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Windows XP Computers Must Be Upgraded by Sept. 1

Beginning Sept 1, Windows XP and Windows 2000 computers will be immediately blocked from network access due to vulnerability to online threats. More>

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Matt Perry Named New CUCSA Delegate for the Lab

IT Deputy of Operations to Serve on Council of UC Staff Assemblies. More>

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IT Offers Advanced Arduino Workshops on June 24

Classes offered from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. More>

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Voicemail Outage This Evening

This evening (May 14), the Lab’s voice mail system will be unavailable from 5:30 until 8 p.m. for system maintenance. During this time, voice mail messages will be unavailable and callers will be unable to leave a message. Outgoing and incoming calls will not be impacted. Outage information for all IT services may be found on it.lbl.gov.

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IT Division Shows Second Graders What’s Inside Computers

The second graders from Berkeley’s LeConte Elementary School were back on the hill this week, taking computers and keyboards apart with screwdrivers, using iPad apps to learn programming, and playing games with spinning dinosaurs to learn about networking. This is the fifth year the IT Division has hosted this successful outreach program, introducing kids to the world of science and computer science. To support LeConte and other Berkeley schools dine at a participating restaurant onTuesday, May 13.

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Lab Partners With Software Carpentry For Coding Bootcamp for Women

Working with the group Software Carpentry, whose mission is to teach researchers basic lab skills for scientific computing, the Lab’s IT Division held a software bootcamp for Women in Science and Engineering. More than 150 women, mostly grad students and postdocs and some from industry, attended the two-day session at the Lab this week, learning about Python, SQL, Git and other software tools that can help them become more productive in their research. Afterwards, the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education hosted a reception to reach out to participants about internship and other educational opportunities offered by the Lab.

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Archiving Files/Records Class on April 25

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 put on by the Archives and Records Office (ARO) on Friday, April 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 50B-4205. Go here to register. More>

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CIO Rosio Alvarez Hosts Reception for STEM Students

Rosio Alvarez, the Lab’s Chief Information Officer, hosted a reception at her home for the Chicana/Latina Foundation, which brought together undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and recent Ph.D.s along with Lab scientists to discuss educational and research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Lab scientists included Susana Gonzalez Fernandez-Nino, Amanda Reider Apel, Lorena Mora Blanco, Eva Nogales, and Dani Ushizima. Alvarez noted: “In order to create greater access and opportunities for women and other under-represented groups in the STEM fields, having role models and engaged mentors throughout your career continues to matter.” All in attendance expressed an interest in having this event serve as the basis for future networking opportunities.

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Heartbleed Security Bug Update

The recently announced Heartbleed bug has been making the rounds in the media. Visit go.lbl.gov/heartbleed for an assessment of impact on Berkeley Lab systems, to find more information on the bug, and to get recommendations from Cyber Security regarding password safety.

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Seats Available for Open Source Hardware Class Tuesday

Spaces are available in two free “Introduction to Arduino” classes tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18. The three-hour classes (9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.) cover getting started with the Open Source Arduino hardware platform, creating your first programs, and the basics of working with the Arduino board. Materials will be provided. For more information, visit the IT website.

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