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Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010

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New Video Glossary Clips: Radioactivity, Measuring Universe

The video glossary feature located on the Lab’s homepage continues to grow in popularity; it has received more than 300,000 hits since its debut early last year. Part of what keeps people coming to the site is the addition of new topics, and two more were recently posted. In "Radioactivity," Jason Detwiler of the Nuclear Science Division gives examples of two ways that a radioactive nucleus can decay, and in "Measuring the Universe," David Schlegel of the Physics Division talks about how the large-scale distribution of galaxies can be used as a standard ruler to measure the scale of the Universe almost all the way back to the beginning.

Stimulus: NIH Announces New Funding Opportunities

aLab researchers are eligible to apply for four new funding opportunities announced by the National Institutes of Health and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The opportunities are posted on the Lab’s Recovery Act website. Researchers can also contact the Office of Sponsored Projects and Industry Partnerships for more information.

EH&S: Keep Your Guard Up — Flu Season Isn't Over

aHealth Services and the Pandemic Flu Task Force remind all staff to continue to take preventative measures to avoid getting the flu this season. While overall flu activity decreased in December, flu is likely to continue for several months, caused by either the H1N1 virus or seasonal flu viruses. The best way to protect yourself and your family from both forms of flu is to get vaccinated. In addition to seasonal flu vaccine, supplies of H1N1 vaccine are increasing and are now available to the broad population. Health Services has received a new shipment of the H1N1 vaccine, which will be available to employees on a first-come, first-served basis. Details on dates and location will appear in TABL soon. Local vaccination clinics can also be found using the vaccine locator tool.

lGuest House: Special Rate Discount in January; Open House on Jan. 13

The Berkeley Lab Guest House is offering a discount for stays during January. Standard rooms are just $100 per night (regularly $119) and studio suites are $130 per night (regularly $149). There is a $10 charge for each additional guest. The rooms feature wireless Internet access, HD televisions, and complimentary parking, among other amenities. The facility also offers "grab-and-go" food and drinks for purchase in the lobby, as well as a snack machine on the third floor. Many local eateries deliver food, or guests can venture offsite to any number of nearby restaurants. Employees can check out the facility during an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More>

lEmployee Development: Webinars for Staff, Supervisors on Creating More Effective Work Relationships

Struggling with how to respond to a challenging coworker, employee or supervisor? On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Berkeley Lab Learning Institute will offer two webinars that provide practical ideas for how to work effectively with the people who concern you the most. These interactive sessions will explore typical scenarios that occur at work and the most effective ways to respond. Separate sessions are offered for employees (BLI0143) and supervisors (BLI0128). Registration is required.

UC Update: Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Guarantee UC Funding

Vowing to protect higher education funding, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed a proposal yesterday to amend the state constitution to shift money from prisons to higher education. The amendment he introduced in his State of the State address would limit the state correctional budget to no more than 7 percent of state general fund revenue and guarantee that the University of California and California State University together would receive no less than 10 percent. The funding shift would begin in the 2011-12 fiscal year and be fully realized in 2014-15. More>

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