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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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New Interactive Map of Lab Launched

A new web-based map of the Lab uses the latest technology to allow users to zoom in on key buildings, see photos, and read a brief description of the departments and services inside. The map also has a navigation bar listing building numbers, which can be clicked on to zoom the user directly to the building's location. The map, which resides on the “About Berkeley Lab" page as a tab, can be of particular help to new employees and visitors who may not be familiar with the Lab's sprawling campus. To view it now, go here (Flash required). The map was created by the Lab’s Public Affairs Office.

ACS Meeting: DOE’s Rohlfing Talks Global Energy Challenges

derrickThe American Chemical Society (ACS) is holding its 237th national meeting and exposition in Salt Lake City this week. The event kicked off Sunday with a session featuring Eric Rohlfing, director of Biosciences, Chemical Sciences and Geosciences in the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. He discussed “21st Century Energy Challenges in a New Era of Science.” The Molecular Foundry's Aditi Risbud reports on the talk.

In The News: Berkeley Lab Get Millions From Stimulus

ALS[San Francisco Chronicle] Energy Department laboratories at UC Berkeley and Stanford University have been awarded more than $184 million for new research and laboratory construction as part of the $1.2 billion the department will spend on science under the Obama administration's economic stimulus program. Berkeley Lab said a large part of its $115.8 million share will be used to speed completion of a building for scientists working with the Advanced Light Source. The new money for Berkeley will also go toward building a laser-based accelerator facility to boost the speed of electrically charged particles for experiments exploring the nature of atomic nuclei. More>

mentor studentEducation: Hosts for Summer Interns Needed

The deadline for placing an undergraduate student for this summer through the Lab's Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) is the end of this week. Those interested in hosting an undergraduate student this summer should contact CSEE head Susan Brady as soon as possible. Interns are available through several programs, which provide undergraduates from four-year and two-year institutions. Go here for information on mentor guidelines and here for specific programs. 

blood pressureEH&S: Health Services Receives Three-Year Re-Accreditation

Berkeley Lab’s Health Services has achieved re-accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care for a three year period, the highest vote of confidence available from that organization. Credit for this achievement, says Health Services head Peter Lichty, belongs to all employees who participated in interviews and program reviews in preparation for the site visit last November. Lichty offered special mention of Sue Broadway — who assisted with the assembling the accreditation application package, coordinated the site visit, and launched corrective actions for feedback provided at the closing session — and the Lab’s EH&S Division, which provided financial and management support for the accreditation process.

Special Event: Finding Work is Topic of Women’s Science Group Meeting Tomorrow Evening

The East Bay Association for Women In Science will hold it's next meeting tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Novartis in Emeryville. Toby Freedman will discuss "Finding Work in Tough Times.” She’ll provide tips on resume writing and job search strategies to aid those seeking employment during the slowing economy. Freedman is the author of a recently released book, “Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development,” and an experienced life sciences recruiter and owner of Synapsis Search. The event is open to public. More>

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