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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Special Event

World Trade Center Survivor Talk on Thursday

World Trade Center Survivor

Michael Hingson, who survived the World Trade Center attack on 9/11 along with his guide dog Roselle, will be the inaugural speaker of the Perspectives on Diversity lecture series on Thursday at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. “Since that day, I’ve traveled the world with Roselle and her successors; at first to help people heal and hope, and now, to help them find meaning and purpose,” says Hingson. “As a blind person living in today’s world I want people to see that while there are many different kinds of people, each with their own different gifts, we all can live and work together if we choose to open our minds and hearts and become a more inclusive world.” The Lab’s Diversity Council is sponsoring the event.

Research: A Step Toward a National Smart Grid Standard

National Smart Grid StandardThe marketplace for Smart Grid technology products is expanding thanks in part to an open-source communications specification developed by Berkeley Lab and its research partners. The OpenADR communications specification provides a common “language” for developers of technology for the Smart Grid. OpenADR allows building control systems to respond automatically to Internet-based signals that provide electricity grid prices and reliability messages. More>

Computing: NERSC's New Carver System Goes Into Production

nersc serverA new system is in production at NERSC, which provides high-performance computing resources to 3,000 users annually, in disciplines ranging from computational cosmology to nanoscience. Built on IBM iDataPlex technology, the new system is called “Carver” in honor of American scientist and inventor George Washington Carver. The new platform replaces NERSC’s Opteron “Jacquard” cluster and IBM Power5 “Bassi” system, which were both decommissioned at the end of April. Carver is comprised of 400 computer nodes interconnected by the latest 4X QDR InfiniBand technology. More>

Employee Development: Onsite Classes for Excel, Excel Pivot Tables, and Word in June

The Berkeley Lab Learning Institute is offering Microsoft Office 2007 classes for Excel Advanced (BLI0149) on June 16, Excel Pivot Tables (BLI0111) June 17, and Intro to Word (BLI0140) on June 23. The classes, taught by CMC Training, are $75 each. Go here for information and to register. E-mail a Project ID number to Karen Paris for payment.

HR Benefits: June Calendar of Events is Available

From a new postdoc benefits orientation to a workshop on creating a retirement plan, 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 June edition is now available.

Employee Activity: Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 15

The Lab’s Philanthropy Club is hosting a visit by the Red Cross Bloodmobile on Tuesday, June 15, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria parking lot. Go here to make an appointment, using “LBL” as the sponsor code. For more information, contact Heather Pinto (x4181).

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