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Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Earth Scientist Returns From Antarctic Expedition

Norm Miller of the Earth Sciences Division was one of eight experts to participate in the 2009 Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Swan and sponsored by BP to engage sixty next-generation student leaders in energy security and climate change. Miller taught meteorology and climate classes, and was part of a working group on climate change and energy, water, and food security. A video that documents the 12-day expedition, which ended April 5, can be viewed by going to the Earth Sciences Division website and clicking “Expedition Antarctic 2009” under latest news and events. More>

Special Event: Bock Speaker for April 25 Nano*High Gathering

bockNano*High, the popular Saturday morning lecture series for high school students who want to learn more about science, welcomes well-known entrepreneur Lawrence Bock as its next speaker. He will discuss “The Art of the Start: Moving Science From the Lab to the Marketplace” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 in Stanley Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. More>

cellscopeIn The News: CellScope Aims to Diagnose, Monitor Diseases

[CNet News] What's this gizmo? Another ridiculous lens thing for bolting on the front of your phone to beef up that pitiful 2-megapixel camera? Actually, no: it's the CellScope, which turns a normal mobile phone into a microscope. Limited access to microscopy in the developing world makes this a handy tool for diagnosing diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. The cellscope was developed by Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Daniel Fletcher. More>

Special Event: DOE Site Office Recognizes Staff Who Assisted With HSS Review

HSS review teamAundra Richards, head of the Department of Energy Site Office at Berkeley Lab (BSO), hosted a special event yesterday to honor the excellent work of staff who helped with the Health, Safety and Security (HSS) Review that took place earlier this year. Richards lauded the group for “their support of the review, which resulted in significant improvements to the implementation of Integrated Safety Management at Berkeley Lab,” and for their collaboration with BSO, which “helped ensure a positive outcome.” Those honored received certificates of appreciation and were treated to refreshments. Go here to see a list of those honored and a group photo.

eatingHR Benefits: Class Offers Tips on Healthy Eating on the Job

The Human Resources Benefits Department invites all Lab employees to attend a workshop “Tips for Healthy Eating At and Away from your Desk.” It will be held on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Cafeteria Lower Dining Room. The guest speaker is Elena Summer, with Weight Watchers Public Relations and leader of the Lab’s onsite meetings. She will discuss weight loss strategies that will help you lose weight and gain a healthy lifestyle while on the job.

People: Earth Scientists Donate Royalties to Further TOUGH Research

Since 2005, a group of researchers from Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division have donated their inventor/developer share of royalties from licensing of TOUGH software to the division to support further research and development of the TOUGH family of codes. The TOUGH software offers simulation tools for multiphase flow and transport processes in permeable media. It is the first Berkeley Lab software made available for commercial and non-commercial licensing through an online payment system. Go here to see a list of researchers who donated a portion of their royalties.

IT: Lab Migration to New VPN Server Continues

The Lab’s virtual private network (VPN) service provides unrestricted access to LBLnet via an encrypted connection for employees on travel or otherwise working from remote locations. A new VPN server (vpn1) was installed in February to replace our legacy servers (secure and secure2), which are scheduled to be shut down May 14th. To ensure uninterrupted service, VPN users must migrate to vpn1 before that date. More>

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