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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

Qualified staff are encouraged to apply for the jobs below, or forward to others who might be interested. Go here to see a full listing of open positions.

Software Developer (Computational Research) Development of the microbial genome and metagenome data analysis, exploration, and visualization tools for the Integrated Microbial Genomes…

Principal Research Associate (Environmental Energy Technologies) As a part of the Building Technologies team, will support the development of the next generation of building energy modeling….

Unix Systems Administrator (Genomics) Provide systems administration support for Sun and Linux workstations and servers and Network Appliance file servers; plan and coordinate the installation….

Project Manager II (Facilities) Responsible for managing, coordinating, and administrating multiple, complex, and competing projects from the conceptual phase through close-out...

Quality Assurance Engineer 3/4 (EH&S) Provide programmatic and technical support to design, develop, review, and implement all aspects of documentation that ensure radiation safety programs…

Research: A Computational Approach for Analyzing Culture

cultureJust as photography revolutionized the study of art, researchers from UC San Diego believe that a new paradigm called cultural analytics will drastically change the study of culture by allowing people to quantify evolving trends across time and countries. With an allocation on the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's supercomputers and help from the facility's analytics team, the researchers recently illustrated changing trends in media and design across the 20th and 21st centuries via Time magazine covers and Google logos. More>

comminspripsteinPeople: Commins, Pripstein Receive Teaching, APS Awards

During the joint meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) last week, Eugene Commins (left) of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division received the AAPT’s first J. D. Jackson Excellence in Graduate Education Award. “Dr. Commins sets the standard for graduate physics around the world,” said AAPT Executive Officer Warren Hein. Among Commins’s students were Stuart Freedman of the Nuclear Science Division, Phil Bucksbaum of the Advanced Light Source, and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. At the same meeting, Moishe Pripstein (right) of the Physics Division received the APS’s Andrei Sakharov Prize, as announced last Oct. 5 in Today at Berkeley Lab.

Commuting: Lab Introduces Zimride Rideshare System

zimride logoZimride is an online service that enables commuters to find or provide rides to various destinations, and the Lab is now a member of the program. Employees can use the service to catch a ride with colleagues or provide a seat in their own car. Riders split the cost with those who drive. Ridesharing not only lessens the negative impact on the environment but also helps ease the limited parking available at the Lab. To get started, log-in here with your LDAP username and password.

Guest House: Valentine's Contest Winners Enjoy Prize; Special Rates, Food Delivery Now Available

guest houseLab employees Marsha Sullivan (EH&S) and Haiguang Liu (Physical Biosciences) won the Guest House Valentine's contest based on their essays about the scientific reasons people fall in love. They won a complementary stay in the Guest House. The Guest House is currently offering special rates and now provides room service. Two local vendors have contracts with many local restaurants and will deliver food to guests. Information on this service is available in each room. More>

glass boxSafety: Put Fragile, Broken Glass in Special Receptacle

While most items made of glass, like consumer items or empty, clean chemical bottles, can be placed in recycling bins, delicate laboratory glass, such as tubing or beakers, should be placed in special disposal boxes (pictured). Broken glass should also be placed in these boxes. This helps prevent custodians from getting cut when emptying recycling bins. The boxes can be purchased from VWR via eBuy (#56617-801) for $18 per six-pack.

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