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Archives for April 2012

Golden Potential for Gold Thin Films

Ting Xu, a polymer scientist with the Materials Sciences Division, led the development of a relatively easy and inexpensive technique in which nanoparticles can be directed to self-assemble into multi-layers of device-ready thin films that have potential applications in computer memory storage, energy harvesting and storage, remote-sensing, catalysis, light management, and plasmonics. Working with Xu on this project were Joseph Kao, Peter Bai, Vivian Chuang, Zhang Jiang and Peter Ercius. More>

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‘More Than Magnifiers’ BLISS Workshop Next Monday

Lab employees interested in sharing science activities with students in local schools are invited to an upcoming workshop, “More Than Magnifiers,” on Monday, May 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Learn how to guide 7th graders as they investigate and use lenses in different ways to create magnifiers, simple cameras, telescopes, and slide projectors, and learn that lenses have certain measurable properties. These activities bring into practical focus important understandings related to physics, optics, and light. The workshop is hosted by the Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education Berkeley Lab in School Settings (BLISS) program. Registration is required and lunch will be provided.

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PolyPlus wins 2012 Gold Edison Award

PolyPlus, a company launched in 1991 based on the rechargeable lithium battery innovations of Steven Visco and Lutgard DeJonghe of the Materials Sciences Division, has won the Gold Edison Award in 2012 in the category of Power Generation/Utilization. PolyPlus won for its breakthrough in protected lithium metal electrodes that can be used to produce batteries with unprecedented energy density. The Edison Awards, sponsored by the Edison Universe, are recognized as one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. More>

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Want Media Training? Session Scheduled for May 18

Berkeley Lab’s Office of Public Affairs is launching a series of media training sessions. The two-hour session is ideal for researchers and others who talk to the news media or speak in public. The program includes a brief primer on working with the news media and why it’s important to properly communicate science in these challenging budget times, and will offer an opportunity to practice delivering your messages on-camera. Each session is limited to six participants so early registration (free) is suggested. The class will be led by former CBS News producer and current Lab communications manager Jon Weiner. The first session will be held 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 18. Contact Weiner to register.

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Staff Invited to Take Survey on Bay View Café

Epicurean, who operates the Lab’s Bay View Café, would like to know what you think about the service and food they provided. Go here to take the brief survey. The feedback will help their continual efforts to improve the offerings provided.

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Policy on Research Misconduct

Berkeley Lab’s policy is to investigate allegations of research misconduct fairly, effectively, and expeditiously. Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Research misconduct does not include authorship disputes or honest differences of opinion. Go here to view the Lab’s policy on research misconduct. If you have concerns about research misconduct, contact the Research and Institutional Integrity Office at [email protected], or submit them anonymously using the University of California hotline.

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Join the Lab’s New Parenting Network; Kick-Off Meeting on Wednesday

Are you a new or expecting parent? Have twins or multiples? Or do you have experience in parenting and would like to share tips and resources? Join the Berkeley Lab’s Parenting Network, part of the Lab’s Employee Activities Association. Be part of an informal support network — get information on the parent experience and learn how to transition back to work after an extended leave. The group also features an exchange for new and used toys and gear. Learn more at a kick-off meeting on Wednesday, May 2, at noon in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130). Go here for more information, or contact Mycile Cahambing at x4232.

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Live Salsa Music Outside Cafeteria on May 4

The Lab’s own George Rosas (Facilities) will bring his five-piece salsa band to the stage outside the cafeteria on Friday, May 4, during the noon hour. The performance is the first in a monthly series of music performances, scheduled to run from May to August, presented by the Sonic Agents Change Agent team. Check Today at Berkeley Lab for future dates and performers.

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Reporting Fraud, Waste, Abuse to DOE Inspector General

Under DOE Order 221.1A, “Reporting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse to the Office of Inspector General,” LBNL employees have a duty to report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, misuse, corruption, criminal acts or mismanagement to the appropriate authorities. Appropriate authorities include the supervisor, any level of management, and the internal and external resources listed here. Employees may also report directly to the DOE Office of Inspector General (OIG), which has authority to investigate violations such as false statements, false claims, bribery, kickbacks, fraud, ESH violations, theft, computer crimes, contractor mischarging, conflicts of interest, and conspiracy to commit any of these acts. Whistleblowers are protected from retaliation under UC/LBNL policy as well as state and federal regulations. Go here for contact information.

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Family Member Eligibility Verification Documentation Due May 17

UC Human Resources has hired an outside vendor, Secova, Inc. to complete the system wide Family Member Eligibility project. Secova recently sent a second mailing to all employees who have not yet provided the required documentation. The original mailing went out in the middle of March. Those who do not submit documents will be de-enrolled from UC-sponsored insurance. Family members found to be ineligible for insurance through the verification process will also be de-enrolled. Contact Secova at 877-632-8126 for more information, or go here. UC has provided answers to the 10 most common questions about the verification process here.

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