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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Lab in TV Program on Homegrown Accelerators


[KQED] QUEST journeys back in time to find out how physicists on the UC Berkeley campus in the 1930s, and at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Menlo Park in the 1970s, created so-called “atom smashers” that led to key discoveries about the tiny constituents of the atom – from the nucleus all the way down to the quarks. These homegrown particle accelerators paved the way for the Large Hadron Collider, so big that its 17-mile underground tunnel straddles the border between Switzerland and France. The episode features Michael Barnett and Larry Phair of Berkeley Lab. More>

Research: UC Scientists Lend Expertise in Gulf Oil Crisis

Oil CrisisUC Davis veterinarian Michael Ziccardi has led animal rescue efforts in more than 65 oil spills, but the April 20 blowout of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is like no other disaster he's seen. He's one of dozens of University of California researchers mobilizing their expertise in assessing the magnitude of the spill, aiding in the clean-up efforts and evaluating the long-term repercussions. Government agencies have tapped UC researchers to serve on investigative panels that are uncovering knowledge that could improve spill response and prove particularly important in California, which is no stranger to oil spills. Curt Oldenburg of Berkeley Lab is a member of the government's Flow Rate Technical Group. More>

Health and Safety: Reminder on Lab's Smoking Policy

smokingEmployees, guests, contractors, and visitors are reminded to follow the Lab's smoking policy by disposing cigarette butts or other smoking materials in the Lab's outdoor ash cans. While smoking, staff should keep at least 20 feet away from building entrances, exits, and operable windows, particularly near the cafeteria and Building 50 Auditorium. Go here to view the smoking policy (RPM Section 2.23(J)) and instructions on how to obtain outdoor ash cans or request an EH&S review.

Facilities: Parking on Lawrence Road Near Bldg. 37 Impacted

To accommodate some lane modifications to Lawrence Road near Building 37, parking in the area will be prohibited. The work will begin tomorrow and will take about two to three weeks to complete. Contact Tom Reese (x5944) for more information.

HR Benefits: August Calendar of Events is Now Available

From a “Caregiver Stress and Success” workshop to a Fidelity talk on “Building a Portfolio for Any Weather,” the HR Benefits department hosts a number of events to help staff manage their work and life. To assist in tracking upcoming events, the department produces a monthly calendar, and the August edition is now available.

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