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Friday, April 24, 2009


Ting Xu Receives Young Investigator Award from Navy

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The Office of Naval Research has named Ting Xu of the Materials Sciences Division one of the 15 researchers in its 2009 Young Investigators Program, which awards three-year grants of up to $510,000 to new faculty members “who show exceptional promise for cutting-edge research.” In addition to her Berkeley Lab appointment Xu is also an assistant professor in UC Berkeley’s department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her proposal, “Directed Assemblies of Nanocomposites for Energy Storage,” was among those selected from nearly 200 applications for the Young Investigators Program. More>

Special Event: ESD’s Distinguished Scientist Seminar Today

podiumThe Earth Sciences Division will host the next installment of its Distinguished Scientist Seminar series today at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. The speaker will be Laurent Charlet, of the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. Charlet is an expert in contaminant geochemistry, particularly with respect to arsenic and selenium.

steel beamConstruction: Steel Deliveries for USB to Start Monday, Continuing to May 15

To accommodate construction of the User Support Building (USB), adjacent to the Advanced Light Source, trucks will be delivering steel starting Monday and continuing through May 15. The trucks will enter via Blackberry Gate and travel up Chu and Lawrence Roads throughout the day. The trucks will be traveling at slow speeds, particularly uphill, so drivers behind them should not attempt to pass and should follow directions from flaggers, should they be present. Pedestrians in the area must use appropriate sidewalks, crosswalks and pathways.

HR Employee Development: New Workshop for Supervisors

leadershipA new workshop coordinated by the Berkeley Lab Learning Institute (BLI), will engage supervisors in discussions on solutions around three common yet complex HR-related scenarios. The workshop is appropriate for science and operations supervisors at all levels of experience. The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, in Building 2-100 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Go here to register and here for more information.

IT: E-Mail, Webspace Down Sunday Morning

E-mail, Webspace, Novell and Windows home directories service will be unavailable this Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon for scheduled maintenance. All e-mail will be queued during the maintenance then delivered once service is restored.

Facilities: Fuel Pumps Unavailable On Monday; Fuel Up Today

Due to construction in the area, the fuel pumps near Building 76 will be out of service all day on Monday. Staff who need to get fuel for their Lab vehicles should do so today.

EH&S: Requirements for Seismic Anchoring Changed

The California Building Code now specifies that structures and non-structural components (such as research equipment) that are permanently attached to a building structure must be anchored to resist seismic forces. The most common item this will affect is concrete anchors and their design. Chapter 23 of Berkeley Lab’s Pub 3000 has been updated to reflect this change in code. See section 23.2.2 for details.

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