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Monday, Jan. 11, 2010


Lab Designer Creates Calligraphy Piece for Obama

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Flavio RoblesInspired by the election of Barack Obama in 2008, Flavio Robles, a designer and illustrator in the Lab’s Creative Services Office, created a calligraphic depiction of Obama’s inaugural address. He will send the piece — which consists of nine 22 x 30 pages and took nearly 100 hours to complete — to the White House and would be thrilled if the President chose to display it. “I was so moved by the many positive messages in the speech and I hope the calligraphy will inspire others who may have a chance to see it,” he said. Those interested in viewing the piece before it is sent off can do so tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 2-B100.

docEH&S: H1N1 Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday

Lab employees — including those outside the high-risk categories — can receive H1N1 flu shots on a first-come, first-served basis at Health Services (Building 26) on Wednesday from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Supplies are limited so appointments are necessary (x6266). No walk-ins are permitted.

IT: Winners of Mobility Competition Announced

iphoneThe Mobility Competition is now complete, and judges Jay Keasling and Jim Krupnick have announced more than two-dozen awards. The aim of the competition, sponsored by the Information Technology (IT) Division, was to inspire Lab staff to imagine — and even develop — useful mobile applications to advance the mission of Berkeley Lab. The judges reviewed 98 entries in the Idea Track, and 10 fully coded applications in the Code Track. Among the winners for the Code Track was the "Materials Genome Browser" and for the Idea Track "STAK," which will aid with stack parking at the Lab. The IT Division thanks all who participated in the competition and looks forward to implementing many of the excellent ideas.

Computing: ESnet Gets a Jump on Implementing DNS Security

esnetThe Department of Energy has finished implementing Domain Name System Security Extensions to its high-performance Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) using a commercial appliance to digitally sign Domain Name System records and manage cryptographic keys. The signed records were published last month, in December 2009, ahead of a mandate from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget requiring government networks outside of the .gov domain to do so. More>

Guest HouseGuest House: Special Rate Discount in January; Open House Wednesday

Lab employees who may be hosting guests this month are reminded that the Guest House is offering discounted rates ($19 off the regular price) on their standard rooms and studio suites throughout January. Those who want to learn more about the Guest House and what it has to offer are invited to attend an open house on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LockoutEH&S: Practical Training Component Added to LOTO Training

Beginning Feb. 26, the Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) training will require both classroom and practical training. The practical training will involve hands-on activities to allow employees the opportunity to demonstrate they can perform LOTO correctly. Everyone who performs LOTO will be required to take the classroom training (EHS0358) before taking the new practical training (EHS0359). The initial classroom and practical training expires after a year; staff will then be required to take the online refresher training (EHS0258) and the practical training (EHS0359) annually. Go here for a description of what classes are required and applicable dates.

Policy: Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the Laboratory on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services (as defined by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994). More>

Policy: Compensated Outside Professional Activities

Laboratory policy on Compensated Outside Professional Activity (COPA, formerly known as Outside Business Activity) has been updated to comply with DOE Contract 31 requirements. The Lab’s procedures for review and approval of such activities have expanded to include centralized institutional review, including, as circumstances warrant, review by the Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee. Use the new Request to Engage in Compensated Outside Professional Activities form to request approval for such activities. Conflict of Interest information and resources are available here. Questions may be addressed to [email protected]. Berkeley Lab's conflict-of-interest policies apply to all employees, including faculty members, who perform work under the UC/DOE Contract, regardless of the percent time employed. The conflict-of-interest policies stem from the Lab management contract between the University of California and DOE, University policy, and federal and state laws and regulations. The updated policy is detailed in RPM 10.02.

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