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Thursday, June 25, 2009


Microsoft Licenses Lab's Home Energy Saver for Hohm Service

Microsoft Corporation has launched a web-based home energy management service, Hohm, which uses the energy models in the Home Energy Saver, developed by Berkeley Lab. "Microsoft’s licensing of the Home Energy Saver will bring important capabilities of our home energy-efficiency software technology to an even broader user base than it currently has," said Evan Mills, with the Environmental Energy Technologies Division who serves as team leader for the Home Energy Saver project. More>

planeH1N1 Flu: Updated Travel Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that travelers at high risk for complications from any form of flu discuss their travel plans with their doctor. The high-risk designation applies to travelers:

— Aged under 5 or over 65
— Under age 18 receiving aspirin therapy and at risk for Reye syndrome
— Who are pregnant
— With chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders, or immunosuppression

Go here for more on Lab travel, and here for the CDC travel site.

EH&S: Have a Safety Concern? E-Mail [email protected]

trippingHave you come across a situation in or near your area that could lead to injury? Like windowless doors that open into oncoming pedestrian traffic, exposed electrical cords that people could trip over, or broken steps that may cause a fall? If so, immediately report them via a special e-mail account: [email protected]. The account is monitored by the Lab’s Environment, Health and Safety Division, who will dispatch workers as soon as possible to make repairs.

World of Science: IBM Aims for a Battery Breakthrough

battery[Business Week] Eager to place itself at the forefront of technology considered crucial to transportation's future, Big Blue is throwing its weight behind batteries. On June 23, IBM announced a multiyear effort to increase the performance of rechargeable batteries by a factor of 10. The initiative grew from an internal "grand challenge" contest late last year at IBM's Almaden lab. It now includes collaborators from five of the country's national laboratories, as well as universities. More>

Construction: Lawrence Road Down to One Lane Tomorrow, Monday

To accommodate construction work on the Guest House, a portion of Lawrence Road in that area will be limited to one lane Friday and Monday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Flaggers will direct traffic, however drivers are asked to observe the 15 mph speed limit and pedestrians are urged to use the crosswalks provided, follow posted signage and use caution when traversing this area. For more information, contact Kirk Haley (x4171).

barcodeProperty: Employees Can Check on Items Under Their Responsibility

The Property Management homepage provides direct links to property searches. Staff who want to find out what assets are assigned to them can click on the "Verify My Property" link. Contact your division property representative (also listed on the homepage) if you see any items you’re not responsible for, need to update an item’s location, or want to excess or salvage an item. The history of a DOE-tagged item is also available by clicking on "Look Up My Property by DOE #." Contact Property Management (x5151) for additional information.

Employee Activities: Scores From Last Week’s Softball Games

Ballpark Estimates 12, Clean Sweep 4
Rated X 14, Clone Warriors 3
Animals 7, SUDZ 3
Silver and Black 11, Scared Hitless 0

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