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Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009

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Taking Biofuels From Lab to the Classroom


[Berkeley Daily Plantet] Kate Trimlett is bringing biofuels into Berkeley High School’s science curriculum. Armed with eight weeks of biofuels research experience from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), the Berkeley High science teacher is ready to take this controversial topic from the lab to the classroom. Trimlett, lead teacher at the School for Social Justice and Ecology, a small school at Berkeley High, won a fellowship from the Synthetic Biology Engineering and Research Center and JBEI to spend the summer with two of her students inside JBEI’s Deconstruction Division. More>

Special Event: Computation Conference is Biggest Yet

fiber opticsThe 10th International Computational Accelerator Physics Conference, hosted last week in San Francisco by Berkeley Lab, is the best attended in the 21-year history of the series, says conference chair Robert Ryne of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division (AFRD). Some 170 scientists gathered to discuss design codes and other issues in the rapidly evolving field. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory collaborated in conference organization, which was staffed by senior planner Laurie O’Brien of Operations, administrator Martha Condon and editor Joseph Chew of AFRD, and webmaster Sarah Poon of the Computational Research Division. NERSC staff were also helped plan the event, and participated in a session on “Trends in High Performance Computing.” More>

emergency kitEmergency Preparedness: Workshop to Help Improve Response Skills

Staff who want to learn simple emergency response skills for home, work, and travel are invited to attend a lecture by emergency preparedness expert Ana-Marie Jones. She will present a diverse, interactive curriculum designed to empower participants and make preparedness beneficial and fun. The hour-long talk takes place tomorrow at noon in the Building 66 Auditorium.

Runaround: Lack of Volunteers Jeopardizes Hosting of Event

runnersWhile the Runaround has taken place at the Lab for more than 30 years in a row, the event is jeopardized this year because not enough volunteers have come forward, says race organizer Loida Bartolome-Mingao. Helpers are needed to staff the start and finish tables, set up the course, keep time, tabulate results, and disburse first-aid, refreshments and t-shirts. Those interested in keeping this hallowed tradition alive are invited to attend one of three scheduled meetings on Thursday Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lower cafeteria dining room, or contact the Employee Activities Association. More>

Employee Activity: New Tai-Chi Club Schedules First Meeting

As announced in TABL last week, a new Lab Tai-Chi Club has formed. Those interested in participating can attend the first meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Building 76-234 (recreation room). For more information, contact Les Dutton.

UC Update: Retirement Benefits Forums, Water Crisis Research in Latest Newsletter

The latest edition of Our University, the systemwide newsletter for and about UC faculty and staff, is now available. The issues includes stories on the UC employees who made honorary degrees for former interned Japanese-American students happen, how UC researchers are tackling the water crisis, and a series of forums on the future of retirement benefits. More>

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