Today at Berkeley Lab

Study Recommends Strong Role for National Labs in ‘Second Laser Revolution’

A new study calls for the U.S. to step up its laser R&D efforts to better compete with major overseas efforts to build large, high power laser systems, and notes progress and milestones at the BELLA Center at Berkeley Lab and other sites. More>

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Early Career LDRD Spotlight: Roux Explores Hidden World of Microbial Viruses

Simon Roux of the Joint Genome Institute has been taking aim at an elusive mystery: How do viruses infect the millions of trillions of tiny microbes that inhabit the Earth? Now with funding from an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development award, he may get closer to finding important clues. More>

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WAZE Carpool Offers Free Rides for Employees in May

To encourage carpooling, the Lab and WAZE Carpool have teamed up to offer staff and affiliates free rides between their home and the Lab during the month of May. Go here to learn more, or stop by the WAZE booth at the Safety, Security, and Sustainability Fair on April 26. Go here for more on Lab commuting options.

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‘Feel the Fun’ of Daughters & Sons Event Via ‘Exposure’ Photo Spread

This year, 150 kids participated in numerous activities, including job shadowing, getting photographed as the “next Nobel laureate,” writing a science biography, role playing as a STEM professional at the Lab, facility tours, and a “science for social good” workshop. The event also included a new “Energy Innovation Gallery.” Go here to view photos from of the event.

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IT Division Offers Free Big Data Workshop May 1-2

Supported by the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Development Environment, the workshop will provide information on Hadoop, Spark, and other tools. The course runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1 and 2. Attendance is free, but space is limited. Go here for more information and to register. Deadline is April 26.

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Archiving Files and Records Workshop

Is space in your office limited? Are you moving to a new office? Do you need to process the records of a retiree? Learn which files need to be kept or archived, and which can be tossed, at a workshop sponsored by the Archives and Records Office. The May 10 class runs from 10 to 11 a.m. in Perseverance Hall. Register here. Contact Karen Nelson (x4686) for more information.

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Outside Business, Consulting, and Employment

Are you consulting, serving on a board, or engaging in other compensated activities outside the Lab? Employees, including faculty, must get institutional approval for outside compensated activities in the same subject area as their Lab job before beginning work and annually thereafter. Read the policy and approval procedures here.

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Largest Ever Database of U.S. Wind Turbines Released

In collaboration with the American Wind Energy Association and the U.S. Geological Survey, Lab researchers led by Ben Hoen have released the most comprehensive publicly available database yet of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics. The United States Wind Turbine Database will allow unparalleled ability for government agencies and others to make planning decisions. More>

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Wednesday’s ‘Personnel Accountability’ Drill Explained

As part of a DOE-requested drill, Lab staff received texts, phone calls, or emails on April 18 asking them to confirm their location. In the event of an actual emergency, this “personnel accountability” information helps first responders initiate their efforts promptly. It also aids in identifying the location of emergency and critical personnel to ensure essential functions can continue. About 66 percent of staff responded. More>

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New CMS Notifications to Help Manage High Hazard Chemicals

To help better manage high-hazard chemicals, the Lab’s Chemical Management System will now send out notifications to chemical owners and proxies about new entries of these chemicals. The notifications serve as prompts to make appropriate updates to the hazards in their WPC Activities and to properly manage their time-sensitive chemicals. More>

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