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Friday, Dec. 18, 2009


Five Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

AAAS Fellows

Five Berkeley Lab scientists have been named to the 2009 class of “Fellow” by the American Association for the Avancement of Science (AAAS). An honor bestowed by their peers, a AAAS Fellow is defined as a AAAS scientist “whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” The recipients include (clockwise from l-r) Don DePaolo (Earth Sciences), Juan Meza (Computational Research-top center), Jeffrey Allen Reimer (Environmental Energy Technologies), William Turner (Accelerator and Fusion Research) and Yuen-Ron Shen (Materials Sciences). More>

holly A Holiday Video From Director Alivisatos


Proteins Research: Watching Proteins Direct Crystal Growth One Step at a Time

Scientists at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have imaged the growth of protein-studded mineral surfaces with unprecedented resolution, providing a glimpse into key structural materials engineered by living systems. The team’s high-resolution technique reveals the natural mechanisms employed by creatures at sea and on shore alike, and could provide a means to observe and steer this crystal growth as it occurs. More>

ComputersIT: Turn Off Computers Over Holiday Break

Lab computers are frequently attacked over the holidays. The Lab’s Computer Protection Program (CPP) asks that everyone shutdown or unplug their computers from the network over the holiday to avoid cyber attacks. Those operating the few systems that need to remain online should ensure they are secure and have the most current patches.

Excess & Salvage: Free Pick-Up of Salvage Starts Jan. 4

chairsThe Office of the Chief Financial Officer and the Facilities Division are announcing an enhanced cleanup service for the Lab. Effective Jan. 4, ongoing courtesy pick-up of salvage materials will be provided at no cost. The material must weigh less than 250 pounds and cannot include hazardous waste or universal e-waste. Go here to request a pick-up, then click the “Cleanup” link. Include a description of all the material and attach a Transportation Authorization Form (TAF) to all items. For information about hazardous or universal waste pick-ups, contact your Division Safety Liaison.

EH&S: Practical Training Component Added to LOTO Training

Beginning Feb. 26, the Lab’s Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) training will require both classroom and practical training. The practical training will involve hands activities to allow employees the opportunity to demonstrate they can perform LOTO correctly. Employees who perform LOTO will be required to take the classroom training (EHS0358) before taking the new practical training (EHS0359). The initial classroom and practical training expires after a year; staff will then be required to take the online refresher training (EHS0258) and the practical training (EHS0359) annually. Go here for a description of what classes are required and applicable dates.

Construction: Gayley Road Down to One Lane Dec. 21 Through Jan. 15

To allow for underground utilities work, one lane of Gayley Road will be closed between Rimway Road and the Haas School of Business starting Dec. 21. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., vehicle traffic will share one lane and flaggers will direct traffic.

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