 20 in Washington, D.C. Pictured is Energy Secretary Moniz (center) at the Lab’s display on biofuels research. More>

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Lab’s Kelsey Sakimoto Makes it to UC ‘Grad Slam’ Research Pitch

Grand Slam challenges graduate students to present their research — projects they may have been working on for several years — in a three-minute ‘elevator pitch’ to a general audience. Sakimoto (center), with the Materials Sciences Division, won the UC Berkeley competition and move on to the UC-wide battle. More>

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2017 Vendor Changes for UC’s PPO Plans

With Blue Shield of California’s rate guarantees expiring, other vendors were evaluated through a formal request for proposal process. UC has selected Anthem to replace Blue Shield as the claims administrator and network provider for UC Care, Health Savings Plan, Core, and Blue Shield Medicare plans. More>

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Ukulele Club Hosts Polynesian Songs Workshop

Learn how to pronounce and sing Hawaiian and Tahitian song lyrics using an easy-to-learn emphasis on phonetics. The free workshop starts at noon on Friday, May. 6, in Building 2-100B and will run for four weeks every Friday. For more information, contact lbl-uke-club@lbl.gov.

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Berkeley Police Dept. to Step Up Pedestrian Safety Enforcement

Officers will look out for traffic offenses made by drivers and pedestrians, including drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, and failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks, as well as when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. More>

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Seeing Atoms and Molecules in Action with an Electron ‘Eye’

A unique rapid-fire electron source — originally built as a prototype for driving next-generation X-ray lasers — will help scientists at Berkeley Lab study ultrafast chemical processes and changes in materials at the atomic scale. More>

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Financial Management System Down May 6 at 1 p.m. to May 8 at 8 a.m.

The FSM shutdown is required for regular maintenance, including system upgrades to PeopleTools and Oracle database versions. These upgrades will not change the functionality of the system. E-mail fsmhelp@lbl.gov for assistance.

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New Lab Employee Concerns Program Manager Appointed

Vicki Laden previously served as the associate director of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination at UC San Francisco, supervising Title IX investigations. More>

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Lab Participates in First DOE STEM Mentoring Cafe in California

The event took place at the Chabot Space & Science Center on April 20, and featured “show and tell” stations where volunteers engaged with youngsters. Lab volunteers included Erin Fong, Christine Naca, Behzad Rad, Maryann Villavert, and Carlos Serrano-Pareja. More>

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Cleantech Open West Offers Startup Funding

Cleantech startups can apply for the opportunity to receive world-class, tailored mentoring from experienced business experts, access to a powerful network of influencers, hands-on training, and cash prizes. Applications due May 1. For details, eligibility requirements, and an application toolkit, go to Cleantech Open West’s website.

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