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Monday, March 2, 2009

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Postdoc Survey Coming in March; Workshops in Spring

Postdoctoral scholars make essential contributions to Berkeley Lab’s world-class scientific research. This month, Interim Laboratory Director Paul Alivisatos will invite postdocs to participate in a survey, which will gauge postdoc opinions about their work experience at the Lab. The survey was developed by the Lab’s new Postdoc Initiative Committee (PIC). In addition, the Berkeley Lab Learning Institute (BLI) will offer several professional development workshops for postdocs this spring.  Go here for more information about the survey, workshops, and the Postdoc Initiative Committee.

Shuttle Bus: Enhanced Schedules Effective March 16

busA new bus schedule launching on Monday, March 16, will reduce wait times for passengers and idle time for buses. The Blue bus will now make pick-ups every 10 minutes (previously was every 13 minutes, 11 during commute hours). The Orange bus will now make pick ups every 15 minutes, and every 10 minutes from 7:40 to 9:40 a.m. (previously was every 18 minutes, 12 during commute hours). The Green bus intervals will remain the same with slight alterations to the schedule. Rockridge and Potter routes and schedules are unchanged. Riders can check when buses are arriving using NEXTbus. LabPorter reservations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 3:45 p.m. Send comments here.

EH&S: Volunteers Needed to Test New Website’s Usability

keyboardInterested in helping improve an important Lab-community resource? A wide range of customer and end-user volunteers are needed to perform usability testing of proposed updates to the Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) website. A noontime series of short tests over the month of March will be conducted using simple mock-ups. Refreshments will be served. Those interested in participating can send e-mail here.

reagentsProcurement:  New England Biolabs Products Available On eBuy

The entire catalog of New England Biolabs (NEB) products is now available on eBuy as a direct line of GSS. Included are a wide assortment of laboratory and experimental supplies, reagents, enzymes and custom items. Lab customers will continue to receive 20-percent off list price, and shipping costs are unchanged. Users should purchase New England Biolabs products thru eBuy in lieu of existing blanket orders.

Property Management: 2009 Sample Inventory Underway

This year's Statistical Sample Inventory requires verification of the following DOE assets: A sampling of both equipment and sensitive items, every piece of equipment valued at $1million or more, and all 2,998 laptops. Berkeley Lab Property Management asks employees to be prepared to assist their Division Property Staff in locating items. All offsite-use laptops must be accounted for and scanning appointments can be scheduled with Property Representatives. More>

eating appleHealth and Wellness: March is National Nutrition Month

The Lab’s Health Care Facilitator reminds employees that March is “National Nutrition Month.” When it comes to weight loss, there are hundreds of fad diets promising fast results. Unfortunately, most diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and tend to fail in the long run. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is adopting a lifestyle that includes nutritious eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories consumed with the number of calories the body uses.  Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age. More>

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