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Friday, June 11, 2010


FRANCE WINS WORLD CUP.... photo contest

The French are known for being fashionable, and fashionably late. Their last-minute surge helped catapult them to the winning spot in a contest for the country with the most World Cup fans at the Lab. The punctual Germans were the first to show up, with an impressive showing of six supporters, and the English fans quickly followed suit with six of their own. But the French swooped in for the win with eight fans. It was a virtual United Nations on the cafeteria lawn yesterday, with two representatives each for Brazil, Italy, USA and Mexico, and one each for Argentina/Uruguay and Switzerland. Go here to view photos and names of the whole group and the winning team.

NERSC: Hopper Powers Science on NERSC's New Cray XE6

gmailAmerican computer scientist Grace Hopper will power science on the cabinets of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's (NERSC) petascale Cray XE6 system. A pioneer in the field of software development and programming languages, Hopper created the first compiler. She was a champion for increasing the usability of computers, understanding that their power and reach would be limited unless they were made to be more user friendly. NERSC's new flagship machine is named "Hopper" in her honor. More>

Nuclear Science: A Stellar Week for JET

DASTWThe brand-new, multi-institutional JET Topical Collaboration, whose project director and co-spokesperson is Xin-Nian Wang of Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division (NSD), is funded by the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Physics Office for theoretical studies of the quark-gluon plasma. On Friday, June 18, an inaugural Symposium on Jet and Electromagnetic Tomography of Dense Matter officially kicks off the Collaboration, introduced by NSD’s director James Symons and featuring 13 leading nuclear scientists from around the world. Followed by JET’s first collaboration meeting over the weekend, the JET Symposium is preceded by a four-day JET Summer School for graduate students and young researchers, starting Monday, June 14. More>

Facilities: New Construction to Affect Traffic, Parking

Starting tomorrow and continuing through October, one lane of traffic on Lawrence Road will be closed to accommodate the installation of new parking south of the Guest House. Contact Ross Schaefer (x2244) or Tim Kemper (x6917) for information. Also, construction this weekend and next will close the roadway between Buildings 4 and 25 to 5 and 44, with a partial lane closure in front of Buildings 25 and 44. Contact Sheree Swanson (x4025) or Tim Kemper (x6917) for information. Pedestrians and drivers should use caution when traversing these areas and follow flagger instruction and any posted signage.

OCFO: FMS, TREX, eBuy Systems Upgraded This Weekend

Employees are reminded that FMS, TREX and eBuy are going to be taken offline at noon today to upgrade the underlying technology. These systems should available again at 8 a.m. on Monday. A summary of these changes is available here. After the upgrade, it is recommended that users check their browser’s version. To optimize use of the upgraded system, users should be on Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3.5 or higher, or Safari 3.1 or higher. Users are also recommended to clear their browser’s cache. In addition, FMS users such as budget and resource analysts will also need to upgrade their nVision software.

Site Access: Badge Office Closed Monday to Process Summer Interns

The Badge Office will be closed Monday in order to process summer interns, teachers, and faculty. As such, there will be no badge or parking permit processing, parking, generation of LDAP passwords, GERT Training, or other services the office normally provides. Contact Sam Houston (x4855) for more information.

Employee Development: Classes for Excel, Excel Pivot Tables, and Word This Month

There is still space available for the Microsoft Excel Advanced (BLI0149) on June 16, Excel Pivot Tables (BLI0111) on 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.

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