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Thursday, June 17, 2010


EETD Receives $800,000 for Smart Grid Project

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The Energy and Environmental Technologies Division has received $800,000 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide technical assistance to awardees of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. The DOE has invested $3.375 billion in this program, which provides grants ranging from $500,000 to $20 million for smart grid technology deployments, grants of $100,000 to $5 million for the deployment of grid monitoring devices, and matching grants of up to 50 percent for investments planned by electric utilities and other entities to deploy smart grid technologies.

EETD researchers Chuck Goldman and Peter Cappers will establish and manage a group of experts that will provide input on and help develop methodologically rigorous experimental designs for conducting consumer behavior studies of Advanced Metering Infrastructure- enabled dynamic pricing projects.

Special Event: The Brightest Lights of Science

Swissnex logo On Tuesday, June 22, swissnex San Francisco will present an evening with Berkeley Lab's Roger Falcone and Carolyn Larabell, and with Luc Patthey of the Paul Scherrer Institute's Swiss Light Source, who is presently at SLAC. They'll talk about light sources of the present and future, with Falcone explaining how light sources, including the Advanced Light Source, work and Larabell and Patthey presenting examples from biology and material science of the research they enable. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and presentations will be followed by a reception. The event is free, but advance RSVP is required. Go here for details and directions.

In the News: Don DePaolo Speaks on Carbon Sequestration logo [] Earth Sciences division director Don DePaolo raised new questions about carbon sequestration during the Goldschmidt Conference hosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He examined how current plans for carbon storage could benefit by paying more attention to the critical role of underground chemical reactions. According to DePaolo, research is needed to analyze how fast such reactions proceed and which minerals are affected to better gauge the efficiency of carbon storage projects. More>

Stress imageWellness: Managing Stress in Times of Change

The Lab's HR Benefits group is hosting a free workshop on "Managing Stress in Times of Change" on Thursday, June 24, at 11:30 a.m. in the Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54). This workshop will discuss reactions and stress associated with change, identify common processes for change and transition, and explore common pitfalls to avoid. The guest speaker will be Laurie Yamamoto, LCSW and a senior counselor for UC Berkeley's CARE Services. Registration is recommended, but drop-ins are welcome.

IT: Google Calendar and GMail Classes

Mail graphicIn preparation for the Labs conversion to Google Calendar from Oracle Calendar, the IT Division is offering hands-on training in the Bldg. 90-26 computer training facility. Register for BLI0942 through the HR Self-Service Website. Twelve additional sessions have been scheduled prior to our target conversion date of July 31. For information on lecture-style Google Calendar or Gmail overviews, go here.

Free MATLAB and Simulink Sessions on June 22

The IT Division and MathWorks are hosting two free seminars on June 22 in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. "Technical Computing with MATLAB and Simulink" will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. "Handling Large Data Sets" will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

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