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Monday, May 18, 2009

Education Outreach

Mentors Needed For Summer Students

The Lab's Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) is gearing up for summer with a request for volunteers to serve as Lab mentors for CSEE's high school student and teacher programs. Mentoring is a rewarding way to give back to the community and to inspire future scientists and engineers. Scientists and engineers who are interested in working with students or teachers should e-mail [email protected] or call x5511. The last wave of placements for internship programs are being decided now, so the deadline to become a mentor is approaching fast. For more information about mentoring at the Lab go here.

office lightsIn The News: Humans Can Undo the Savings of Green Buildings

[Oregon] Designers have found ways to make cooling and heating systems more efficient than ever. But some of the greenest buildings in the world are undermined by human behavior. To help, researchers are developing a range of approaches, such as energy meters, sensors and use of laptops in cubicles. But technology alone won't get most new buildings to "net zero" energy use anytime soon, says Stephen Selkowitz, head of the Building Technologies Department at Berkeley Lab. More>

woman scientistSpecial Event: 'Women in Science' Group to Meet Thursday, May 28

The East Bay Association for Women in Science will hold its next meeting on Thursday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Novartis in Emeryville (1400 53rd St). After a light dinner and networking, attendees will hear a panel of scientists who have become sales professionals discuss opportunities in this field. The event is free and open to all. The association's president is Mara Jeffress, who works in Berkeley Lab's Life Sciences Division. Go here to register.

Web Feature: Lab flickr Site Offers Hundreds of Lab Images

solar cellsNeed to spiff up your group's webpage, decorate a flyer or brochure, or add some polish to conference materials? Photos are a great way to improve the appearance of online and printed documents, and the Public Affairs Office has made hundreds of Lab-related images available to staff and the public. Visit the Lab's flickr site to access photos depicting research, facilities, education, tech transfer, Nobel laureates, historical events, and numerous other categories. The site is searchable by keyword. Need professional help with your department's publications? The Creative Services Office can assist with everything from web and print design, photography, and illustration to writing, editing and duplication.

softballEmployee Activity: Lab Softball League Gears Up for Summer Season

The Berkeley Lab Softball League is composed of between six and eight teams made up of existing and retired employees and their spouses. Games are played every Wednesday evening on Maxwell Field on the UC Berkeley campus. Game times are 6, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m. and the season runs from mid June to late August. The League has been in existence since 1975 and is supported by the Employee Activities Association. Players looking for a team or who would like to form one of their own teams can contact Steve Blair.

Correction: Links for JHA Instructions and FAQs

Last Thursday's Today at Berkeley Lab included an article on the need to review and reauthorize Job Hazards Analysis (JHA) annually and to update or input "Descriptions of Work" into the JHA. However, incorrect links were provided for additional information. Go here for more on "Descriptions of Work" and step-by-step instructions, and here for JHA FAQs.

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