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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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Watch Out for Those Telephone Cords

Telephone, power, and data cables can be the cause of serious injury. Recently a Lab employee inadvertently stepped into a loop of telephone wire under his desk, got up to walk out of his office and, with his left foot caught, fell forward so quickly he was unable to use his arms to stop. The employee's face hit the edge of a desk, causing a laceration between the eyes and a very big headache. Telephone jacks and electrical and data connections should be located so that cords do not cross paths of travel in and around the work area. If furniture or equipment is relocated, re-check for looped or trailing cables in paths of travel.

laserStimulus: Management Plan and New Funding Opportunities Posted

Those wanting the latest information on all things related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as stimulus funding, can visit Several new scientific funding opportunities from the National Institutes of Health (under the "How to Apply" tab) as well as the Lab’s Stimulus Projects Management Plan have just been posted to the site. Of the $115.8 million in stimulus funds announced by the DOE for Berkeley Lab, $44.8 million has arrived, including, most recently, the first $2 million for BELLA, the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator. Go here for a story on UC Berkeley stimulus funds, including awards to professors who have joint appointments with Berkeley Lab, including Petr Horava (Physics Division) and Sung-Hou Kim (Physical Biosciences Division).

eating appleHR Benefits: $100 for Eligible CUE Members Completing Health Assessment

CUE members who are enrolled in UC's medical plans, except Kaiser, can earn an incentive for taking a StayWell health assessment by June 10. Kaiser members have access to Kaiser's integrated wellness program. Employees will receive a $100 gift certificate, while spouses and domestic partners will receive a $50 gift certificate. This does not change the April 15, 2009 incentive deadline for all other eligible employees. After the June deadline, eligible employees and spouses/domestic partners will have access to the StayWell website and any follow-up wellness coaching services for which they may be eligible. More>

pastryPublic Affairs: Want Some Free Starbucks? Take Online Survey

As part of an effort to improve internal communications at the Lab, the Public Affairs Department invites all employees and guests to fill out an anonymous, online survey on this issue. Those who complete the survey can enter their e-mail address into a drawing for one of 20 $5 Starbucks gift certificates. The e-mail prompt is separate from the survey, so anonymity is preserved. The survey will be open until Friday.

In Memoriam: Roz, Wife of Lab Veteran Art Rosenfeld, Dies

Roz Rosenfeld, wife of renowned energy efficiency expert and former Lab scientist Art Rosenfeld, passed away on June 2 at the age of 82. "Over the decades Art has spent in Berkeley working on particle physics and energy efficiency, Roz was always by his side and embraced so many of us into her family," said Arun Majumdar, division director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Go here to read a letter from the Rosenfeld family.

IT: Cell Phone Company Reps Here Tomorrow

AT&T and Verizon Wireless will have representatives in the cafeteria lobby tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to answer questions on discounts, promotions and equipment for personal use by Lab employees. Contact Telephone Services for inquiries about Lab-supported cellular service (x4966).

World of Science: EBI Joins Group to Promote Energy Research, Education

The Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) has joined programs at more than 30 universities in the formation of the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL), which is committed to advancing the role of higher education in the energy field to improve education, decision-making, and societal well-being. The group is the first multidisciplinary membership organization made up of heads of academic energy research and education centers. Berkeley Lab is part of the EBI partnership. More>

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