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Monday, June 8, 2009

Special Event

Emergency Preparedness Week Starts Monday

To help employees get better prepared for an emergency, be it fire, earthquake or flu outbreak, the Lab's Environment, Health & Safety Division is sponsoring a week's worth of related activities. It starts Monday with a fair on the cafeteria lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a rescue dog demonstration on Tuesday at noon on the cafeteria lawn, a site-wide duck-cover-hold drill at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, and a personal preparedness presentation at noon in Building 2-100B on Thursday.

laserResearch: Using Lasers to Detect Explosives and Hazardous Waste

Berkeley Lab scientists are pioneering laser ablation techniques that can detect explosives and hazardous waste in seconds, with no chemical waste. The technology can save the lives of soldiers, keep children safe from toys illegally coated with lead paints, and protect workers from chemical poisoning. More>

In The News: Nanocrystal Growth Process Revealed

nanocrystals[Chemistry World] New research has shed light on precisely how nanocrystals grow, providing key information that could help improve fuel cells of the future. The team, led by Ulrich Dahmen with the National Center for Electron Microscopy and Berkeley Lab Interim Director Paul Alivisatos, studied the behaviour of single platinum nanoparticles in solution. They used transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with a liquid cell, which allows liquids to be observed inside a vacuum. It is the first time this technique has been used to study the growth mechanisms of single nanocrystals. More> This story also appeared in Science Magazine.

Education Outreach: The Students and Teachers are Coming!

outreachBeginning today, hundreds of students and teachers from around the country will make Berkeley Lab their home for the summer. They will include 78 undergraduates from 58 colleges nationwide, 22 students from local high schools, as well as 53 teachers and teachers-in-training. Hosted by the Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE), along with 142 mentors who have volunteered their time and expertise, participants will be fanning out around the lab and across research disciplines to expand their scientific horizons. Today's group will include approximately 75 interns who will eat their lunch in the cafeteria after their orientation. More>

Tech Transfer: Researchers Invited to Lunch With Venture Capital Reps

Nth Power, an early-stage cleantech venture capital firm, and the Lab's Technology Transfer Department will host a free lunch on Friday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. There are spaces for 10 researchers interested in speaking with Nth Power representatives about entrepreneurship, presenting to venture capitalists, and sectors that are currently attracting capital. Requests for 20-minute meetings in the afternoon to discuss R&D efforts with Nth Power reps will also be accepted. To register, e-mail a brief description of your research by June 9.

Employee Development: Course for Supervisors and Work Leads

The Berkeley Lab Learning Institute is hosting a two-day course on "Fundamentals of Leading and Motivating People" on July 15 and 16 in Perseverance Hall. The course is designed to help science and operations supervisors and work leads achieve project goals, manage time, and create an innovative, diverse, and productive work environment. Go here for more information, and here to register.

Special Event: Dad, Grad, Bride Gifts Available From Karats Jewelry Tomorrow

Karats Gold Jewelry will be in the cafe lobby on tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Karats offers a wide selection of jewelry, which make perfect gifts for recent graduates and Fathers Day, as well as June brides. Employees may use the convenient layaway plan, or pay with checks, Mastercard or Visa.

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